Mystery Reader Hall of Fame
Today our mystery reader was Gianluca Passaretta. He read us a story called The Magic School Bus-Inside the Human Body. As an activity, students were given a stencil where they labeled body parts in Mr. Passaretta's native language Italian. Students noticed that the Italian language was similar to the Spanish they are learning in school.
This month we had two mystery readers. Our first reader was Liz DeRobertis. She read us a story called Miss Fox's Class Shapes Up by Eileen Spilnelli. As an activity students participated in an online grade my lunch website. Click here to check it out. Students had to put together a healthy lunch and then they were given a grade. Students also worked on creating a healthy plate. We talked about how our meals should be colorful and include the food groups for a well balanced diet.
November-There was no mystery reader for November.
This month we learned about Diwali. Geetu Bedi was our mystery reader. She read us a book called Rama and the Demon: An Ancient Tale from India by Jessica Souhami. We made a project celebrating all the festival of lights holidays.
Jordan and Jay Elkins were mystery readers. Jordan read a book called My Father's Teacher by Dr. Joel Janicki. He also read excerpts of this book in mandarin. Jordan also taught us the Chinese strokes for mom and dad. Student made fans as a project.
Our first mystery reader for the New Year was Melissa Mantzouris and guest Mike Mantzouris. She read us a book called Velma Gratch And The Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes. As an activity students made coffee filter butterflies.
Our next mystery reader was Jennifer Rossano. She read us two books. She read Jack and The Beanstalk retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg and Plants by Penelope Arlon. We took a closer look at seeds inside vegetables. We talked about the parts of a plant and what it needs to grow. Then we planted two kinds of beans in a cup with moist paper towel. We will observe the changes of the bean over the next few weeks.
Our first mystery readers were Pamela Mo and Julie Leblang. They taught us about celebrating Chinese New Year. We read the book Lucky New Year by Mary Man-Kong. Students made bookmarks that had their lunar calendar animal symbol. Students were given lucky money chocolate coins and clementines for treats.
Our next mystery reader was Alice Gorelick. She read us a book called Kami and the Yaks by Andrea Stenn Stryer and illustrated by Bert Dodson. For an activity student were split into vanilla and chocolate groups. Students made an ice cream treat.
Our March mystery reader was Allison Fehrenbaker. She read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Student made a Spring craft for their door.
Our first May mystery reader was Mr. Carlos Benitez. He read us a book called The Future According to Kids. It's a collection of children's thoughts put together by UNICEF.