Virtual Family Storytime: All Things Birds!

For this virtual family storyime we are going to do all things birds! Eggs, feathers, wings and more!

Here’s what I have planned:

  • Early Literacy Tips: today but I am going to highlight READ. 
    • Reading to our children not only instills a love of reading but helps to expand their vocabulary and build comprehension skills. Early literacy tip for caregivers- When you are out walking or driving, point out colors and words on road signs. 
  • Hello, Hello, Hello
    • In this rhyme we practice saying hello in different ways and languages.

Hello, hello, hello. 
It’s time to say hello. 
Hello, today, to all my friends. 
Hello, hello, hello. 
(English, ASL, Spanish, French, etc.) 

  • Fun Fact: Migration.
    • We’re getting closer and closer to Spring. So soon all of the birds that migrated south will be coming home. Migrating is a big word. Migrating happens when a bird or animal moves from one place, to another depending on the season. So when the weather gets cold, many birds fly sound where it is warmer. Butterflies migrate too.  
  • Music Song:  Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing on The Second Line – Scarf Activity Songs album 
  • Letters/Writing: we will practice writing the letter “B” and learn “B” in ASL; We will write “Bird” and learn “Bird” in ASL. We will follow the same pattern with “E” and “Egg.”
  • Book – Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins read with permission from Candlewick Press 
    • I have a finger puppet woodpecker that I am going to use with this book.
  • Movement Song: Sleeping Bunnies by the Kiboomers 
    • We are going to do “sleeping birdies” instead of sleeping bunnies.

See the birdies sleeping  
Till it’s nearly noon 
Shall we wake them with a merry tune 
They’re so still  
Are they ill 
Wake up birdies 
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop, 
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop  
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop  
Hop little birdies, now we STOP!   
(Jump/Skip) 

  • Flannel Story – Bird Shapes 
    • This is a flannel story I saw when I attended a storytime with my daughter a few years ago. It was so cute I had to re-create it myself!
  • Rhyme: 10 Little Feathers 
    • To the tune of 10 Little Indians. I am going to show a few real life feathers before we start this rhyme.

1 little, 2 little, 3 little feathers 
4 little, 5 little, 6 little feathers 
7 little, 8 little, 9 little feathers 
10 little feathers in a row. 

  • Book – The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett read with permission of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
  • Folder Story – Once There Was an Egg 
    • This is one I made up from scratch, so I am interested to see how it goes. Folder stories work really well for virtual storytimes.

Once there was a blue egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around. 
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a blue bird, looking for a snack! 

Once there was a green egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a turtle, looking for a snack!  
 
Once there was a red egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a platypus, looking for a snack!  
 
Once there was a yellow egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a butterfly, looking for a snack!  

Once there was an orange egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped an alligator, looking for a snack! 

Once there was a pink and purple polka dotted egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a DINOSAUR, looking for a snack!  

  • Book – Froodle by Antoinette Portis read with permission of MacMillian Publishers 
  • Take Away: Letter “B” pipecleaner bird feeder
    • I am going to show them a sample of a letter “B” that I made out of a pipe cleaner and strung with Cheerios to hang outside as a bird feeder.
  • Our Hands Say Thank You…
    • A simple rhyme where you say “thank you” instead of “goodbye.”

Our hands say thank you with 
A clap, clap, clap; 
Our feet say thank you with a 
Tap, tap, tap. 
Clap, clap, clap! 
Tap, tap, tap! 
We roll our hands around, and say, 
“Good-bye.” 

  • Extra: if we have more time, I also have “Two Little Blackbirds” and “Five Little Ducks” in my pocket.

How’d it go:

Overall, everything went really well. I rushed a tad at the end to fit everything in but other than that we had a bird-rific time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

4-6th Grade Book Discussion: Shine by J.J. & Chris Grabenstein

Shine! by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein is a juvenile fiction novel for 4-6th graders.

Piper Milly has a talent for blending in. She can’t sing or dance, she doesn’t excel at sports or hangs with the popular crowd. She’s smart, she likes astronomy and she’s happy with her small group of friends. So when her dad get’s a new job at a prestigious prep school, Piper is bummed that she has to transfer.

Chumley Prep is definitely a school for the rich and Piper definitely doesn’t fit in. Shortly after she joins the school, she finds out that a mysterious award will be awarded to the “best” student of winter break. Piper shrugs off the contest because she would never win that sort of thing, or would she?

Discussion Questions / Further Reading 

  1. What is this book about? What are the main themes?
  2. What did you like and dislike in this book? What would have made it better?
  3. What STEM themes can you pull out of this book?
  4. Do you think Piper did the right thing when she gave back the money that she and Hannah found at the mall? What would you do? What if you only found a $1? $20? $50?
  5. How important is it for you to get good grades and excel in school, sports, and/or the arts? How does this make you feel?
  6. Depending on the culture and area in the world, people see the moon’s shadow as something different. It makes Piper realize that a lot of things look different depending on your point of view. Can you think of an example in your life or an issue in the world where this applies?
  7. What do you think of Piper’s acts of kindness? Would you do the same?
  8. Let’s think about Mr. Van Deusen’s assignment (p51-52). Who do you want to be? Not when your grown up. Not in the future. Now.
  9. What did you think about the Excelsior competition now that you know what is it? Why do you think Chumley Prep needed this competition?
  10. Why is this book called Shine! What message is this book meant to inspire?

