Monday, April 22, 2013

High 5

Let's start with Brain Pop Jr. .  Go to FAVORITES > ELEMENTARY LINKS > BRAIN POP JR



         then REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.

Once here, remember:

  • Play the MOVIE
  • Try the GAME (if it is interactive)
  • Do the Easy Quiz
  • Then the Hard Quiz

Click WORD WALL to listen & read definitions of words for this topic, check out the JOKE and read the comic by clicking on BELLY UP.

When done, click back on CONSERVATION and try one of the other topics there.

Next we will make a poster using Wordle. Choose words for Earth Day and Earth Week. Remember the more times you repeat a word, the bigger that word becomes. Use COPY and PASTE if you know how. You may print one page tonight. Make sure you use a white background though, we do not want to waste ink. Black and white printing only.

Here are some video resources to learn about our environment.


There is a fabulous show going on in our school right now. The ProKids Show is filled with laughter, audience participation, suprises and great lessons about respect, positive attitudes, cooperation and other important character traits. Take a look at the link above above to see YouTube video performances.

Middle school students are here this afternoon also enjoying a show.

At 7:00 p.m. tonight there will be a completely different show for the community.

BIG Thanks to the PTA for helping to bring this performance to our students.

Monday, April 15, 2013


Today is the first day of National Library Week, so let's read something!

Take a look at one of my favorite new sites: Slime Kids!

Try the Grammar Bee if you want a challenge! Highlight the nouns by making the bee go around the borders of the's hard!

Some students will be working with BrainPop Jr. found in the FAVORITES menu under ELEMENTARY LINKS.

Remember to use this sequence:
  1. Watch the MOVIE.
  2. Try the GAME or ACTIVITY (if online)
  3. Take the EASY quiz
  4. Take the HARD quiz
  5. Read the Pop-a-Joke and Belly Up (just for fun)
Go back to the subject and make a new choice.

Monday, April 8, 2013

High 5 -- Reading Focus tonight

We are getting ready for National D.E.A.R coming up on Friday so at High 5 tonight, students will first spend some time with Raz Kids and their individual levels, then we are all going to explore this new site:  Learning Games for Kids

Go to:
  • Vocabulary Games
  • Compound Words -- there are 6 choices.

    • If these are too easy, then try the ANALOGY GAMES.

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    National D. E. A. R. Day is Coming

    Friday April 12, is National D. E. A. R. or “Drop Everything and Read” Day. To celebrate, our students, teachers, staff, and anyone else in the building, will take the time to pick up a good book right after announcements.
    You can find out more about this event at the D.E.A.R. website. Here is a sample of what you will find:

    "You may remember that Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Since then, “Drop Everything and Read” programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday. We figured, why not “drop” the “day” and celebrate our beloved author, her timeless stories, and the joy of reading for the full month. So, “drop” by this website all month long in April and anytime you want to make reading a priority!"

    “Drop Everything and Read” Favorite Read-Aloud TitlesCompiled by children’s reading experts from Reach Out and Read, NEA, Reading Rockets, and HarperCollins Children’s Books

    For Soon-to-Be Readers
    (Ages 1 to 4)

  • Amelia Bedelia's Family Album by Peggy Parish
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  • Baby Says by John Steptoe
  • Bigmama's by Donald Crews
  • black is brown is tan by Arnold Adoff
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  • New Shoes for Sylvia by Johanna Hurwitz
  • Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • "More More More," Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
  • Pete's a Pizza by William Steig

    For Up-and-Coming Readers
    (Ages 5 to 7)

  • Big Max by Kin Platt
  • Chato’s Kitchen by Gary Soto
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  • Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Morris Goes to School by B. Wiseman
  • My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • A Three Hat Day by Laura Geringer
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka

    For Growing Readers
    (Ages 8 to 11)

  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep
  • Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • My Daniel by Pam Conrad
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

    Start a Series!
    (Ages 6 to 12)

  • The Fairy Bell Sisters
  • Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy chapter books
  • Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures
  • Henry Huggins
  • Magic School Bus
  • My Weird School
  • Marvin Redpost
  • Ralph S. Mouse

    Start a Series!
    (Ages 8 to 12)

  • Artemis Fowl
  • The Borrowers
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Little House
  • Magic School Bus
  • Marvin Redpost
  • Redwall
  • Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Warriors

    “Drop Everything and Read” Multi-Cultural Read-Aloud TitlesCompiled by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association

    Ages 1-4
  • Bebe Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya
  • Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
  • Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson
  • Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
  • Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
  • My Grandma = Mi Abuelita by Ginger Foglesong Guy
  • Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

    Ages 5-7
  • The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington
  • Little Mama Forgets by Robin Cruise
  • Little Red Riding-Hood by Jerry Pinkney
  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Deedy
  • My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa
  • Oscar's Half Birthday by Bob Graham

    Ages 8-11
  • Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything by Lenore Look
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
  • Younguncle Comes to Town by Vandana Singh