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Austin T. Levy School Library: Past Lessons

Week 11 Kindergarten

Over the last 3 weeks, we compared two books that had so much in common they were almost the same story. How silly! But it doesn't end there. We have another story today, only this story is a movie! Have you ever seen the movie Fantasia? It was a favorite of mine growing up. In The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mickey Mouse shows us another way the same story can be retold.

After, try to make connections between the three stories to fill in the blanks of the activity. It is numbered, so you don't need to print anything. Try to use your memory of last week's activity!

 

Draw, Write, or Tell

Send your answers to Miss Zemske with your choice
​1. Email at zemskek@bsd-ri.net
2. ClassDojo
3. FlipGrid (Click the link <<< If you haven't tried yet, it's super easy!)

For parents, Fantasia is a G rated movie is an imaginative movie set to classical music. The link under the video will take you directly to where the video is hosted on the Disney website. 

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Week 10 Kindergarten

Before we finish reading Anansi and the Magic Stick, think back to the predictions you made last week. What do you think the problem will be? Who do you think will solve the problem? 

After the story- were your predictions correct? How did you know what would happen? I bet the story seemed very similar to Strega Nona! There are many connections between the two stories. How many connections can you make? Take a look at the pictures and try to match the parts of the story. You can print the activity and draw lines, make your own pictures, or use your words to tell me!

Let's do the first one together. I see a picture of Anthony from Strega Nona. He connects with Anansi because they both stole a magical item, lost control, and needed help. Do you see how they are the same? 

Try the others on your own! 

 

Draw, Write, or Tell

Send your answers to Miss Zemske with your choice
​1. Email at zemskek@bsd-ri.net
2. ClassDojo
3. FlipGrid (Click the link <<< If you haven't tried yet, it's super easy!)

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Week 9 Kindergarten

This week, we are going to start a book about a very famous folk character from Western Africa named Anansi, Anansi and the Magic Stick. He is a clever, tricky little spider whose story today might seem a little familiar. We are going to read half of the book and your job is to make 2 predictions: 

     1. What will be the problem? 
     2. Who will solve the problem? 

These might seem like tricky questions since we have never read an Anansi story before, right? But guess what? If you did our library lesson last week, you can definitely figure out the answers! 

 

Draw, Write, or Tell

Send your answers to Miss Zemske with your choice
​1. Email at zemskek@bsd-ri.net
2. ClassDojo
3. FlipGrid (Click the link <<< If you haven't tried yet, it's super easy!)

Week 8 Kindergarten

As you read Strega Nona with Tomie DePaola, can you find these things? 

  • A pattern of (If there are 3 of the same thing or something happens 3 times)
  • A magical item
  • The problem

After the story, can you remember?

  • Who caused the problem?
  • Who fixed the problem? 

 

Draw, Write, or Tell

Send your answers to Miss Zemske with your choice
​1. Email at zemskek@bsd-ri.net
2. ClassDojo
3. FlipGrid (Click the link <<< If you haven't tried yet, it's super easy!)

 

Week 7 Kindergarten

We've started reading books by Tomie DePaola. The book today is called The Art Lesson which some of you might have heard of before. Read along with me and then Draw or Tell What you want to be when you grow up and anything you do as a kid to help you reach that dream! You can send me a drawing any way below or just talk about it with me using FlipGrid. 

Week 6 Kindergarten

These two books are very similar, but also very different. While we read them, pay attention to what happens that is the same and what is different between the two books. 

Draw or Tell

Use pictures, writing, or your voice to tell Miss Zemske 3 things that were the same and 1 thing that was different between the two stories. 

Week 6 Kindergarten

This week we're going to bring it back to where we left off the last time we saw each other in library class. Don't worry if you don't remember! We will remember together. 

During our first week of school at home, we remembered circular story telling- stories that start and end the same way. We also remembered the Eric Carle stories that we read that were circles. 

The original plan was to read our last Eric Carle book and compare it to our first Tomie DePaola book... And we can! This week, we are going to read two books so that all of our classes are caught up together. 

Pancakes, Pancakes!: Carle, Eric, Carle, Eric: 9780887082757 ...Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®

Week 5 Assignment

Week 5 Assignment

SHOW AND TELL
What book are you reading? Share it with Miss Zemske using ONE of the ways below

1. Try FlipGrid and send a short video (you can just talk about it, show the book, or show a picture you drew about it)

2. ClassDojo (show me a photo of the book, you reading it, or a picture you drew about it)

3. Email me at zemskek@bsd-ri.net (show me a photo of the book, you reading it, or a picture you drew about it)

FlipGrid is a choice but I encourage you to give it a try and see how easy it really is. Remember, you don't have to show your face and only I will see it! 

Watch the video below to learn how to use FlipGrid

Week 11 First Grade

Let's take it slow this week, first grade friends. On epic!, after you log in, there is a mailbox at the top right corner. When you click on the mailbox, you will find a book called I Am Peace by Susan Verde. You might have to tell the book to start from the beginning since many of us will be sharing it.

After you read it, find some place quiet to take a minute to yourself and just breathe. You might practice breathing exercises that you remember from the classroom. Maybe you have your own. 

If you would like to share where you took your break, send it to Miss Zemske with your choice
​1. Email at zemskek@bsd-ri.net
2. ClassDojo
3. 
FlipGrid (Click the link <<< If you haven't tried yet, it's super easy!)