DYI Moon Craters

Supplies: Foils cooking pans, flour, coco powder, various size/weight marbles, balls, step stool, ruler

How to:

  • First, create your moon surfaces by pouring an even layer of flour in the foil pan. Smooth it out and then lightly sprinkle a layer of coco powder on top. You may want to use a tarp or plastic table cloth underneath.
  • Try to select “meteors” of varying size and weight.
    • A small and large marble, a foil ball, maybe a nerf ball or a large bouncy ball.
  • Set up three different heights to drop the objects from. ie standing, on a stool from a table top.
  • Take turns dropping each item. For the first test, try dropping the same marble from each height. Then test your other sized objects.
  • Measure the size and depth of each “crater” made. Keep track on paper.
  • Which marble from which height made the deepest/largest impact? What does this tell you?

The Science:

  • Dropping the marbles at various heights can show us how speed affects the size of the craters. Using different sized objects, shows how the mass of the object also affects the size and shape of the impact crater.
  • Piper found that “The rounder the object hitting the moon, the faster an object is travelling, the farther away an object is from the moon, the larger the crater it creates.” (p104)

Sources:

Brightly’s Book Club for Kids: Shine!


Click to access 9781524717667_6417.pdf

How’d it go:

This was the last one run by my colleauge while I am on maternity leave but I decided to join in because I just loved this book. Overall, this was a fun one and everyone had their supplies ready. I made my coco level a little too thick but other than that everything went great!

That’s all for now!

-M-

4-6th Grade Book Discussion: Eddie Red Undercover

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells is a 4-6th grade juvenile fiction novel about a smart kid who teams up with the police to catch art thieves.

Sixth grader Edmund, aka Eddie Red, has a photographic memory and some really great art skills, which makes him the perfect tool for the NYPD to use to catch a renowned group of art thieves called the Picasso Gang. But not everyone is as thrilled as Eddie is to be working with the police.

As Eddie continues to work the case, he and his genius best friend dig themselves in deeper and may find themselves in a whole lot of trouble.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is this book about? What are the main themes?
  2. Where do you think Edmund got his code name “Eddie Red” from?
  3. Edmund has a photographic memory. What advantages or disadvantages might there be to having such a memory?
  4. It takes three things to solve a police investigation according to Edmund. What are they and how does he use them to solve the Mystery on Museum Mile?
  5. Edmund is a pretty relatable character. What character traits does Edmund have that you might relate to?
  6. What are your personal stakeout must haves?
  7. What do you notice first when you meet someone? What disguise might you use to make yourself unrecognizable.
  8. Detective Bovano isn’t a fan of Edmund working for the police. Why do you think this is so? And how might Edmund try to get on Bovano’s good side?
  9. At the end of the novel, Edmund seems to have gained a new sense of self confidence and helps his friend deal with a bully. How do you deal with bullies?
  10. Is there anything you would change about this novel? Anything too predictable? Any loose ends?

STEM Activity: “Non-Newtonian Fluid” experiment

Supplies: Plastic Tupperware tub big enough to put your two hands in; corn starch; water

How To:

  1. Add corn starch to your plastic container. Keep track of how much you add.
  2. Add 1 part water to 2 parts corn startch. I.e. if you added 2 cups of corn startch, you would add 1 cup of water.
  3. Stir the mixture until it forms a thick mass that is no longer powdery.
  4. Very slowly, stick your hand in the mixture. Notice that your hand comes back wet and powdery. Clean your hand off.
  5. Now quickly hit, slap, knead, the mixture. Your hand should not go through the mass. You could run on it, hit it with a hammer and if you do it quickly enough, you should remain on the surface of the mass and not go under it.

The Science:

“Non-New­to­ni­an liq­uids do not obey the laws of or­di­nary liq­uids. They change their den­si­ty and vis­cos­i­ty un­der the im­pact of phys­i­cal force.” The starch particles bond with the liquid forming “chaotically interlaced molecules.” At a higher “shear” or impact rate, the tight bonds do not let the molecules separate, staying more of a solid. At a lower “shear” or impact rate, the bonds loosen and the molecules act more like a liquid. Non-Newtonian liquids do not obey the normal laws of physics. You can find out more about this experiment at MELS Chemistry.

Sources:

https://melscience.com/US-en/articles/non-newtonian-fluid-experiment/

https://www.marciawellsauthor.com/eddies-art-gallery

How’d it go:

Oh man, what a frazzled book club! Somehow the link to my Zoom meeting was broken and here I am sitting there thinking no one would come and then a colleague tells me the link is broken. So quickly emailed the crew and changed the link and by then I was a mess. We had a very speedy discussion, a small group and a messy, messy experiment. *Sigh* It was bound to happen.

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Arcade and the Triple T Token

Arcade and the Triple T Token by Rashad Jennings is the first book in a junveile fiction series probably best for 4-6th graders.

