Today we will get inspired to be makers!
Be a Maker by Katey Howes, Illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts
Check out this great resource for kid-friendly maker projects:
This week kicks off the first of three science-related storytimes just in time for that special part of the year where the OJCS puts the focus on science projects and STEAM fair! We will read two stories about tightrope walkers and then do an experiment where your students can learn about centre of gravity!
Today we read;
The Man Who Walked Between The Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
High-Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun, illustrated by Erick Ingraham
NOTE: I apologize for the shaky camera, I didn’t realize that kids in the gym directly above were causing a mini earthquake!
Visit the following link for an easy experiment you can do at home or in the classroom! https://www.rookieparenting.com/can-you-balance-a-craft-stick-on-a-chopstick-science-experiment/
Tu B’Shevat is such a wonderful holiday. It is so important to grow up appreciating nature and trees! Today I will read three books about trees. They are;
Are Trees Alive? by Debbie S. Miller, illustrated by Stacey Schuett
Have You Seen Trees? by Joanne Oppenheim, illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng
Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid
Our activity this week is a beautiful but simple tree painting! All it takes is tracing your hand and part of your arm to make the trunk, painting it brown, and then choosing some pretty colours to make dots for leaves. For the full instructions visit https://www.artycraftykids.com/art/autumn-handprint-tree/
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!
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!
Today We Read;
Born to Read by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Marc Brown
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
Carlo Likes Reading by Jessica Spanyol
Your students can be just like the adorable Carlo and label the whole classroom! A great exercise in practicing writing simple words for younger students.