it’s gonna be honeybee day (8.15)

I love bees so I just couldn’t wait until August for World Honeybee Day to indulge in the latest buzz in education (sorry). Everyone is making bitmoji classrooms, but I like outdoor scenes even more, after all we are not taking any field trips anytime soon. There are books read aloud on youtube, a few fun fact videos, some games, and a bit more. If you view the slide in presentation mode you can listen to the Flight of the Bumblebee (which some people find stressful). This will be something fun to either wrap up the summer or start the new year for elementary students. You could certainly add middle school books for this topic instead…What can you add? I am sure to find a few more things before August. To make your own copy of this slide, click on the image. https://bit.ly/mspbeeday

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pizza and pigs, a signing and creative book extension

img_3023I 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.

img_3028.jpgAfter 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.

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the best cause and effect book evah…

mypicturesafterthestorm_cover_hr-584x600Cause and effect lessons can be a bit predictable and dull for students who have heard it all before. But not with this book. We LOVED My Pictures After the Storm. I never mentioned cause and effect while reading this book and students had a ball discussing that concept anyway. Of course the mosquito was the cause of the sudden giant red bumps on his face… of course Santa terrified the boy into running away…on and on with each set of pictures. And only when we were done did I ask, ¬®What kind of book would your teacher say this is?” Answers included before and after, what makes a change, and lo and behold…cause and effect. The power of picture books is amazing!

We also wrote and drew our own set of MY PICTURES, and they were quite entertaining while being true to the spirit and concept of the book.

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