Trucks!

This past week ELC classes read Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry. The rhyming text is delightful and so is the message that if you help others you will end up being helped when you need it too. The PYP attitude we talked about was cooperation.

We also watched an amazing video about the world’s longest truck which is called a ‘road train’.  It’s fascinating to see what some very clever people have invented! You can watch the video clip here:

The golden rule

This week Grade 1-5 read the very meaningful book, The Golden Rule, by Ilene Cooper and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska. We learned how the golden rule of being considerate of others is taught in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and the Shawnee Tribe of North America. We realised how important it is that this rule is followed by everyone on the planet! We discussed the PYP attitudes of cooperation, empathy and respect.

We also watched the “Charter for Compassion” based on the golden rule and you can watch it here:

Three little wolves and parody

For the first week of school Grade 1-5 read one of my favourite books, The three little wolves and the big bad pig by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury. This parody of the traditional tale gives the wolves’ perspective on the bully pig. However, the story has a delightful ending where all the main characters become friends, which is the way I like stories to end.

For each of the books we read this year we are going to identify the PYP attitudes reflected in the book. For this one we chose cooperation, empathy and appreciation. Appreciation of all the beautiful things in life, including houses of flowers, can help us enjoy life more!

With grade 4 and 5 classes we talked about parody of traditional tales, including Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and other fractured fairytales, as they are often called. You can find out more about these and write your own at ReadWriteThink.org here.

Elephants sneezing?

ELC classes this week read the hilarious story, “Stand Back,” said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas and illustrated by Wallace Tripp. For each of the books we read this year, we’re going to identify which PYP attitudes we think are reflected in the book. For this book we chose cooperation, curiosity and respect.

The reason for curiosity is that we wanted to know the differences between Asian and African elephants, and there is a very informative page and picture to colour from Enchanted Learning here.

Talking of respect, reading this book was a good opportunity to talk about why we should cover our mouth when we sneeze. We also found out that elephants do sneeze sometimes and we watched a video of a baby elephant that looks like it is sneezing! You can watch it here: