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NCCBA 2013


The nominees we read for NCCBA

We recently completed our NCCBA readings in K-2. (North Carolina Children’s Book Awards if you are not from North Carolina.) You can see what we did last year, but this year I did it a little differently. Last year we focused more on the different animals in the books because so many of the books had animals. This year the choices were much more varied and I wanted to read more of the selections. So, I created a ballot type paper for the students to draw a quick picture of a main idea from the book and rate each book as we read. This way they could go back and remember what we read much easier. I read them over 3 classes and we voted. Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes was the definite winner from our school! I will send the votes on to the state and we will see if we represent the same views of the kids across the state. Here are a couple of pictures of their papers in progress. I was excited to really some great details from the stories and thought from the kids about how to represent the stories.

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LMNO Peas – Who Are You?

100_0623We recently finished our NCCBA voting and I wanted to do a little extra activity with my Kinders because they liked LMNO Peas so much. So, we talked about the last page of the book that says Who Are You? We looked at the artwork in the book and then each student drew the first letter of their name and drew peas doing things they like to do. (They could also differentiate and some added words or sentences about their peas.) At the end I let each student present under the document camera and tell us about what they drew. It was a class not as much about research and gathering information, but I think it is important to incorporate some fun book lessons and presenting also. I tried doing the whole first name with one class, but they had trouble writing it large and fitting it on the page at the same time, so I changed to just the first initial which is more like the book anyway. We looked at some of the illustrations and how they drew peas and I showed an example that I made for myself. They really liked this and loved presenting them! I think I will use this in the future at the beginning of the year as a get to know you activity. Here are a few more of their pictures and some of them presenting to the class.

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