Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rotation Ten

Bonus Rotation!
Some students had library class before the break and some had it after.  Those who had classes before the break learned about the Winter Olympics.  Those who had their class after the break learned about Dr. Seuss (in honor of his birthday on March 2)

Guiding Questions: What are the sports of the Winter Olympics? (vocabulary building)  What is special about the Olympic flag and the Olympic torch?

Dr. Seuss
Guiding Questions: What is "nonsense"?  Who was Dr. Seuss?  What are some Dr. Seuss books we know?

PreK3, PreK, K read selected passages from...The Foot Book, Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

This story cautions us to keep our eyes wide open so we can learn as much as possible.  And in this story we hear the classic Dr. Seuss wisdom: "The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" 

 The younger students also enjoyed hearing me get all twisted up with tongue twisters from Fox in Sox and they loved chiming in for the familiar words from Green Eggs and Ham ("I will not eat them HERE or THERE.  I will not eat them ANYWHERE!")

Grade 1 read Horton Hatches an Egg

Horton promises to sit on lazy Mayzie's egg, but when she takes off for a sunny beach and never returns he finds it more and more difficult to keep his promise.  Still, "he meant what he said and he said what he meant.  An elephant's faithful, 100%"!  This a wonderful story about dedication.

Grade 2 & 3 read The King's Stilts

When King Bitram works he REALLY works and when he plays he really PLAYS.  He loves to play on his tall red stilts, but when Lord Droon hatches an evil plan to ruin the stilts, the whole kingdom suffers.  The king can't do his job without getting a little leisure time.  Happily, Eric, the page boy finds a way to solve the problem and Droon gets a perfect punishment!  A story for learning about the importance of balance in life.

Grades 4 & 5 
Guiding Question: How do we "read" a webpage?  We scroll all the way through the page first.  We notice headings that relate to our question/information need.  We use the sidebar like a table of contents.  We use hyperlinks only if necessary.

Students completed a web quest about the history of the Olympics.  Each question was linked to a webpage where students could scan for the answer to practice the skills of "reading" a webpage.