Rikki Tikki Tavi

rikkiDuring this last week of the school year, Elementary library classes read Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling. This version is retold and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. This story is so exciting and we understand now why Rudyard Kipling is famous for his Jungle Book stories.

We also watched a Mongoose and Cobra on this National Geographic video clip:

Truck stuck

truckThis past week all ELC and Elementary library classes have read the same book, Truck Stuck by Sallie Wolf and illustrated by Andy Robert Davies. This clever picture book written with minimal rhyming text shows how all of us, especially young people, can come up with very clever ideas to solve problems.

To understand how trucks can get stuck under bridges we watched this video:

We’re pretty sure they didn’t think about taking the air out of the truck’s tyres!

While ELC classes went on to make truck pictures using coloured shapes similar to this example the Elementary classes were frustrated by this video (passed on by Mr Loste):

If only they had used their brains to solve the problem!

storiesTalking of using our brains to solve problems, we then went on to enjoy some stories from George Shannon’s Stories to Solve series. These were hugely popular and we had a turn at acting out the story of the boatman, goat, wolf and cabbage.

We also got to look at our fantastic collection of scanimation books mostly by Rufus Butler Seder, and looked at how scanimations are made and watched this clever idea for a coffee table and mat:

Mercedes and the chocolate pilot

mercedesThis week Grade 1-5 library classes have read the intriguing true story of Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: a true story of the Berlin airlift and the candy that dropped from the sky by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.

This story is not only about the history of the end of WWII and the start of the Cold War in Europe, but also a story of hope and dreams achieved. This book is an excellent example of visualising using our sense of smell! We even learned what an ‘epilogue’ is.

To find out more about the remarkable Gail Halvorsen and the Berlin Airlift we watched this video clip:

Correction required about the origin of the use of the name ‘Mercedes’ by the Mercedes-Benz company. You can read more about Mercedes Jellinek here.

Ten little caterpillars

10This week ELC library classes read Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. We learned what a ‘bower’ is (and that it rhymes with ‘flower’), and were amazed at how many different types of caterpillars there are and how they change into different types of butterflies and moths.

We then watched this delightful video clip of a butterfly life cycle:

Making our own (some very long) paper-chain caterpillars using these ideas proved to be quite creative!

Dear Zoo

dear zooDuring this short week ELC library classes read another zoo classic, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. So many of our students know this book, that, with a little help, they could read it to me!

Following on from the animal activities from last week with Good Night Gorilla, this week we made our own pop-up post card using the template from this site.