An interesting holiday to celebrate will always prompt me to find resources for students and teachers! Here is a choice board I enjoyed curating that is elementary in focus. Let’s celebrate 2.22.22! https://bit.ly/bgbstwos You can use FILE, make a COPY to edit your own bitmoji in if you like. I am never going to miss a chance to include the Count.
Not to discard the importance of April as Poetry and Library Month, I have loved celebrating frog month for years! In this collection of frog resources you will find the usual read alouds, but also some vintage Sesame Street videos on frogs and tadpoles, drawings, crafts, and poems- and best of all frog sounds! So many to entertain and engage little froglets in your room. To edit this file make a copy of your own!
I was lucky to collaborate with a friend in theater and a friend who uses ASL fluently to plan a book sharing experience for kinder and second-grade students recently. I wanted to share the clever little book Pizza Pig because, well, do you have to have a reason to read about either pizza or pigs? Not in my book.
Before reading we brainstormed our favorite places to go out to dinner, and what we liked best to have there. We also covered some basic ASL signs we could repeat throughout the book; pizza, pig, eat, hungry, and some various animals. Please and thank you are always good signs to use when eating out, too. As we read the book, we stopped to discuss what a bear might really want to eat other than pizza, and if he could order pizza topped with those things at this restaurant.
After we read we had two closing activities students really enjoyed; creating a pizza that showed either their favorite toppings or the toppings they thought would be best for a favorite animal. My son decided to create a pizza slice for a blue whale (the animal he recently read about in the library). He topped it with squid and plankton. Students also paired up to act out taking a pizza order over the phone. Partner A had to guess what kind of animal might be calling to order the pizza based on Partner B’s list of toppings! Great speaking, listening and writing all from one little book.