 

If you need a little help, join Jamie from Cosmic Kids for a peaceful break. You don't need to see the video, just listen and follow along. 

 

 

This is a picture of where I took a break to read I Am Peace

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Week 10 First Grade

Happy week 10 my first grade friends! This week I want to do a throw back to a lesson we did waaaaay back in October when we read Creepy Carrots. Your job was to make a comic from a different perspective. Do you remember the word perspective? It means point of view. For example, Creepy Carrots is told from the perspective of Jasper Rabbit- he is the main character and he is afraid of the creeping carrots.

We imagined the story from the perspective of the carrots. When the carrots were the main characters of the story, many of us decided that they were the ones afraid of Jasper

Using what we have learned about context clues, this week I want you to combine these two activities. 

The activity- Choose any story book and draw a picture from a different perspective. Use the steps below to help you out. 

  • Step 1: Choose a story (and tell Miss Zemske what it is!)
  • Step 2: Identify who is the main character
  • Step 3: Choose a different character
  • Step 4: Read the book again but this time stop and pay attention to this other character. Try to think about how the story seems to them. Can you put yourself in their shoes? How would you feel or react if you were this character?
  • Step 5Draw a scene from the book from this character's perspective using any context clues you need to show what they are doing and feeling. 

 

Share your pictures (and book title!) with Miss Zemske using your choice
​1. Email at zemskek@bsd-ri.net
2. ClassDojo
3. FlipGrid (Click the link <<< If you haven't tried yet, it's super easy!)

Week 9 First Grade

This week, we're using a little bit of teamwork with art class. Join "Drawing with Mrs. M" this week to learn how to draw Pigeon.

After we read our last Pigeon book together, design a Pigeon from your OWN Pigeon book!

FIRST Choose what kind of Pigeon book you want and finish the sentence 

  • Don't Let the Pigeon ____________
  • Pigeon Wants a _______________

NEXT draw Pigeon with at least 3 clues to show what he is doing and feeling. 

Here are some ideas for the different clues you can use

  • Colors (Like we will see in Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late)
  • What are his eyes and mouth doing?
  • What are his wings and legs doing?
  • Motion lines, yelling lines, a frustrated cloud over his head
  • Is he saying something? 

Send your Pigeon to Miss Zemske with your choice
​1. Email at zemskek@bsd-ri.net
2. ClassDojo
3. FlipGrid (Click the link <<< If you haven't tried yet, it's super easy!)

 

Check out Mrs. M's tutorial on how to draw Pigeon!

Week 8 First Grade

We're taking a small break from Pigeon this week but he'll be back next week, don't worry! While the Pigeon books are a great way to learn about context clues, they don't show us every way that different illustrators use different clues. Let's take a look at I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black together.

We'll see the eyes and eyebrows doing a lot of storytelling but we will also see how the illustrator uses color to show the difference between real life and imagination. Take a look below at some close ups from the book. 

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What book did you read? 

Choose one page to tell me about. What is the character doing or feeling? More importantly, how do you know? What clues tell you what they are doing or feeling? 

 

 

Send your book and clues to Miss Zemske with your choice
​1. Email at zemskek@bsd-ri.net
2. ClassDojo
3. FlipGrid (Click the link <<< If you haven't tried yet, it's super easy!)

 

Week 7 First Grade

Last week we learned about context clues- clues that that tell you a little more about the story. We found a bunch of different clues in Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and today we're going to find some in The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! 

As you read along, keep an eye our for context clues you recognize from last week and new ones. Then take a look at the 4 Pigeon pictures from the book and try to answer 

  • How many clues do you see that we already talked about last week? 
  • What are 2 NEW clues that we didn't talk about? 

 

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BONUS ROUND (This one is a choice)

Want a challenge? 

Here is a whole page from the the book. There is a clue on page that tells us a little about how the Pigeon is feeling but it doesn't have anything to do with what he's doing with his body. Can you figure it out? 

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Week 6 First Grade

Welcome to week 6!

This week, we are going to learn a little about something called context clues

Watch the video of Miss Zemske. Can you guess what kind of weather is outside her window? How do you know? 

 

I bet you guessed that it was raining out. Maybe snowing or cold. Whatever you guessed, you didn't say "sunny" or "warm." 

You noticed these context clues

  • What I say: "Aw man, I really wanted to go to the beach today." 
  • How I say it: She sighs, she sounds sad
  • What I am doing: Looking out the window

Context clues are hints or clues that an author or illustrator puts into a book to help the reader understand more about the story. I never said "I can't go to the beach because it is raining out," but you still figured it out because you noticed all of the clues and put them together like a detective. 

Are you ready to do some more detective work? 

 

Week 5 Assignment

Week 5 Assignment

SHOW AND TELL
What book are you reading? Share it with Miss Zemske using ONE of the ways below

1. Try FlipGrid and send a short video (you can just talk about it, show the book, or show a picture you drew about it)

2. ClassDojo (show me a photo of the book, you reading it, or a picture you drew about it)

3. Email me at zemskek@bsd-ri.net (show me a photo of the book, you reading it, or a picture you drew about it)

FlipGrid is a choice but I encourage you to give it a try and see how easy it really is. Remember, you don't have to show your face and only I will see it!

Watch the video below to learn how to use FlipGrid