Alfred Nobel – the man behind the peace prize

This past week Grade 3 and 5 library classes have read Alfred Nobel – The Man Behind the Peace Prize by Kathy-Jo Wargin and illustrated by Zachary Pullen. We have learned that Swedish chemist, Alfred Nobel, was not only the man who invented dynamite, but in his will he set up the legacy of the Nobel prizes. We were amazed (so was he!) that he read his own obituary! We also talked about the people we know that have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

To understand the useful power of dynamite we watched the demolition of a building, and you can watch it here:


Grade 4 gardening

Grade 4 students have been inspired to action after reading Mama Miti and The Gardener. Each student in grade 4 have planted a ‘pet’ plant that they are now diligently caring for at lunch time. We’re just hoping the plants don’t die from too much love! This student-initiated action ties in well with their current PYP unit about ecosystems.

Hooway for Wodney Wat

This week ELC – Grade 2 are reading the hilarious book Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester, who also wrote the Tacky the Penguin books. Poor Wodney can’t pronounce his R’s and gets picked on by big Camilla Capybara, but in the end Wodney has the last laugh.

We also wanted to understand more about capybaras, which we discovered are the world’s largest rodents. We watched Pets 101 and now realise that having a capybara as a pet is really hard work. You can watch the video here:

The Gardener

This week, Grades 3-5 read Sarah Stewart’s The Gardener. This heart-warming book, illustrated by David Small, is presented as letters written from the main character. Following on from the Mama Miti last week, this story shows how each of us can make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Grade 4 are keen to do their own gardening and will be making a herb garden next week in library class. All of us can make gardens, even in small apartments, as this video of window farms shows:

Book, book, book, read – it?

This past week, ELC, Grade 1 & 2 read Book, Book, Book by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. Based on the joke about the chicken who went to the library and asked for a “boooook, boooook, boooook” but the frog said “read-it, read-it, read-it,” this funny picture book was enhanced in the reading by a chicken hat and plush toy frog!

Mr Loste took some of the classes when Mrs Toms was away (see below for evidence!):

Tacky the penguin

This week ELC classes have read the hilarious story of Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Tacky really is an odd bird and he makes us laugh. We also appreciate that even though we are all different, we have special talents that should be valued.

To learn a bit more about penguins we watched a clip from BBC Earth and you can watch it here:

Mama Miti

Grade 1-4 library classes this week read the remarkable story, Mama Miti, by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

This beautiful picture book tells the story of the late Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Students also watched a short video of Wangari Maathai telling the inspiring story of the hummingbird and you can watch it below. Mama Miti inspires each of us to do what we can to help in our own situations.