Eleven-year-old Arcade Livingston has some typical kid problems–he’s moved to a new city and is the new kid at school, some bullies have him in their sights and having to take the subway everywhere makes it difficult to check out all the library books he wants. But he also has one very unusual problem… a mysterious token that seems to be transporting him on some pretty crazy adventures.

Together with his older sister, Zoe, Arcade will learn to navigate his new home, while trying to uncover the secrets of this magical token that appeared out of no where.

This was a really fun read and quick too! I found the characters super relatable, each in their own way, and Arcade is someone you can definitely see being a friend. There’s almost this idea of stepping into another person’s shoes that the author is playing with, through the lens of  “what do I want to be when I grow up,” a question that a lot of middle grade kids are just starting to explore. I sort of loved that each of Arcade’s adventures were tied in to one of his friends interests and desires.

Arcade is sort of this “go to guy,” the guy who knows all the answers, even if he has no idea what he wants to be himself. He’s smart in an observant way and I liked how he sees the world around him.

There’s also a secondary lesson going on in the background with this one–this idea of why should we only think inside the box, when there are other ways of looking at the world. It’s a more obscure theme, but it’s there.

The fifth book is about to come out in this series, so I think this would be a great one for both boys and girls in 4-6th grade. There’s a lot to discuss and a lot that can be explored about ones own aspirations. This book gets a high 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/16/2020

Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/16/2020

This will probably be the last storytime I do before I go on maternity leave for three months. So hopefully it will be a fun one!

  • H.E.L.L.O
    • We love clapping, so for this one I thought we could clap out the letters of the world hello as we say them.

Let’s clap and say hello…
H.E. L. L. O.
H.E. L. L. O.
H.E. L. L. O.
Let’s clap and say good morning.

  • When Cows Get Up in the Morning61yxx0ommcl._sx448_bo1204203200_
    • I may or may not break out a few puppets for this one. But it’s a great way to practice our animal sounds.

When cows get up in the morning, they always say hello.
When cows get up in the morning, they always say hello.
And what do they say? Mooooooooo
And that is what they say.
(Ducks, Pigs, Sheep)

  • BOOK – Mama’s Little Bear by Nancy Tafuri
    • I found this one when I was doing some weeding the other day and it was too cute to pass up. Tafuri just has the best books for the little guys. Big words and big pictures
  • Helicopter
    • For this one, I am going to give my caregivers a choice… pretend baby is a helicopter for the up/down/left/right or I will teach them the ASL sign for helicopter and we can do it that way. 51zcmr6a5bl._sy498_bo1204203200_

Helicopter goes up
Helicopter goes down
Helicopter turns, turns all around
Helicopter goes left
Helicopter goes right
Helicopter goes up, up, and out of sight (hands behind back)

  • BOOK – Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions by Abrams Appleseed
    • Babies love looking at faces and the faces of other babies, so I thought this would be a great, simple one for storytime.
  • Little Clapping Mouse
    • I was surprised how much of a hit this one was at my baby storytimes in the past, so I figured I’d try it virtually. Every star represents a clap.

Behind the tree * *
And under the house * *
There lived a teeny * *
Tiny mouse * *
She loved to sing * *
She loved to tap * *
But most of all * *
She loved to clap * *
She clapped all night * *
She clapped all day * *
She clapped to frighten * *
The cat away * * * * * * * * (lots of claps)

  • Little Bunny in a Hat
    • This is a fun little finger play and if you have a bunny puppet or stuffy, even better! 51j9t9bfw6l._sx400_bo1204203200_

Little bunny in a hat
Sitting so still
Will it come out?
Yes it will!
It looks to the left
It looks to the right
It looks straight ahead
And pops out of sight.

  • BOOK – Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin
    • This one is probably going to be a little long for this crowd but I wanted to give it a try because it has a lot of the great elements of a story and it’s one I’ve been wanting to try.
  • Toast in the Toaster
    • Lifts, lifts we love our lifts!

Toast in the toaster
Getting very hot!
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Up you pop!

  • This is the way the lady rides
    • This has been a bounce several librarians have already done in virtual storytime since the pandemic started but it is just so much and repetition is important.

This is the way the lady rides,
Lady rides, lady rides,
This is the way the lady rides.
On her way to town.
This is the way the gentleman rides,
Gentleman rides, gentleman rides,
This is the way the gentleman rides.
On his way to town.
This is the way the doctor rides,
Doctor rides, doctor rides,
This is the way the doctor rides.
On his way to town.
This is the way the cowboy rides,
Cowboy rides, cowboy rides,
This is the way the cowboy rides.
On his way to town.

  • Our Hands Say Thank You…
    • Instead of goodbye, we are going to say thank you today!

Our hands say thank you with
A clap, clap, clap;
Our feet say thank you with a
Tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap!
Tap, tap, tap!
We roll our hands around, and say,
“Good-bye.”

How’d it go:

This was my last storytime before my maternity leave and that’s probably good because I am getting wayy too out of breath 😛 But everything went very smoothly and I think we all had a good time!

That’s all for now!

-M-