This week fifth and sixth graders were introduced to Wonderopolis. This wonderful website has a “Wonder of the Day” each day that includes a short video and a text. The text can be read or listened to and “wonder words” are underlined and have live links to definitions of the words. There is also an extensive archive of past “wonders” for students to choose from. I had students fill out an iPad task card called 3-2-1 in which they wrote down 3 facts they learned from the article, 2 opinions they had about the subject, and 1 thing they still wondered about. I had made an icon on the iPads for Wonderopolis so that streamlined the process of finding the website.
Also in the Library this week…
Kindergarten–This week we talked about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. I found one of the wonderful DK books in the series called See How They Grow about butterflies and projected it from the site WeGiveBooks.org. To compare it with a fiction book about the same subject we looked at Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison.
First Grade–One of our first graders donated a charming book to the Library in honor of his birthday called Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright. This is the story of a very recalcitrant groundhog who needs a lot of coaxing to come out of his hole on Groundhog Day. The rhyming story was a big hit with the class!
Second Grade–The second graders could relate to the main character’s dilemma in Ralph Tells A Story by Abby Hanlon. Poor Ralph can’t ever think of something to write about when the teacher says, “Stories are everywhere!” He finally comes up with a doozy and then continues to write book after book. It was fun for the class to try to come up with stories from the prompts in the narrative and they loved the titles of Ralph’s books that are on the end piece.
Third Grade–A great way to study similes and figurative language is to read Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley. Told from the point of view of a sheriff, this book is so much fun to read aloud. The dialog is hilarious in places and the examples of similes abound. Next week we will read the sequel, Raising Sweetness.
Fourth Grade–Math Curse by Jon Scieszka is a great book for audience participation and the story of a boy who discovers that “everything can be a math problem” goes from simply silly to downright challenging!
Fifth and Sixth Grade–see opening post