Remote Learning – Past Weeks’ Books

Week of March 16th – The Ugly 5

The Ugly Five By: Julia Donaldson Illustrated: Axel Scheffler 

  • Synopsis: Meet Wildebeest, Warthog, Spotted Hyena, Lappet-Faced Vulture, and Marabou Stork. People call them the Ugly Five…but there’s more to them than just bumps and bristles!
  • Activity Descriptions: 
      • Find more non-fiction books to read online about animals featured in this book 
      • Have an “Ugliest Animal” contest. Who is the winner? 
      • Create a new animal that you think is lovable but that others might not love as much as you! 
      • Choose one of the Ugly Five animals and think about how it’s “ugly parts” help it to survive. 
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Week of March 23rd – We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates Written and Illustrated By: Ryan T. Higgins 

Week of March 30th – Philomena’s New Glasses

Philomena’s New Glasses Written and Illustrated By: Brenna Maloney 

  • Synopsis: In this utterly amusing tale of sisterhood, glasses, purses, and dresses, these girls soon make an important discovery. Not everyone needs the same things! 
  • Activity Descriptions: 
    • Print out a picture of black and white glasses for kids to color and design a new pair for Philomena 
    • Purchase cheap sunglasses at the Dollar Store, gems, sequins and foam dots too, then get creative making designer glasses and wearing them for a fun photo shoot
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  • Text to Text Connections: If you like this book, you might also want to use: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Week of April 6th – Neck & Neck

Neck & Neck Written and Illustrated By: Elise Parsley 

  • Synopsis: A giraffe’s self-esteem is tested when he competes with a balloon for a young boy’s attention. 
  • Activity Descriptions: 
    • Using a Venn diagram, compare and contrast the live giraffe with the balloon giraffe.
    • Persuasive Argument Activity – students discuss or write down reasons why either a real animal or a stuffed animal would be better.
    • Put up a measuring tape to 6 feet tall. This is the height of a newborn giraffe. Measure yourself against it. Typically, adult giraffes are 15 to 20 feet tall.
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  • Text to Text Connections:
    • Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen
    • How to Make Balloon Animals by Megan Atwood
    • A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein Created By: Charleen Lee

Week of April 20th – Little Brown

Little Brown By: Marla Frazee 

  • Synopsis: Little Brown is grumpy and lonely at the dog park, until he decides to take matters into his own hands. 
  • Activity Suggestions:  
    • Discussion on Friendship – Describe qualities of a good friend and generate a list.
    • Discussion on Empathy and being aware of others who eat or play alone. Generate a list of ways to reach out and invite others for lunch or recess. Put your ideas into practice through role playing. 
    • Review Kelso’s Choice wheel and name some of the different ways Little Brown could have dealt with his feelings of frustration. 
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  •  Text to Text Connections:  
          • Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo 
          • The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest
          •  Little Robot Alone by Patricia MacLachlan 
          • Can I be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings 
          • The Cranky Caterpillar by Richard Graham Created 

Week of April 27th – Interrupting Chicken

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise By: David Ezra Stein 

  • Synopsis: When Little Red Chicken comes home excited about what she learned in school, she explains to Papa that every story has “an elephant of surprise.” 
  • Activity Suggestions
    • Discuss what the “element of surprise” is and find it in other stories 
    • Describe what happens in this story when the “elephant of surprise” shows up. Write / tell your own stories with an “elephant of surprise” 
    • Compare this story to Interrupting Chicken (Book 1) with a Venn Diagram or similar graphic organizer. (i.e., same = Chicken & Papa telling stories; different = time of day, etc.) 
    • Read the Fairy Tales in this story (The Ugly Duckling, Rapunzel, & The Little Mermaid) and discuss the real elements of surprise in these stories. 
    • Discuss the elements of surprise in the stories you read at home with your parents
    • Create a play based on the book. Assign actors to play Chicken, Papa, the Elephant and characters in the fairytales with others to manage. 

Week of May 4th – Fruit Bowl by Mark Hoffman

Fruit Bowl  By: Mark Hoffmann Illustrated: Mark Hoffmann 

  • Synopsis: When tomato gets pushback for wanting to join the fruit bowl, he must use all his powers of persuasion, and a little help from “old man produce” to convince the other fruits that he belongs in the bowl as well. 
  • Activity Suggestions:
      • Classify and sort pictures of different fruits and vegetables 
      • Survey and graph favorite fruits and vegetables 
      • Do a search for the puns that are scattered throughout the book. 
      • Learn and share fruit jokes and puns 
      • Create and cut out pieces of fruit. Create a large fruit bowl and place the different pieces of fruit inside.
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  • Text to Text Connections: 
      • Nothing Rhymes With Orange by Adam Rex 
      • Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens Non-fiction texts on fruits and vegetables 

Week of May 11th – The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick

The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick By: Drew Daywalt Illustrated: David Spencer 

  • Synopsis: When super cheerful Stick and grumpy stuffed bunny Huggie get thrown from a backpack, the adventure is on! Together this odd couple survives encounters with sea-faring pirates, raging rhinos in Africa, sword-wielding royalty in Europe, stick-eating panda bears in Asia, sharks in Australia, hungry penguins in Antarctica, and piranhas in South America–all before finally making it home to North America. A fantastically funny read-aloud about two unlikely friends and their epic journey around the world 
  • Activity Suggestions
    • Compare Huggie & Stick’s attitudes about their adventure and discuss having a positive/negative outlook or different points of view. 
    • Have students track their travels around the world and list what Huggie & Stick do in each location. 
    • Start your own journal
    • Draw Huggie