May 18 - May 20

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Lesson 33 - May 18

Read Aloud Title: The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney

Today I will be reading the book, The Little Red Hen. Little Red Hen decides she wants to make some bread. She hopes to have some help from her animal friends. Who will help Little Red Hen as she plants the seeds, prepares the wheat, and bakes the bread? As I am reading, I want you to think about what lesson the author, Jerry Pinkey, is trying to teach us.

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Lesson 34 - May 19

Read Aloud Title: The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philomen Sturges

Yesterday you heard the story The Little Red Hen.  Today I am going to read you another version of this story called The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza).  In this story the Little Red Hen doesn’t have the supplies she needs to make a pizza.  She asks her neighbors, a duck, a dog and a cat to help her.  Will her neighbors help her?  Will she get the ingredients she needs?  Who will get to eat the pizza?  As I read, listen carefully for the answers to these questions.

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Lesson 35 - May 20

 
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May 11 - May 15

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Lesson 29 - May 11

Read Aloud Title: Red Riding Hood by James Marshall

This is a story about a little girl named Red Riding Hood who doesn’t always follow the directions. As we read, think about the directions Red Riding Hood’s mother gives her and what happens when she doesn’t listen.

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Lesson 30 - May 12

Read Aloud Title: Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Today I am excited to share one of my favorite fractured fairy tales called Ninja Red Riding Hood.  A fractured fairy tale is one where the author takes a classic fairy tale-in this case Red Riding Hood, and changes some things about it, like the setting or the characters.  In this story the Big Bad Wolf can’t catch his prey with huffing and puffing, so he decides to try going to Ninja school.  As I am reading, I want you to think about how the story is like Red Riding Hood from yesterday, and how it is different.  

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Lesson 31 - May 13

Read Aloud Title: Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton

Today we’re going to read the story of Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton.  It’s another fractured fairy tale.  You may remember the traditional fairy tale called Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  As we read this story about Goldi Rocks, think about how it’s like the original fairy tale and how it’s different.

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Lesson 32 - May 14

Read Aloud Title: Somebody and the Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst

Today we’re going to read another version of the Goldilocks story called Somebody and the Three Blairs.  It’s about Mr. Blair, Mrs. Blair, and their son Baby Blair.  While they are at the park, somebody comes to their house...but it isn’t Goldilocks this time!  As you’re listening, think about how this book is like the original Goldilocks story, even when Goldilocks herself isn’t in it! 
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Lesson 32 - May 15

Read Aloud Title: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Today you’ll be hearing the story of Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems.  Willems is also the author of the “Pigeon” books, like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  If you’re familiar with Pigeon, watch carefully...you may notice a surprise or two in the illustrations!  Once again, please think about how this book is like the original Goldilocks story, and how it’s different.

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May 4 - May 8

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Lesson 24 - May 4

Read Aloud Title: Groundhog Gets A Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow

On Groundhog’s Day in February, it is said that if the groundhog comes out of hibernation and sees his shadow he will go back into his den and we will have 6 more weeks of winter. Well, Groundhog is here to convince us that groundhogs deserve to have a whole month dedicated to them rather than just one day. As I read, I want you to think about the reasons Groundhog gives trying to convince people of this. 

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Lesson 25 - May 5

Read Aloud Title: Animals Nobody Loves by Seymour Simon

This is a book that gives you information about animals that people have formed an opinion about and they might not like them. The author gives you real information about these animals so that you can form your own opinion. As I am reading I want you to think about how your opinion changes as you hear the information and what in the text makes you think about that. 

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Lesson 26 - May 6

Read Aloud Title: The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald

This is a non-fiction book that comes from an award-winning photographer asking 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students “What is the best part of you?” The illustrations are beautiful black and white pictures with the text written by the students themselves. These students describe in their own words and way what they believe is the best part of themselves. While I read, I want you to think about what is the best part of you!

