Two of my students wrote five-paragraph essays arguing that Lauren Eldridge should win the Caldecott for her illustrations in Claymates. As they wrote in their introductory paragraph, "Thanks to Lauren Eldridge, we know true friends stick together." This book is a ton of fun. So, I'm suggesting a fun activity to go along with it.
Activity Name: Animals and Their Habitats
Activity Description: Ask students to fold their paper in fourths and label each space with one of the following habitats: coniferous forest, desert, mountains, grasslands, polar regions, ocean, or tropical forest. Have them draw one animal that lives in each of these habitats. Then, give them two balls of clay and let them sculpt away. Can't wait to try this out in our animals and their environments unit at the end of the year!
Weekly Wall Recommendations
For the 2018-2019 school year, students will be choosing books to display on our classroom recommendation wall. The wall is a lending library. It showcases the various literature choices in the classroom, celebrates students' voices and choices, facilitates getting to know each other through our literature choices, and facilitates communication with the global learning community.