This week TK, K, and 1st grade are hearing an assortment of recently acquired books. Most of them have to do with tackling something new or difficult.
Grade 2 continues with The Legend of Spud Murphy. It is a chapter book, and with it I'm showing the students a selection of chapter books that are around the reading level of most 2nd-graders. Last week we looked at Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Galaxy Zach, Mercy Watson, and others; this week I'm showing them a bunch including Zeke Meeks, Dodsworth, My First Puppy (by Krailing), Behind the Couch, and Space Taxi.
I have never read aloud Knit Your Bit, although it was previously on the district summer reading lists. During World War I, knitting for soldiers became a national effort. Children, men, and women took up knitting needles to supply overseas troops with sweaters and socks. Knit Your Bit touches on the week's theme of trying something new or difficult: girls and boys who have not previously knitted challenge each other to a knitting contest. It is also in honor of Memorial Day, on May 28.
Also for Memorial Day, grade 4 will be hearing a new book, Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, by Jeanne Walker Harvey. Below are a couple of photos of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, designed by Maya Lin.
Satellite image; image in the public domain, found on Kiddle encyclopedia page
Vietnam veterans' names; image by Hu Totya, found on Kiddle encyclopedia page