Grades 1 and 2: Theme: Living Things

1st Grade Theme Book: Pokey the Runaway Bear


1st Grade Official Supplemental Books for Pokey the Runaway Bear

  • Animals Born Alive and Wellby Ruth Heller. Penguin Young Readers Group, 1999.
  • Blueberries for Salby Robert McCloskey. Penguin Young Readers Group, 1976.
  • Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?by Eric Carle. HarperCollins Publishers, 2005.
  • My Visit to the Zooby Aliki. HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1999.
  • Koalas by Sandra Lee. Child’s World, 1998.
  • Giant Pandasby Gail Gibbons. Holiday House, 2004.
  • Packy the Runaway Elephant by Ethel Maxine Neff. Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2005.
  • Bears of the World by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Holiday House, 1980.
  • Rocky & Me by Paul Richhiuti. Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1990.

1st Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Pokey the Runaway Bear? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.

Technology Ideas

  • Get the CDand listen to the story.
  • Have students write animal riddles. Connect to another class via Skype and have the other class guess the riddles. Ask them to share some riddles too.
  • Connect to a Zookeeper via Skype. (If you have H323 standards based videoconferencing, there are many zoosoffering great programs for schools.) You could also email your state zoo and see if they would be willing to let you connect via Skype.
  • Have students work in pairs to create a KidPix, Pixie, or TuxPaint slide with a picture of a bear and facts they learned. (Use older students to assist if needed.)

Websites




"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Take a field trip to a zoo. Focus on visiting the bears and learning more about them.

Lesson Plans


Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.



2nd Grade Theme Book: The Salamander Room


2nd Grade Official Supplemental Books


2nd Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with The Salamander? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.

Technology Ideas

  • Create a class slideshow about amphibians. Each student (or pair of students) could research a different amphibian. Slides could include a picture and three facts about the amphibian.
  • Take digital pictures of your class salamander or amphibian during different times of the day, feeding, etc. Assemble into a class observation book/slideshow documenting what was learned.
  • Take a field trip to your nearby nature center or botanical gardens. Look for frogs and salamanders. Take lots of digital pictures. Assemble into a class slideshow. Add notes about God's creation and share in church!
  • Create a slideshow of describing words (or action words). Each child (or pair) can decorate and illustrate one word per slide.
  • Use Kidspiration (on the computer or the interactive whiteboard) to map out learning about salamanders (and/or frogs).
  • Use KidPix or Tux Paint to create a Venn diagram comparing salamanders vs. frogs.
  • Because Salamanders rely on vernal pools for reproduction they will often have to travel across roads to reach them from their wintering grounds. Check with a local nature center for information on salamander rescue operations. On the first warm, soaking rain of spring they are on the move and people all across the country are out to greet them and help them across the roads.
  • Incubate and hatch quail eggs. See SureHatch for incubator and Georgia Quail Farm 912-236-0651for eggs.
  • Use Kidspiration, Publisher, or other tool to create a "life cycle of salamanders" diagram.
  • Connect to a Zookeeper via Skype to learn about amphibians (If you have H323 standards based videoconferencing, there are many zoos offering great programs for schools.) You could also email your state zoo and see if they would be willing to let you connect via Skype.

Websites



"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Visit the local zoo for a compare/contrast between reptiles and amphibians.
  • Have a class pet! Students will take responsibility of caring for an amphibian or reptile under the teacher's guidance.

Lesson Plans


Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.


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