I have many favorite units I look forward to teaching each year, especially my 2nd grade Stone Soup unit! In addition to the traditional Stone Soup and Nail Soup stories, there are numerous fun retelllings of this classic folktale. Our second graders at Hollis have been comparing multiple versions of the Stone Soup story, including Cactus Soup, Fandango Stew, and Kallaloo. On Thursday, Mrs. Bshara's class used Venn Diagrams to identify similarities and differences between two soup stories that we read. They did a great job recalling details from the stories as they worked on their Venn Diagrams.
Mrs. Daigle's class continued their alligator unit with an amazing Skype last week! Andy from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher spoke to our learners about alligators, telling them some fun facts and showing them a live baby alligator. We had a great time learning more about alligators and seeing one up close. Thank you to Andy and the North Carolina Aquarium for taking the time to talk to us about these amazing reptiles!
It's all about alligators for Mrs. Daigle's 1st graders!
As part of our alligator themed unit, we have been reading fiction and nonfiction materials about alligators. We began our unit by reading Snappsy the Alligator, a funny fiction story by Maine author Julie Falatko. We then followed by reading a nonfiction book about alligators, comparing real alligators to the fictional Snappsy.
Last week, we used PebbleGo to find facts about alligators. Our 1st grade learners did an excellent job accessing PebbleGo and writing the facts they learned from this excellent resource!
We will wrap up our alligator unit with two exciting Skypes! On November 16th we will be Skyping about alligators with the North Carolina Aquarium. Then, on November 30th, we will be having a Skype session with Julie Falatko (author of Snappsy the Alligator). We are so excited about these upcoming Skypes!
What a fantastic job our GEJ library learners did this week! We've been at the middle school while repairs are being done at our school and this week used their gym as our temporary library learning space. During their library time they had several options for activities - reading one of the books Mrs. Parker brought over from her Hollis school library, Snap Circuits, puzzles, and a geography game. While it was not not our typical library routine or space, everyone did an amazing job!
Many fantastic books are being borrowed from our libraries! It is so exciting to watch our enthusiastic readers discovering books to borrow.
As of today, these are the top checked out books from our libraries:
George E. Jack Top Checkouts
Hollis Top Checkouts
More new books are scheduled to arrive within the next couple weeks at both schools. I'm looking forward to sharing them with our readers!