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We read a very old story that children still relate to. Curious George Rides a Bike, by H. A. Rey. We talked about what curious means, that feeling that you just have to know something you don't know. George's curiosity leads to fun escapades, but also gets him into trouble. My favorite part is when he stops delivering the newspapers, making them into boats to sail down the river instead!
Students are working hard on alphabetical order, and beginning to use that skill to find words in the Cat in the Hat Beginner Dictionary. We will move on to another dictionary soon, and learn how to find out the meanings of words. To practice alphabetical order, there are links to 2 computer games, under Learning Games, to the right on this page.
Students are learning about keywords and how to use them. The keyword is the important word in a question. This is the word you look up to answer your research questions. Students are given questions, have to identify the keyword, then use it and the print encyclopedia to find the answer. For example, if you want to know how many moons Jupiter has, you look up Jupiter. This also requires alphabetical order skill.
Students are learning how to verify research sources. With all the news on social media these days, we cannot believe everything we read. The best thing to do before passing on a story you hear is to check a couple of other sources and see if you find the same story. Students are doing a simple version of this, by using 3 different research sources to answer the same question, and looking to see if the answers are the same.
Ms. Shapiro's Book Reviews
To read more about these great books (Jennifer Murdley's Toad, Lemonade Crime, Pirates of Crocodile Swamp, The Fairy Tale Detectives) click here:
Try a new series! Martin Bridge, Mercy Watson, ZigZag Kids, or My Weird School. To read more about these books, click here: Grade 2 Reviews.
Great Early Reader series: Poppy and Max, Cork and Fuzz, Minnie and Moo, Penny.
Read whatever you like. Here are places to find books:
*** If you live in Hartford, the Hartford Public Library lends books and has summer reading programs: https://hplct.libguides.com/SummerAdventures
Their Tumblebook Library is a plentiful collection of ebooks and story videos.
* Swap books with friends.
* Destiny ebooks. http://destiny.ewct.org/. Choose BBS, search for ebooks, click Open.