Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Out of the Woods by Rebecca Bond

What would you do if you lived in the middle of a forest when it is on fire? Well Antonio and all the lumberjacks get in the lake! And they are joined by all the forest animals as well! Would you want to stand waist deep in the lake with moose, raccoons, wolves, and many others if it saved your lives?

If you would like to see the answer key to the animal track match, please click here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Red Clover language

We learned a few Spanish words as we heard about Mia's family.

These were all words that were in Spanish in our story! We are lucky to have Ms. Barnes with us. She is not only our library assistant but also know Spanish very well! She made these word cards with both the Spanish and English words. So if you have been hearing a few Spanish words at home, it could be Mia, Abuela, or Mango that shared them with us! The power of reading the Red Clover books together!!
Happy Reading,
Ms. Hebert and Ms. Barnes

Friday, January 13, 2017

Winnie: the True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
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Students enjoyed this Red Clover title by Sally M. Walker, which tells the story of the REAL Winnie!  In 1914, Canadian veterinarian Harry Colebourn was heading out to Europe to care for horses on the front when he encountered a motherless bear cub at the railroad station.  He named her Winnipeg for his hometown, but the name was quickly shortened to Winnie.

When the War became too dangerous for Winnie to stay with Colebourn, he placed her in the safety of the London Zoo.  It was there that author A. A. Milne and his young son Christopher Robin met her.  Christopher Robin was so entranced by Winnie that he changed his own toy bear’s name from Edward to Winnie The Pooh-- and the rest is history!  

Walker’s book includes lots of real photos and historical information in a kid-friendly format that the children really enjoyed. This is the second book about Winnie that our students have experienced. The 2016 Caldecott medal winning title was Finding Winne by Lindsay Mattick.  And, there’s a special twist:  Lindsay Mattick is Harry Colebourn’s great granddaughter, and her infant son is named Cole in his honor.  
Winnie and Harry’s statue at the London Zoo

We’ll read all 10 Red Clover books this year, and vote as a school for our top choice in April. I look forward to viewing what the favorites will be!