Friday, July 5, 2019

Try my new craftivity based on Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor!

Did you love the We Don't Eat Our Classmates craftivity? Try my new craftivity based on Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor.
After you read Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Salas, make your own “dragon” and insects for it to "eat" nom nom nom! On the back, write summaries, notes, or facts! 
Also included, a quick extension activity to help students discuss rumors versus the truth! 

 Thank you for reading! ~ Mrs. Thakkar

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

End of Year Make a Summer Reading List Idea

As we're wrapping up the year, I made a little Youtube book trailier playlist and a bookmark for students to take notes on what books to read. I added a variety of Monarch titles from the 2019 and 2020 lists, along with some longer chapter books. This is geared to my K-2, who have a wide variety of reading levels! 

Here is the trailer playlist, and this is the bookmark Google Doc 

I printed them on orange cardstock and cut them into 4ths. Please make your own copy and use as you need! 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Roll and Cite

Looking for a fun game to end the year?

Grab a die (or 2), any book, and play Roll and Cite!

Students roll the die, look at the number and find the title or copyright. They can either keep a written record or simply discuss it with a partner. Happy Citing! =)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Happy Pi Day!

I wanted to incorporate pi day and note taking in the library, and decided to adapt a via Newsela article and add Cornell notes (lite) for students to start writing notes in that style.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Night Gardener

After you read The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers, give students an activity that incorporates their names, nouns and making their own topiary.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

We Don't Eat Our Classmates

We Don't Eat Our Classmates

Hilarious hijinks abound in this adorable book by Ryan T. Higgins. We made our own "-Rex" and s/he, of course, ate their classmates!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hi Jack! by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli - 1 star

Hi Jack!
Author: Mac Barnett                                                                               
Illustrator: Greg Pizzoli
Advanced Readers' Edition - Viking (an Imprint of Penguin Random House)
February 26, 2019                                                                                                 
Read: 11/27/18

Not a huge fan - Jack is bad Jack - steals purse, lipstick, etc from The Lady. Jack writes on The Lady's nice walls. The Lady gives Jack a gift!
I really did not enjoy this book. I understand having few words to make the story as it is an early reader book and that limits plots, etc. But I really don't enjoy books where the character is rewarded for being bad, and the refrain Bad Jack is repeated so often. It has a No David quality, but not as sweet, nor does Jack make amends (as David does when he has to clean the tables he drew on), and after learning about the history of monkeys and apes as characters, I REALLY don't like it.
As I read more about this book and it's creators, I learned that there was also a controversy on the anthropomorphic monkey, and a long history of people of African descent being represented as monkeys, apes or gorillas, in an effort to paint them as less than human, and an ongoing misrepresentation for colonizers and others to justify slavery and other inhumane acts.

It looks like Jack will now be a dog or a rabbit. It's a bit hard to tell in the new pictures of the covers.

I love Mac Barnett and other books he authored, like Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen. I'm not a huge fan of Greg Pizzoli, author-illustrator of The Watermelon Seed and others.

This early reader missed the mark for me, as I think there are better titles and series out there.