Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kennedy Kids Have Character

This week at our school we showed our character, Tuesday was Character Education Day. Kindergarten and 1st grade friends enjoyed classes like: Respect, Fairness, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Responsibility and Caring.
Respect in Library
In the library we shared 2 books: 1st grade heard  Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon By: Patty Lovell 
This is a wonderful story about how to respect yourself, others, and all our differences. See the anchor chart we created about Molly Lou Melon. We underlined all the She Can statements in red. Then we made "I can" Statements on what each of us can do.  We are all good at something, I loved hearing all about it.

Kindergarten heard Hooway For Wodney Wat By Helen Lester. This is a fun, fun, fun book. It is about a small rodent, Rodney Rat, who struggles saying his "R's".   He is very shy and when a new girl starts at school who is a bully, Rodney finds his voice. "A Woot, A Woot, A Wooty, Toot Toot!"
We then created an anchor chart to describe how Rodney's Friends saw Rodney.


September 11, is one of those days that we often reflect upon. I was asked by several people this week "Where were you when you heard the news?" For those that are curious, I was at school, in the library, when I recieved the news. Its odd how certain moments in our lives are so crystal clear. I will never forget.


During Storytime Kindergarten heard an Author study on Janet Morgan Stoeke
We shared several of The Minerva Louise Stories. What a silly chicken she is.

We learned about Janet Morgan Stoeke, that she is the author (the person who writes the words in the book) and she is also, the illustrator (the person who draws the pictures in the book). We learned that she has written more than 20 children's books. she lives in Virginia. We had a great discussion and students had wonderful questions.


First grade, celebrated International Dot Day. By sharing  The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Then we created our own "Dot".  I asked students to sign them, we then framed them and hung them. They turned out great and so unique and original. I loved it. Here is an example of Ms. S's class. (Ms. J.Smith)  
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe." See video here:

This week in the library Mr. Heinrichs selected our spotlight book: Pigsty Mark Teague.
Pigsty is a funny book about a little boys room being a mess. Mom calls his room a pigsty and sends him to clean it and that's where the fun begins. Don't miss this book, it is a great choice for neat freaks and mess makers alike.

Our Fact Of The Week is an interesting one for many kiddo's at Kennedy. Whales are the loudest animal in the world. Many of my friends knew they were the largest but not the loudest.

For all of you wondering how the Slant Box Match is going I think it is going great. Both of the teachers I am matched with are getting married. Which I thought was very ironic. One lives on the East coast and one lives on the West coast.  Getting to know them both through email, their blogs, and social networking has been both interesting and a challenge. Our Theme is a difficult one as well, it's "Oh My Goodness! I can't believe what I forgot..."  I can't even think of what I have forgotten this school year.  For any teachers out there, reading this blog, I am interested in knowing what you may have forgotten at the start of the school year. This would help me to know what to include in my Slant Box Matches package. I have to ship my package off no later than September 25th so your help would be greatly appreciated.

3 Months
14 Books
1 Challenge
September 15-December 15

Also, I have started a book challenge: This can be for kiddo's or adults...It is supposed to be fun but also challenging. For me it will definitely be a challenge. Leave me comments or posts if you will be joining in on the fun. I would love to know what you are reading. Kiddo's can earn a special reward for completing this challenge. All they have to do is turn in the titles of the books they read or had read to them at home to qualify. I will say this of the mystery reward it is a sweet treat and can also be used again and again.


1. Read a book written by an author you have never read before.

2. Read a book you already have at home but haven't gotten around to yet.

3. Read a book about a dog as the main character. (ex:Clifford's Manners)

4. Read  a book about a career you are interested in (Ex: Firefighters Fight Fires)

5. Read a book with a color word in the title. (ex: Red Are The Apples)

6. Read a book with a number word in the title.  (ex: The Three Little Pigs)

7. Read a Dr. Seuss Book

8. Read a holiday book (any holiday)

9. Read a book about the tooth fairy

10. Re-read a book you enjoy.

11.Read a book about the fall.

12. Read 3 books from three different genres (ex: Picture book, Mystery, Fairy tale)


1. Read a book written by an author you have never read before

2. Read a book you already have at home but haven't gotten around to yet:

3. Read a book written in the decade you were born

4. Read a book that takes place in the state/province you were born (Illinois)

5. Read a book titled The ____'s Daughter or The ____'s Wife

6. Read a book originally written in a language other than English

7. Read a book with a number in the title. It could be an actual digit or a number like "hundred" or "thousand." No arbitrary numbers allowed (several, few, many, ect.)

8. Read a book set during Christmas or another winter holiday

9. Read a book written by an author who shares your initials

10. Read a Pulitzer Prize winner or finalist for fiction.

11. Re-Read a book

12. Read three books from three different genres (one book for each genre)

My current book which also qualifies for my challenge for a book I have been wanting to read that has been on my shelf.
Happy Reading,
Mrs. Shamhart