In this universal immigration story, Dan Yaccarino shares how a little shovel was passed down through four generations of his Italian-American family along with some good advice: "Work hard, but remember to enjoy life, and never forget your family."
Grade 2/3 students were a bit confused tracing the author's roots back to his great-grandfather, but they were able to use the text to figure out the family tree. Students searched for the shovel and discussed its importance to the author's past and future.
The brave children in Mrs. White's Toddler Class went on a bear hunt in WTW class as they read Michael Rosen's, We're Going on a Bear Hunt!
They made their way through a river, through squishy mud, through tall, wavy grass, and through a swirling, whirling snowstorm, to a dark cave.
Share the video below with your toddler for more details about this great adventure.
Yet another Bear Hunt if you are feeling brave...
After hearing about cave that the Preschool Class was creating, Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson sounded like a good pick.
In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.
While bear sleeps, he is joined by a menagerie of woodland animals looking for some relief from the cold winter weather. His guests pop popcorn, brew some hot tea, and enjoy themselves in bear's cave as "bear snores on" and misses all the fun.
The children enthusiastically joined in on the recurring refrain, "The bear snores on," and eagerly shared stories of their fathers (who shall remain nameless) who possibly snore even louder than bear!!
This Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' house, nothing seems to go as planned. First the turkey slides down the ice-covered hill and into the pond. Then the bakery has no more pies to sell...In spite of all of the problems, this Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' is the best ever...
Will anybody have turkey for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Not if turkey has his way... Turkey decides that he will not be the main course at dinner if he doesn't look like a turkey. After many attempts at disguising himself as other animals, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise...
Grade 4 students listened to and discussed Books for Children of the World: The Story of Jella Lepman, written by Sydelle Pearl. This picture book tells the true story of Jella Lepman, a German Jew who spent World War II in England, writing for British and American newspapers. After the war, at the request of the U.S Army, Lepman returned to Germany as a cultural and educational advisor. Asked to determine the needs of the children in Germany, Lepman saw the children's desire for books. After much hard work, Lepman was able to organize the first international event held in postwar Germany, an exhibition of children's books donated from all over the world that originated in Munich and traveled throughout the country. In addition, she persuaded a German newspaper to print 30,000 copies of her own translation of The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, so she could distribute it to German children during the traveling book exhibit. In 1949, Jella Lepman founded the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany with the goal of promoting international and intercultural understanding.
If the war is really over, if one is to believe in peaceful coexistence, the first messengers of that peace will be these children's books. -Jella Lepman
After reading this book together, fourth grade students were able to connect it to the books that they had read in Language Arts, Number the Stars by Lowis Lowry and Extra Credit by Andrew Clements. They were also able to connect the metaphor of books as a bridge to peace and understanding to their previous discussions of bridges across cultures.
The Kindergarten class read the story of how Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge shared his memories and helped his elderly friend remember some of her own.
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge’s favorite person at the old people’s home next door is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she also has four names. When he overhears his parents lamenting how Miss Nancy has lost her memory, he decides to look for some to give her. With some help from his elderly neighbors, Wilson Gordon McDonald Partridge gathers a basket of memories for his dear friend, and in doing so, creates some that he will treasure in the future.
When kindergartners heard the different ways that the elderly characters define the word "memory" for Wilfred, they immediately made connections. As one child explained, "A memory is like a warm cozy blanket."