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Lesson 27 - May 7

Read Aloud Title: The Gingerbread Man by Violet Finley

This is the tale of a gingerbread man that comes to life teasing anyone who tries to catch him.  As I read, I want you to think about how the illustrations support the text.  Let’s read...
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Lesson 28 - May 8

Read Aloud Title: The Ninjabread Man by C.J. Leigh

Here is a fractured fairy tale about Ninjabread Man.  In this tale, a sensei is training ninjas.  The ninjas are doing such a great job that the sensei decided to make ninjabread for them.  As in yesterday’s fairy tale, the ninjabread man comes to life teasing those that try to catch him.  As I read, I want you to think about how this story compares to the one we read yesterday.  What are some similarities and some differences?
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April 27 - May 1

Family Wellness Day

Family Wellness Day - May 1

Newark City Schools staff members have put together a variety of activities for families to do together this Friday, May 1, for our Family Wellness Day. Please click this link to find out more. We'd love to see what our students and families create and do during this Family Wellness Day. Please share your activities with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #NCSWellnessDay2020 More +
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Lesson 20 - April 27

Read Aloud Title: Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

In this story, Jeremy notices many of the other kids in his class have new, awesome, fast shoes.  He wants to get a pair just like them, but they are too expensive.  After talking to his Grandma, they search the second hand (thrift) stores for the shoes, and find them!  But they are too small. Let’s read to find out if Jeremy gets the shoes he so desperately wants.  As I am reading, think about whether Jeremy needs those shoes, and your reasons for your opinion.

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Lesson 21 - April 28

Read Aloud Title: A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts

In this realistic fiction story, A Bike Like Sergio’s written by Maribeth Boelts, Ruben wants a bike just like his friend Sergio’s.  The problem is, his family cannot afford to buy a bike.  One day, while Ruben is at the store, he sees a lady drop some money.  He scoops it up without anyone noticing.  When he gets home, he sees that it is a $100 bill.  Now he can buy the bike he has always wanted.  In the following days, while deciding how to get the bike, he loses the $100.  Read to find out what happens and how he feels when he loses the money.  As I am reading, think about whether or not Ruben should have given back the money he found.  Be ready to give reasons to support your thinking.
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Lesson 22 - April 29

Read Aloud Title: A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. WilliamsAfter a fire destroys their home and possessions, a girl named Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save money until they can afford to buy a big comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy.  As I read this story, listen for how Rosa and her family saved money for the chair, why it was important for them to have a chair and what you can learn from their experience.

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Lesson 23 - April 30

Read Aloud Title: Click, Clack, Moo. Cows That Type! by Doreen Cronin

Today we are going to be reading Click, Clack, Moo. Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. In this story, Farmer Brown receives a note from the cows on his farm asking him for some electric blankets. As I read, I want you to pay attention to how the cows write each note in this story, because at the end of it, I am going to ask you to write your very own note to Farmer Brown.

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April 20-24

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Lesson 15 - April 20

Read Aloud Title: Duck! Rabbit! By: Amy Krouse Resenhal & Tom Lichtenheld

This book gives us a good idea about what an opinion is. Two people are talking and explaining why they think the images in the illustrations are of a duck or a rabbit! While I am reading, I want you to think about how each one supported their thinking with evidence!

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Lesson 16 - April 21

Read Aloud Title: I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff

In this story there is a boy named Alex who is trying to convince his mom to let him have his friend’s baby iguana when he moves away.  Alex is giving his mom all of the reasons and examples that he can think of to try to convince her that he should be allowed to have the pet.  I want you to listen for the reasons that he gives his mom, and we’re going to think about whether or not he has convinced her.  
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Lesson 17 - April 22

Read Aloud Title: I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton

Today we are going to read one of my favorite non-fiction stories called I’m Trying to Love Spiders. The author is going to try to convince us that spiders can also be helpful creatures, even though they may be a little scary. As I read today, you will be learning a lot of interesting facts about spiders. Think about why we should all try to love spiders a little more as I read. 

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Lesson 18 - April 23

Read Aloud Title: Give Bees A Chance by Bethany Barton

This book is unique because Bethany Barton is the author and illustrator of this text. It is a nonfiction opinion book and one of the characters is hoping his friend will give bees a chance as he defends he likes them. As I am reading I want you to think about how the author organizes the book and keeps you interested!

