Today we have two student reporters sharing their Diversity Rocks! picks. Abby chose The Empress and the Silkworm, by Lily Toy Hong. It is a Chinese folktale about how the silkworm was discovered. Belle chose the Native American tale called Star Boy.
Abby writes: I like the pictures and I like when the lades took tea and took the cocoons and dipped them in. I really liked the silk robe the ladies made.
Belle reports: I like it because it was pretty. It had a little girl and she went up to the sky with the sun and the moon.
We are working on our voice thread about famous Americans. We should be finished tomorrow, so come back and hear what we have to say about these great people!
Here is a Lookybook by another Native American author. Enjoy the wonderful words and pictures.
We had our first Native American book choice in our Diversity Rocks! Challenge, The Mud Pony by Caron Lee Cohan. This book was chosen by MacKenzie. I think she picked it because she has horses and really likes them.
We also graphed our prediction about the groundhog’s shadow on the smartboard. We visited several fun blogs today, had comments from readers from many places, and wrote back to several. Have a look at Gail Gibbons’ informational text on Groundhog Day.
MacKenzie reports: The Mud Pony was an interesting book. I really really enjoyed it. It was a good book. When the boy was little his parents left him. He started to notice it and went to the river and grabbed some mud and started to make the mud pony. The mud pony came to life and he helped the boy. The boy became a chief and the mud pony went back to Mother Nature.
Charli reports: I picked The Other Side. I thought that The Other Side would be good and it was good! A part of it was that the black girl made friends with a white . You should read this book.
Jacqueline Woodson has a very nice web site. I hope you’ll visit it. Our students very quickly placed the setting as in the time of young Martin Luther King, Jr. We used an inference clue on the last page… we really thought that the fence that was going to be knocked down was the separation of blacks and whites. The kids were glad to be able to say that MLK, Jr. helped to “knock this old fence down”.
We also read Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney. This caused us to drum during reading, drum during math, well, you get the idea. That was alright with me. In fact, I started it! Do you like musical books? Tell us which ones are your favorites! Here’s another cool percussion book from our Lookybook friends!
Happy Chinese New Year! We will be celebrating today with some Asian American authors to help us meet our Diversity Rocks! Challenge. I found a wonderful alphabet book on Lookybook to help tell us a little bit about Chinese New Year. By the way, it is the Year of the Ox!
Our class enjoyed many books about Martin Luther King, Jr. last week, found on our Shelfari below. The students were very interested in his life and the times in which he grew up. They were amazed to find out that I was alive in those times… although I was a mere child;) . I wanted to include David Adler’s biography on MLK, Jr. on Lookybook. Read, discuss, and enjoy!