Showing posts with label Reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reading. Show all posts

Feb 18, 2010

It's Library day!

Library day is a fun day for us.  We drop the baby off and drive to our local library.  I usually pick out some books with information that compliment the upcoming units we will do in Science and Social Studies. 

I also look for a read-aloud.  Jellyfish loves to be read to.  He loves books in general-he definitely gets that quality from me. Jellyfish looks for books that are visually appealing or have familiar characters in them.  His favorites right now are Scooby-doo Mysteries.

 I sometimes encourage him a little by showing him some new selections.  It is good for him to learn how to find books by topic or author, and even look them up on the computer if he needs a certain book.

I guess I fondly remember my days of going to the library.  Things were a lot different back then.  No public use computers; they barely had a copy machine.  Encyclopedias were more than just dust collectors.

I felt really old as I showed my son the encyclopedias today.  I found myself saying, "These are encyclopedias; we used them when I was young because we didn't have as many computers.  You can look up just about any word in them and find information."  He had a look of disbelief and shock on his face.  I'm sure he was thinking I was from the stone age.

It was a fun trip.  I wish they had more homeschool resource books.  I wish the shelves were kept neat and clean like they were when I was little.  I wish there no computers to crowd the room.  I wish....the list goes on.

Aug 21, 2009

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is a tale about the Herdsmen kids, who are the meanest, orneriest kids in town. Their reputation precedes them when they begin to show up in Sunday School at the local church (only to eat the cake). This begins the tale of their involvement in the church Christmas play. 

This is really a hilarious story, that really took me back to all of those little snot nosed kids who drove me nuts! God can work in their lives too. This story covers the basics of the Christmas story. I used this story in my public school classroom years ago as a way to teach the Christmas story without actually teaching the Christmas story...if that makes any sense!  You can't help but see yourself, and a few of your scraggly kids in this story.

The Plan:
1. Buy the book (I used it as a read aloud to my 4th/5th graders)


2. Lapbook (Instructions below)
3. Resources (most resources are not free)


Our Lapbook...

For our lapbook, we photocopied a page from the literature unit (above) for our cover.  We used large size construction paper and folded it to meet in the middle.  The title is at the top in the blue.  This was actually a sample I did for myself, so it does not have all the info included. 

Inside our lapbook...

Sorry for the horrible pictures
In the middle section is a series of pages that flip. The sections are about the author, summary page, and pictures.  On the left side are characters- write the name of the character where you can see it. Raise the flap for a short description about that character. 
 On the right side are story elements- title, author, setting, conflict, point of view, etc.  Again, you raise each flap for details.

eThemes (list of sites)
Novel Study Unit ($12)
Teacher Vision- projects, test, and activities
Free mini unit (make sure its free)
Quiz Pack
Reading pack

Check out the movie! (affiliate)

Thanks for listening,