The Wiggly Tooth

Laugh and Learn with Mrs. Thomas and her Kindergarten Class

Scaredy Squirrel

Author and illustrator, Melanie Watt produces the Scaredy Squirrel and Chester Books. Her characters are charming. They invite us into the story and make us laugh. Last week, we read non-fiction books about squirrels. This week, fiction books. Scaredy Squirrel doesn’t leave his home. It’s too dangerous. He might encounter germs, sharks, tarantulas, green martians or even killer bees. When he finally finds himself out of his home, he uses his emergency kit. Only he realizes that the world is a pretty good place.

After the story, students responded by sharing their idea of what scares them. They documented their thoughts by drawing and writing about their fear.

Earlier in the day, students listened and followed step-by-step directions on how to draw Scaredy Squirrel.  Once Scaredy Squirrel was complete, they could personalize their picture by adding details to make it unique. They came up with ideas such as trees, germs, green aliens, killer bees and tarantulas. Each drawing is unique.

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Tiger – Tiger

Mrs. Marchi brought with her a book titled Tiger-Tiger is it True? by Katie Byron. The story is about a little tiger who thinks his world is falling apart until a wise turtle asks him questions that transform his thinking. Tiger realizes that what he needs to change is how he thinks about things. When he starts to think positively, then he looks at his world in a positive light. Tiger feels loved. Afterwards, students discussed being loved by their family. They were asked: How do you know that your parents love you? Students could choose to answer or not. Some answers: They tuck me in and read me a story. They remember my birthday. They hug me. They help me get into the car. Every student feels loved at home, I thank you.

 

 

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Pumsy’s Gift

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Pumsy brought a book called Nico and Lola by Meggan Hill. The story exemplifies how to be empathic through kindness. Each page had a message about kindness. Being kind is: smiling at someone, showing concern for others, setting a good example, remembering your manners, being a good listener, sticking together until the job is done, talking turns, helping others in need, sharing, giving from the heart and treating others how you’d like to be treated. Students agreed to care for Pumsy while he stays in our class for a few days.

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Fiction And Non-Fiction

Did you know there are different types of books? Some books are stories called fiction books, while others contain true facts called non-fiction books. Students are experiencing both types of books. When we looked closer at the each type of book, students noticed similar features. For instance, fiction books “you read and don’t stop.” They have a beginning, middle and end in a sequence. The pictures are usually cartoon illustrations. Non-fiction books can be “read all over.” These books don’t have to be read from beginning to end. They can be read in any order. The graphics in these books can be pictures, photos, graphs and charts. As we continue to read both types of books, students will appreciate what each kind has to offer.

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Meaningful Words

 

Words having meaning. Yesterday, a student asked for a tool to remove a broken piece from one of the toys. I didn’t have the right tool needed but asked her to write me a note. Excitedly, she found a post-it note on my desk and with help started to print the word ‘tool’. She learned that two oo’s say oooooo like a ghost, as in boo. Today, the pliers worked and so did her note to bring in the tool.

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Jack And The Beanstalk

Students were conflicted after reading Jack and the Beanstalk by Alan Garner. At first thought, Jack seems to be the hero. But really, is Jack a nice person? Is the giant a bad guy? After much thought, debate and discussion, students started to see Jack in a different light. Students were okay with Jack’s need to survive until he became greedy. Once Jack had enough for his family, students thought that he should have stopped climbing up the beanstalk. Since Jack lied, stole and hurt another person, they decided that he was not a very nice person. As the story progressed, they began to sympathize with the giant. As one student remarked, ‘There are good giants too, like the BFG. He must have been one of those.” In honour of the giant, students planted their own magical bean plants. With Earth Day, students made the connection between planting plants and the benefits for our Earth. Plants help clean our air; provide oxygen for us to breathe; make our planet beautiful; provide food, water and shelter for some living creatures. Who knows, may be we’ll grow a beanstalk that will reach the sky. 

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