WILD for Giraffes (and Lions, too)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Students in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade have been learning about some WILD animals during Library time the past few weeks.

During the first week of Library classes, we read one of my favorite books, Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.  This story taught about the importance of following the rules in the Library.  It also gave our little ones the chance to ROAR a few times, which they loved!

The second week, we participated in an interactive reading adventure using the Wild About Books app for the iPad.   We had a lot of fun listening to the story and interacting with the pages.  Plus, students learned about bookmobiles and reading for fun!

This week, we received a shipment of NEW books and decided to continue with our wild animal theme by reading When Lulu Went to the Zoo by Andy Ellis.  In this story, a little girl named Lulu attempted to help the animals in the zoo find an improved place to live.  The 1st graders were especially excited to read this story because they are going on a field trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo in a few weeks.  When they return, I’ll be asking them to compare the zoo in the story with the one they visited.

After listening to the story, Kindergarten & 1st graders created some pretty amazing giraffes for the Library bulletin board.

Second graders visited research stations, complete with nonfiction books about giraffes, giraffes fact sheets, and laptops connected to the National Geographic Kids webpage to learn facts about giraffes.  Each student at the station was responsible for writing one new thing that they learned about giraffes.  These facts will be added to the bulletin board next week.

Second graders worked together to learn facts about giraffes.

Here are a few things that we discovered.

Did you know that…

  • Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world.
  • A young giraffe is called a calf.
  • A giraffe’s tongue can be up to 21 inches long.
  • Giraffes can go weeks without drinking water.
  • A newborn giraffe is about 6 feet tall.

Each giraffe’s face has its own individual personality! Priceless!


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