Saturday, October 28, 2017

School Age Storytime: Stepping Out (of Your Comfort Zone)

A K-4 storytime celebrating curiosity and a willingness to try new things -- with a nod to books and reading, the beauty of this country and the world around us, and the power of possibilities....

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The Book of Gold by Bob Staake Isaac Gutenberg isn’t interested in anything, until an old bookseller tells him the legend of a book of gold which contains answers to everything and, when opened, turns into solid gold.  Eager for riches, he opens every book he finds – and gradually starts reading what is inside…he’ll need patience and fortitude…and eventually finds them both at the NY Public Library.

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On this Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time by Susan E. Goodman (J974.71 GOO)  (Non-Fiction – uncommon core!) --  A brilliant tour-de-force tracing NYC from the present back in time 540 million years…lots of mathematical comparisons (e.g.if all the 8 million people in NYC today were laid end to end would reach to California and back, 350 years ago New Amsterdam had 1500 people = about the population of 3 schools today), fascinating historical trivia (e.g. pigs and chickens roamed NYC streets 175 years ago, the Lenape path to winter grounds is now today’s Broadway) and scientific information (the rise and fall of mammoths, ice age glaciers*, dinosaurs, lakes, mountains, and seas).   Text is long so I point out highlights.)  *mentioned our gorgeous local Buck Garden was carved by a mile high glacier.

This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, Paintings by Kathy Jakobsen (J782.42 GUT)

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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (also DVD)-- The Caldecott-winning evocation of Phillippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the world trade towers.

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The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan  -- Dodsworth leads a very dull life until a rusty old refrigerator filled with different supplies each day opens his eyes to amazing new possibilities.

See also:

http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2014/10/school-age-storytime-on-this-spot-new.html 

http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2016/05/school-age-storytimeimagine.html

http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2015/04/school-age-storytime-earth-day-heroes.html

 

Bedm 10/2017

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~ Anne Frank (1929-1945)

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” ~ Helen Keller

"The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day." ~ Gloria Steinem

"I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one."~ Calamity Jane (1852-1903), American frontierswoman

Friday, October 6, 2017

School Age Storytime : Pumpkins

A K-4 storytime combining the joy of storytelling, an environmental fable, some truly enGROSSing science, and a great ghost story or tale of creative problem-solving 
(order of books varied in some groups)

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Participatory Storytelling/Props: Big Pumpkin – from the book by Erica Silverman -- In this variant on the folktale, “The Great Big Enormous Turnip,” the witch, ghost, skeleton, and vampire are unable to pull up the pumpkin until a tiny bat ignores their derisive laughter and suggests they all work together.  I sing/chant this to a tune from an old Scholastic recording – feel free to contact me if you want to learn the tune.

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Book: Pumpkins: A Story for a Field – Mary Lyn Ray (Modern environmental fable/fairytale about a man who saves a field from development by growing pumpkins and sending them around the world.) (omitted for Kindergarten)

Non-Fiction Book: Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices* – 577.16 SCHWARTZ – “UnCommon Core” at its best!  -- Told in the first person by the pumpkin, mouse, squirrel, slug, fly, black rot, bread mold, sow bug, Penicillium, earthworm, yeast cell, slime mold, soil, and seed, this is science “on the hoof.”  Wonderful writing & delightfully yucky photographs complete this unforgettable tour through the life cycle of a pumpkin that kids will find completely enGROSSing!  Booktalked: Living Sunlight by Molly Bang 572.46 BAN (an unforgetable look at photosynthesis and the interconnected web of all life on earth told by the sun.)

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Book (K-2): Bear’s Bargain – Frank Asch (also published as Moonbear’s Bargain(“have you ever wished you were big, or could fly?”..we tried flying with bear in the book -- clever problem solving). (3rd-4th grade): The Perfect Pumpkin Pie – Denys Cazet (when Old Mr. Wilkerson dies while eating pie, he returns as a  grumpy ghost with a roving eyedetermined to find a perfect pie – have poster for his chant -- could use puppets & ping pong & tennis ball “eye” props.)

