Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mother Goose and Olivia

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a great winter vacation. We're back in the groove here in the library. 

PreK 3, 4: Guiding Question: What objects do we need to tell some nursery rhymes? What order do the pieces go in?
We learned two rhymes, "Hickory Dickory Dock," and "Hey Diddle Diddle". For each one, we read and repeated, sang, did a flannel story, and a video. For the flannel story, we needed to figure out what pieces we'd need to tell the story. Then we sang the rhymes and took turns putting the flannel pieces on the board.
Mother Goose Club has the best videos!
Our flannel stories are from Gaylord.

Kinder: Guiding Question: What are "Rebus" Rhymes? How do they help us read?

We read two nursery rhymes to the point of memorization ("Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" and "Humpty Dumpty") and then used rebus rhymes from Enchanted Learning to "read" the poems. Rebus rhymes use pictures next to words to help us get into the flow of reading.

Grade 1: Guiding Question: What makes Olivia one of our "classic characters"?

Oliva joined me in the Piazza San Marco in October.
She's so fun and fabulous, has such flair and personality. We just LOVE her! I told classes about my trip to Venice with Olivia and what a great travel companion she was. We read her first story, Olivia, by Ian Falconer, and then the story Olivia and the Missing Toy. We also took a peek at some of the short videos on her fun website

Grade 2: Guiding Question: What do we look for in an award-winning book?

We read Olivia, by Ian Falconer, a Caldecott honor book, paying attention to the Falconer's use of color (only red!) white space (lots of it) and expressions. We tried to choose words to describe some of the expressions on Oliva and her mother's faces at different times in the story. (Oliva looks annoyed, blissful, confident, eager. Her mother looks suspicious, horrified, and amused.) 

Grade 3: Guiding Question: How does the Dewey system help us find what we need?

We used a power point (scroll to "Dewey) to give some background about Mr. Dewey and then talked about popular books in our library and how they fit into the 10 Dewey categories. A tour snaking through the Dewey section and a chance to choose a favorite nonfiction book made a good introduction for this week. Next, we start to practice using the Dewey numbers and finding books on our own.

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