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Challenge

The second semester begins in the month of January and ends in March. Upon returning from the winter holidays, students will discuss the meaning of the word, challenge. This theme will be incorporated into the lessons for the semester.
The second semester will include books about the following topics: winter, Chinese New Year,  the hundredth day of school, heroes, Martin Luther King, Black History, cowboys/rode0, friendship, Valentines, and Kites.

  • How Are You Peeling?: Food With Moods by Saxton Freymann, Joost Elffers
    Food with facial expressions! What a great way to discuss emotions and feelings!
  • Click on January for a task menu of differentiated activities.
  • Click on Tacky for reading and writing lesson plans.
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
    Start the New Year discovering the beauty of the world.
  • of Thee I Sing (A Letter to My Daughters) by Barack Obama
    Readers will be inspired to reach their potential after reading about 13 Americans who represent the diversity of America, and helped form the ideals of our nation.
  • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzallo.
    Introduce a great American to your students with this powerful, yet simple biography.
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
    Students will learn the importance of words as they make connections to the life and dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
    Gerald, the giraffe faces a challenge and learns a valuable lesson.
  • There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! by Lucille Colandro
    The silly old lady strikes again! Children enjoy retelling the story.
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
    Everyone loves snowflakes! Introduce students to the farmer-scientist who studied snowflakes.
  • The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
    Two mice decide it is better to face a challenge with the help of a friend!
  • Mine, All Mine! by Claire Hawcock
    An adorable squirrel faces the challenge of choosing to be selfish or compassionate when he discovers a beautiful snowflake.
  • Incredible You! 10 ways to let your GREATNESS shine through by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer wiht Kristina Tracy
  • Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep by Maureen Wright
    A silly bear faces the challenge of not being able to understand Old Man Winter!
  • I’m Not. by Pam Smallcomb
    Read about two adorable friends who are as different as night and day. Differentiated lesson plans are included.
  • Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
    A young boy faces the challenges that come when meeting someone new and making friends.
  • The Bunny Who Found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow
    Follow a lonely bunny on his quest to find Easter.
  • Lucy and the Bully by Claire Alexander
    No Sticks. No Stones. January 24-28
    What can you do when confronted by a bully?
  • Jungle Bullies by Steven Kroll
    Four jungle bullies learn a valuable lesson from Monkey and his mother.
  • Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully by Audrey Penn
    Mrs. Raccoon helps Chester and his friends understand that sometimes child bullies are unhappy and need friends.
  • Noodle & Lou by Liz Garton Scanlon
    Noodle is a worm who is facing the challenge of self-doubt. His unlikely friend, Lou, the bird, helps him realize that he is perfect the way he is.
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