Happy Tu B’Shevat! It is such a joy to celebrate and honour trees. Our story today is ‘Our Tree Named Steve’ by Alan Zweibel and David Catrow.
Activity: Make a Steve!
This lovely and simple craft uses just a paper towel roll and some cardboard and paint. Make sure to give your tree lots of personality… I recommend adding lots of colour, pompoms, and maybe even some Googly eyes!
To help us celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, & Inclusion month, we are reading the book We Belong by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Carlos Velez Aguilera.
Inclusion Activity: Poem Template
The author of We Belong, Laura Purdie Salas, has created a wonderful poem template activity that you can use in the classroom that will enable each student to compose their own poem. For younger students, you could work together as a class.
The Book Fair Runs from December 6-9th in the OJCS chapel
The OJCS Scholastic book fair is next week so today’s storytime will give students a taste of the amazing books that will be at the fair.
The fair visit schedule is as follows;
And be sure to check out the teacher wish list board at the fair and support building the child’s in-class book collection!
For those who aren’t up to visit the fair in person, this link will be active the week of the fair and ordering online is a cinch! Here is the virtual link: https://virtualbookfairs.
Without further ado, here is the Scholastic Storytime video!
Today we read Fox and Squirrel Help Out by Ruth Ohi and Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker and Orbie
Today we read;
Bear Hug by Katharine McEwen
Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illustrated by Brooke Dyer
Here is a great website that offers links to lots of fun hibernation activities.
Today we learn about how even though we are all unique and different, in many ways we are also the same! We read Everybody by Elise Gravel and Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.
Break your students into groups of 4 and provide them with a list of questions. Find out all the ways in which they are the same and all of the ways they are different! Here is a sample handout you can use. For younger, non-reading students, you can ask questions and tally the answers on the board.
Today we read the beautiful book Bird, Butterfly, Eel by James Prosek. This will give us a great introduction to the subject of both life cycles and migration.
For a follow-up activity, download the amazing activity guide booklet available at the National Environmental Education Foundation website.