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

Activities:

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!

 

January 5

Digital Citizenship Workshop – Facts vs. Opinions

Today we listen to the story;

Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex

Afterwards we will complete a short assignment to make sure we understand the difference.  Understanding the difference between facts and opinions is another way we can be great digital citizens.  There is so much information online presented as a fact when it is actually just an opinion.  And in this book we learn how important it is to listen respectfully to the opinions of others even if we don’t agree with them.  This is especially true online when we make comments on each other’s blogs and social media.

 

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!