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Lesson 19 - April 24

Read Aloud Title: My Teacher for President by Denise Brunkus and Kay Winters

My Teacher for President is one of my favorite persuasive books. The main character’s opinion is that his teacher would make a great president. As I am reading I want you to be thinking about the reasons he gives to support his opinion. 
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March 30-April 17

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Lesson 14 - April 17

Read Aloud Title: Let’s Meet a Teacher by Bridget Heos


Today we’re reading a story about a teacher named Ms. Crawford. Teachers are important members of a community and have many important jobs. Let’s read to find out about the many things they do.

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Lesson 13 - April 16

Read Aloud Title: Let’s Meet the Doctor by: Bridget Heos


Today we are going to read Let’s Meet a Doctor by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Mike Moran. In this story, we learn about a doctor named Dr. Zambil. Doctors are important members of our community that help people in many different ways. Let’s read to find out exactly what they do.

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Lesson 12 - April 15

Read Aloud Title: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson

This story follows the lives of four fictional characters during the time of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  You will learn about each of the characters' own experiences during this terrible storm. It will be our job to pay special attention to the characters, and think of words we can use to describe them.

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Lesson 11 - April 14

Read Aloud Title: HURRICANES! By Gail Gibbons


Winds Howl.  Rain pours down.  Violent waves crash on the shore and storm surge causes flooding. This dangerous spinning storm is a hurricane.  In this text, Gail Gibbons uses lots of ways to teach us how hurricanes form, the damage they cause and how they are named.  As we read, notice the text features she uses to help you as a reader.

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Lesson 10 - April 13

Read Aloud Title: Extreme Weather by: Torrey Maloof; part 2


Today we are finishing our reading of Extreme Weather. We will be reading about blizzards, how to be prepared for extreme weather, and also looking at the glossary!

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Lesson 9 - April 9

Read Aloud Title: Extreme Weather by: Torrey Maloof

 

Today we are going to read a non fiction text that is going to teach us about how dangerous weather can be.  It is called Extreme Weather and it was written by Torrey Maloof.

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Lesson 8 - April 8

Read Aloud Title: The Water Cycle at Work by Rebecca Olien


Today’s story is about the water cycle.  A cycle is something that happens over and over again.  As you listen, think about what steps there are in the water cycle.
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Lesson 7 - April 7

Read Aloud Title: All the Water in the World


In this book, Ms. Lyons shares the water cycle.  Listen to how water goes around.

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Lesson 6 - April 6


Read Aloud Title: Tracking the Weather


This book is about the many things people use to track the weather. As you are listening, think about what you have seen or used to track the weather.

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Lesson 5 - April 3

 

Read Aloud Title: Water is Water By: Miranda Paul


In this story, water evolves or changes into many different things. At the end, apples are changing too! As you are listening, think about how things evolve or change.


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Lesson 4 - April 2

Read Aloud Title: Next Time You See a Cloud by Emily Morgan


Today we’re going to read the book Next Time You See a Cloud by Emily Morgan. As I look at this book, I’m thinking to myself about the genre. Is this fiction or non-fiction and how can I tell? (think aloud non-fiction book features). I know that in non-fiction books, the author has written about a topic for a reason. As I read today, I want you to be thinking about why you think the author chose to write this book.

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Lesson 3 - April 1

 

Read Aloud Title: Water Bodies by Dana Herweck Rice


You will learn what a body of water is and the different types of water bodies found on earth.  You will also learn why water is important in our daily lives. As you listen to this text, think about where you see water and why it is important to us.

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Lesson 2 - March 31

Read Aloud Title: What Will the Weather Be?


This book is nonfiction and the author’s purpose is to inform you about predicting the weather and what causes different types of weather. Did you know that meteorologists are scientists who study the weather?

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Lesson 1 - March 30

    

Read Aloud Title: Come on, Rain by: Karen Hesse


In this story, Tessie is begging for rain to come because they are going through a heat wave and the rain finally comes.  As you are listening, think about the important things that happen in this story.


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Online Resources

There are many websites available to offer supplemental activities at home. Some of the sites are fully free, while others are offering free trials. Some may require classroom codes, however most do not. 
 
Here are some of them:
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