Storytime provided to begin second grade unit, did related storytimes for kindergarten & first grade classes.
Opened with “In the Almost Light” & “Morning Warming” (2nd & 1st grade – a little too challenging for the latter group), “Shhh they are sleeping” & “He” (Kdg) – “puzzle poems” from Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman, illustrated with woodcuts (explained technique) from Caldecott-award-winning artist Beth Krommes. These are excellent for encouraging close listening to figure out what the poem is describing. (dew/grasshopper, rabbit/fox) Introduced the concepts: “condensation” “evaporation” “exoskeleton” “predator/prey”
Kdg & 1st Grade sign language song: “Let’s Take a Little Walk Outside” from Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs.
Kdg & 1st Grade: At the Marsh in the Meadow by Jeanie Mebane – cumulative telling of the interconnected food chain
2nd Grade Meadowlands by Thomas Yeserski (+ booktalked & showed search & find pictures to the 1st & Kdg classes) The true story of the pollution and reclamation of these NJ wetlands. 400 years of history, Lenni Lenape, Dutch settlement, industrialization.
Sometimes, not enough water -- “drought”
The Mud Family by Betsy James – when no rain comes to their village, a girl makes a mud family - paint/sand illustrations – only had time to read to Kdg (booktalked to other classes)
Puppets/Storytelling: The Frog: A Rainstick Story adapted from a Hopi Indian tale – source unknown. (puppets: frog, owl, coyote/wolf, prop: rainstick) script here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-its-raining-its.html
Action: Rainstorm (directions: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-its-raining-its.html)
2nd Grade only: Bubba & Trixie by Lisa Campbell Ernst (a ladybug with a broken wing and a scaredy-cat caterpillar who wants nothing to change each help each other -- ran long, would skip next time)
Some classes (where time): “Letter to the Sun” and “Letter to the Rain” from Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow (ecosystem)
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, beautifully illustrated by Jon J. Muth (a city dog frolicking off-leash in a meadow makes a new friend in this gentle circle-of-life story of friendship, loss, and renewal.)
booktalked: An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is Sleepy and A Butterfly is Patient – all by Dianna Hutts Aston