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Bedm. K-4, 10/2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

STEAM Storytime–Rotten Pumpkin

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S.T.E.A.M. Storytime (ages 3-6 & grades K-4) Problem solving, creative dramatics, and the  cycle of life – all celebrated with the orange icon of the fall season! 

Book: Bear’s Bargain – Frank Asch (also published as Moonbear’s Bargain(“have you ever wished you were big, or could fly?”..we tried flying with bear in the book -- clever problem solving).

Participatory Storytelling/Props: Big Pumpkin – from the book by Erica Silverman -- In this variant on the folktale, “The Great Big Enormous Turnip,” the witch, ghost, skeleton, and vampire are unable to pull up the pumpkin until a tiny bat ignores their derisive laughter and suggests they all work together.  I sing/chant this to a tune from an old Scholastic recording – feel free to contact me if you want to learn the tune.

Non-Fiction Book: Rotten Pumpkin: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices* – 577.16 SCHWARTZ – “UnCommon Core” at its best!  -- Told in the first person by the pumpkin, mouse, squirrel, slug, fly, black rot, bread mold, sow bug, Penicillium, earthworm, yeast cell, slime mold, soil, and seed, this is science “on the hoof.”  Wonderful writing & delightfully yucky photographs complete this unforgettable tour through the life cycle of a pumpkin that kids will find completely enGROSSing!

Book: Pumpkin Heads – Wendell Minor – great inspiration for unusual jack-o-lanterns.

Craft: Create either cute or gross pumpkins inspired by the books above.  Materials: orange construction paper, scrap construction paper, goggly eyes, markers, stamp pads & cotton balls (to create simulated “rot”)

Music playing: Andrew Gold’s Halloween Howls

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BWL 10.17

Ideas for Halloween engineering projects: http://leftbraincraftbrain.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=0a09c8844ba8f0936c20bd791130d6b6.195

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

STEAM Storytime–The “Wright” Stuff

S.T.E.A.M. Storytime (ages 3-6 & grades K-4)

Join us as we share a story about the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, then explore the geometry of his designs and create some buildings and designs of our own using architectural blocks and tools.

 

As kids entered, had books on architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright to browse (including some adult “coffee table” books to look at pictures).

Opened by asking if anyone knew what architect/architecture was?  Said we’d be reading a book about an architect who some consider America’s best.  Man who loved shapes…had kids look for shapes on the cover of The Shape of the World (one kid even pointed out the rhombus = diamond!), notice what was on the end-papers – items from nature…

Read the book aloud then showed photographs of some of his famous buildings: Falling Water, The Johnson Wax building interior with the “lilypads”, Guggenheim – asked kids to respond with what shapes they saw.  Showed pictures of a few things he dreamed up but never built – future city with helicopters, mile high skyscraper.  Booktalked The Wright 3 mystery.

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Then explained the stations:  (While kids at stations, played “Mozart Factor: Learning”)

On floor, materials for our younger participants – foam blocks, shape blocks, magnetiles, foam shapes, Lincoln Logs (which a family had brought in at my request – these were invented by Frank’s son John (also an architect), Toobers &  Zots.

“Build It” tables with construction materials:

  • B&T cardboards, scissors, tape, gluesticks for creating 3-D models (had on display a 4 ft. architectural model of Wright’s Winslow House made by a colleague for a course she had taken)
  • Wooden blocks of assorted shapes.
  • Keva blocks and “challenge” cards – suggested kids look at how Wright balanced Falling Water (cantilever) and try to do the same with the Keva blocks.

“Design It” tables with paper and cardboard, grid paper, pencils, colored pencils, markers, rulers, protractors compasses, circles, diamonds, triangles to trace

  • encouraged kids to create their own Wright-inspired window/rug designs or imagine a future city
  • assorted coloring sheets of his buildings and windows from the internet as well as pages photocopied from Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life & Work

 

imageWinslow model courtesy of Julia Meier

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BWL 9/2017 

Frank Lloyd Wright. March Balloons. 1955. Drawing based on a c. 1926 design for Liberty magazine. Colored pencil on paper, 28 1/4 x 24 1/2" (71.8 x 62.2 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150:
Unpacking the Archive

Through October 1, 2017

The Museum of Modern Art (NYC)

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