Friday, November 27, 2009

Rotation Two

PreK 3 through Grade 1
Guiding Question: What are the parts of a book?
We reviewed terms from last week, practiced the art of turning pages from the corner, and read a story from the hilarious Charlie and Lola series.

But Excuse Me, That is My Book, by Lauren Child
Older brother, Charlie, tries to convince his little sister, Lola, that there are lots of wonderful books in the library, but she's so fixated on one book.  She doesn't even want anyone else to borrow it!  When someone does check-out the book she wanted, she's forced to try something else, and guess what?  She loves that book just as much as her old favorite!

Grade 2
Guiding Questions: What is setting?  How to details in a story show setting?  How do we use atlases?
Students learned to look up cities in an atlas, wrote the name of the country and continent where the cities are located, learned to identify capital cities, and practiced scanning a page for information.  We will do two more lessons to practice these skills during the next two rotations.

The Story About Ping, by Marjorie Flack
Ping knows he'll get a spanking if he's late to get back on the boat where he lives with his family.  But one day, he can't help being late.  He decides to hide to escape the spanking, but after a day full of adventures, he's realizes he'd rather go back and get spanked than be apart from his family another day.

Grade 3
Guiding Questions: What is a refugee?  What challenges might a refugee face? What are "developing" countries?
Each student chose a developing country to learn about.  We will use various reference sources over the next several rotations to find facts about this place.

Gervelie's Journey: A Refugee Diary, by Anthony Robinson
Gervelie's family has to flee their home in Africa because so many people are being killed there.  It takes them a long time to find a place where they will be safe and allowed to stay.  Gervelie faces the challenge of moving often at the same time she learns to live without her mother, who stayed behind.  This uplifting, true story opens our eyes to the plight and emotional turmoil of life as a refugee.

Grade 4 & 5
Grade 4 and 5 students are enjoying using the library as a reading workshop space.   They are using their time to browse to find books that are "just right" for their level, choosing quiet spots to read, and conferencing with their teacher.