January 12

Chapter Book Storytime – UFO Spotted!

Today we read the chapter book UFO Spotted! which is in the Hilde Cracks the Case Series.  This book is written by Hilde Lysiak and Matthew Lysiak and illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.  If you decide to stop at a certain chapter make sure you take note of the time in the video so you can start back in the same place another time.

I want you to pay attention to how important it is to Hilde to get all the FACTS before she writes her story.  Real news is fact-based.  Real journalism is not a guess or an opinion.  Real news is not based on rumours.  Real news is about stating clear facts.  That is very important in learning to differentiate real news from potentially fake, false, or misleading news.

ACTIVITY: Visit Hilde’s news site and get tips from the real Hilde!

First let’s visit Hilde’s real news site, Orange Street News, and take ten minutes to read some real news stories.

Site Address: https://orangestreetnews.com/

When you are done, listen to Hilde’s advice for aspiring journalists:

January 8

OJCS Storytime – Cleaning Frenzy!

Today we read;

Tidy by Emily Gravett

Sweep by Louise Greig and Julia Sarda


Teachers can choose between several handout activities in this amazing Emily Gravett Sweep teacher resource page.

Kitchen Cleaning Frenzy Game:

Designate one corner of your kitchen to be your ‘net’ area by marking it off with duct tape.  If you have a small real net even better.  Now arrange lots of non-breakable small objects around the kitchen floor.  These could be small toys, balls, etc…  Now use a broom and see how fast you can sweep those objects into your net.  If you have a sibling you can compete with, that is even more fun.  Use a timer to break your own record again and again!


November 19

OJCS Storytime – Time to Hibernate! (I wish!)

Today we learn about animals in Winter and hibernation!

We read:

-Animals in Winter by Stephane Poulin

-Animals that Sleep in Winter by Gwynne Vevers, illustrated by Colin Threadgall

-Kitten’s WInter by Eugenie Fernandes

-Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Activity 1: Hibernation Worksheet

Cut out the animals and match them to their Winter homes!

Activity 2: Hibernation Day

This is a special day where the class comes to school in their PJs, decides what kind of animal they want to be for the activity, and creates a special place using class materials that would accurately match how and where their animal hibernates.  So we don’t have a real cave, but a desk with a blanket overtop could turn into a cave.  We don’t have a burrow, but we could make a burrow by piling soft materials into a corner, pretending to dig down, and snuggling in!

November 12

OJCS Storytime – Super Silly Scholastic Storytime

To celebrate our upcoming Scholastic Virtual Bookfair on November 30th, today we read three super silly Scholastic books –

The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim, illustrated by Kim Smith

A Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert

Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller, Justin Lowe, and Binny Talib

We have a very special guest storyteller today!  Thank you so much for sharing this hilarious book Mia!  Her book is also a Scholastic title and will be available for purchase at the book fair.

Our Activity – Design your own Unicorn Hybrid

-Draw a unicorn hybrid.  This can be any silly animal with a unicorn horn.  Spidercorn?  Kangacorn?  They sky is the limit.  What does it eat?  What does it do for fun?


November 3

Remembrance Day – A Poppy Is to Remember

A Poppy Is to Remember by Heather Patterson and Ron Lightburn

This story is for our grades 3-8 students

Discussion Questions

  1. What are your feelings when you pin on your poppy?  Is there something you think about specifically?
  2. Remembrance day is about remembering.  What are all of the things we can and should try to remember on this day?
  3. Have any of you attended the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa?  Please share about this experience with the class.

Ottawa’s National War Memorial


November 3

OJCS Storytime – Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion

This story is for our K-2 students

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay, illustrated by Renne Benoit

Discussion Questions

  1. What are some of the special qualities that the boy’s grandfather has?  How are they like the animals mentioned in the story?
  2. In the story there are times when the grandfather feels sad.  Do we understand why he might feel sad?
  3. Why is it important that we be like elephants and wear our poppies?
October 23

OJCS Storytime – Books About Pigs!

Today we read a few books about some very adorable little piggies!

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

Story Sequencing Activity You Can Print

Teachers can print the ‘If You Give a Pig a Pancake’ story sequencing activity pages from the following document for your class.  You can choose the specific pages to print (the activity in colour is page 4 and 5, in black and white it is 25 and 26.)  Students cut out the circles and try to put them in the correct order.  You may need to re-play the story for them before they begin and having them pay close attention!