April 14

Cranky Bear Stories

I am excited because today is a super fun storytime.  We read not one, but 3 Cranky Bear books!!  I have also included a Cranky colouring page you can print out and colour!

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland

The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland

Print your own Cranky Colouring Page

If you have any trouble downloading or viewing the colouring page, contact b.ruel@theojcs.ca

April 12

Earth Day Story – The Curious Garden

To help us celebrate Earth Day, today we are reading ‘The Curious Garden‘ by Peter Brown.

Earth Day Activity Ideas

  • Recycle Bin Raid – find one item in your recycle bin and turn it into something new and amazing!  Maybe that little milk carton can become a tiny bird feeder!  Maybe that paper towel tube can become an art project giraffe!  Use your imagination to transform a piece of trash into a treasure.
  • Local Garbage Pick-Up – go out with a parent and find somewhere in your neighbourhood that could use a garbage clean up.  Remember to be safe and wear gloves and don’t touch anything sharp!
  • Be a Curious Gardener – if you can get your hands on some seedlings, do some gardening of your own.  If you aren’t sure how to plant a seedling, get a parent or an older sibling to help.  Gardening takes lots of practice, but over time you will get your green thumb.
April 12

Earth Day Story – Wangari’s Trees of Peace

Today we read the true story of Wangari Maathai.  The book is called ‘Wangari’s Trees of Peace‘ and it is by Jeanette Winter.

Discussion Questions

These can be discussed as a class or your answers can be left on this page as a comment.

  1. What parallels can you draw between Wangari and Greta Thunberg?
  2. What were some of the many ways that Wangari’s Green Belt Movement had an impact?
  3. How did the Green Belt Movement help to foster peace in Kenya?

Activity – Spread a Green Message on Your Socials!

If you have a school blog, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat account, use today as a day to post about an environmental topic that is important to you.  For some inspiration check out some TikTok #earthday videos!



April 8

Scrambled-Up Poetry

April is poetry month!!  Today we read a few mixed-up poems from the following books;

Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky, pictures by Peter Sis


Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein


Depending on the age of your students, here are some great activity ideas for your students…

  1. Shel Silverstein Runny Babbit Worksheet (page 5 of document)  Decode some of Shel’s hilarious ‘Spoonerisms’.
  2. Create your own Scranimal!!  Combine a vegetable or fruit and an animal of your choice into a hilarious drawing.  Make sure you give it a silly name.
  3. For our grade 2+ students, here is a great video activity where students can create their own rhyming poetry.

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