James and the Giant Peach continues to thrill and excite us! During today's reading we learned about the journey James and his new insect friends had as the peach rolled through the village and down to the sea. It sounded like a crazy roller coaster ride!! We are practicing the skill of visualizing as we read. We listen for descriptive details from the author which help us to create a strong picture in our minds. Each day I assign one student a special project to illustrate their mental image at home and bring it in to share with us the next day. The projects have been FANTASTIC!! I love that family members are collaborating with their kids to make them extra special. Keep up the Superstar work!
We have also been working on this BEAUTIFUL story...The Quiltmaker's Gift. This is an absolutely delightful book with glorious, patchwork illustrations. It also teaches us a valuable lesson. We still have a couple pages to read (I don't want to spoil the ending). We are working on writing fables that teach a lesson, so this book is a great inspiration for our young authors!
We have been learning about what it takes to be a TRUE SUPERSTAR. Last week we talked about teamwork and respect. Today we read this classic story by Kevin Henkes to learn about individuality and the importance of trying something new (which also magically tied to our question of the week!) This book is a wonderful example of accepting others for who they are and appreciating what makes them unique....which is SO important in a classroom with 24 different personalities!
Last week, we read a different Kevin Henkes selection to discuss the ever-important Superstar trait... R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Students designed their own personal heart to represent things that are important to them. During the text, if Chrysanthemum was shown disrespect, they crumpled up their heart. When someone showed respect to Chrysanthemum, the students tried to straighten out the heart the best that they could. At the end of the story, we were left with a heart that was still a little wrinkled. I used this opportunity to discuss the marks we leave on someone's heart when we are disrespectful. Our class also designed and wrote out very first book about what respect looks like and sounds like. Come in and read it! It's in our classroom library!
Somehow during my move, I lost this darling book. However, I was able to find a video version to share with the students to discuss TEAMWORK. After hearing the text, students worked in teams of 4 and were only given 4 markers. Students were given the challenge of thinking of an image they could make with only those 4 colors. The projects turned out great! They worked amazingly well together and came up with creative titles for their pieces. Check out our gallery below. Also, click on the button to view the video.
Today was a magical day in the Superstar Classroom. I experienced my first "goosebump moment." A goosebump moment refers to an overwhelmingly exciting or inspiring moment that literally sets your heart on fire and gives you goosebumps! Today...I opened up the first chapter book we would share as a class. While this might not seem like that big of a deal, I assure you, IT IS! Our class is about to embark on a journey together..a journey through an AMAZING book! A journey we will all share and bond over. We will laugh, cry, and oooh and ahhh together through the many pages of James and the Giant Peach! I absolutely adore starting the year with this imaginative, hysterical, magical and adventure-packed story! It is filled with so many great details for students to imagine. As I read the first chapter today, the Superstars were enchanted!!! They didn't realize it, but some were slowly inching closer and closer to me as I read. They have not been this quiet all week!! :) Students were asking to hear more as I picked them up from Gym class today. I can tell already that we are going to have fun with this one!!! I will keep everyone posted about our continued adventures with James!
The first book we shared as a class! A great first day of school read aloud! The kids LOVED the surprise ending! (I will admit, I was totally surprised the first time I read this gem!) Click on the button below to hear it read aloud on youtube. ENJOY! :)
Alright folks, it's time for my very first book recommendation of the school year! This is one of my all time, melt-my-heart favorites! It is perfect to read with your child the day before they begin a new school year! A sweet story about Chester the raccoon and how his mother helps him conquer back to school blues. The ending gets me every time!!! Click on the button below to view the book and hear it read aloud on Youtube. HAPPY READING!!!