Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kids' Corner Reading (Jan. 16, 2012)

Today I am starting something new. I am a K-12 Media Specialist who has classes for students in grades K-6. I thought I would share (periodically) what I am reading to and with my younger students. This semester that includes 2 classes of first graders, two classes of second graders, four classes of third graders and four classes of fifth graders.
This past week I began First Grade classes with Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. We also talked about the sticker on the cover which was the Sibert Award Medal. We talked about nonfiction books and biographies. We took advantage of some of our computer lab time to learn how to search using Google. We wanted to find a video of the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

Next week we will be looking at the 2012 Caldecott Award winner and the Honor books winners too. I just had a chance to read A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka myself and loved the emotion he got in his very minimalist drawings. I will also be reading Blackout by John Rocco, Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, and Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell. We'll do some more internet searching on our lab day too. I think we'll be either looking for more about Jane Goodall or videos of chimpanzees.

The Second Graders learn about genres in Media classes this year. I began with reading Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and The Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler. I had read a number of the Picture Book series but this was the first time I had read about MLK.

The kids really liked the pictures and ideas in Martin's Big Words too. We used part of our lab time to work on our internet searching skills too. We wanted to hear Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech for ourselves. Knowing second graders' attention spans I found this YouTube video that just hit the high points of his speech.
Next week I will be reading Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Alpha Betti by Carlene Morton as we learn about the genres we will be studying and learn about finding books in the Media Center.
I also read The Pirates of Plagiarism by Lisa Downey which I will be using later in the semester with my third graders before they begin doing a small research project. Right now they are busy using Motivator at Big Huge Labs to make an I Love to Read poster.

That's it for this week. Have you read any of these?

1 comment:

  1. Oh, how cute. We have a dog named Daisy so my kids would love A Ball for Daisy. :)


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