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Children are invited to join the 2021 Summer Reading Program at the Calaveras County Library. Our 8-week program will feature a weekly packet that can be picked up at your local library. Readers can register, fill out reading logs, and compete for prizes! Each packet will include a free book and activities for children ages 0-2 and 3-5, and Grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-6.

 

 To register on-line click here Or fill out the form below and return it to your local branch Or return it by mail or email.

 

Call (209) 754-6510 or email us if you have questions.


Week 1 packets will be available for pick up beginning Monday, June 14th.


 

Ages 0-2

Week 1 - Promote Language Development with Books

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Week 1: Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

 Book Cover: Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.

Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.

Promote language development with books

 

Activity:

Teach your baby colors and animals with this laminated, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See,” handout for baby to hold from 1plus1plus1equals1.com. Touch the animal that corresponds to the page you are reading and say the color, “brown bear.” Your baby will begin to recognize that you are matching these images and with repetition, be able to recognize the corresponding color and animal words.

Objectives:

  • Beginning color recognition - Each animal is paired with a particular color.
     
  • Animal noises - Ask your baby what each animal sounds like. Animal noises are a GREAT way to begin introducing intentional sounds. Then make the sound… this will grab your babies attention.
     
  • Language development - Say the name and color of each animal.
     
  • Additional visual context – The laminated storyboard helps to provide additional visual context.

Week 2 - Kicking play

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Week 2: Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

Book Cover: Play, Play, Baby! By Anna W. Bardaus

Book: Play, Play, Baby! By Anna W. Bardaus

Kicking play for 2-6 month old is important for whole body and brain development.

 

Activity:

This is a simple play activity for babies. Blow up the 2 included balloons and loosely attach them to your baby’s ankles. Lay your baby on their back or fasten them into a baby chair. Watch their excitement as they kick the colorful balloons. Disclaimer, this activity is intended for little ones BEFORE they grasp and mouth objects and before they're rolling over. Once you see these skills, discontinue this activity for safety.

Objectives:

  • Strengthens the belly muscles
  • Strengthens the leg muscles
  • Encourages "chin tuck" by looking toward the feet; chin tuck is important for neck strength and to begin rolling back to belly
  • Develops understanding of body position by sensing weight shifting
  • Promotes learning of cause and effect

 

Balloon toss for 7 month – 2 year olds is important for brain development, physical activity and hand eye coordination.

Don’t let the balloon touch the ground, a classic balloon game perfect for indoors. The objective is to simply keep the balloon in the air and not let it touch the ground. Be sure to have adequate space, free from fragile items and tripping hazards. This is a great game to play to music.

Add on to this activity. Try throwing the balloons through a hula hoop, or moving all of the balloons to a particular area or colored mat.

Week 3 - Baby in the Mirror!

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Week 3: Reading Colors Your Baby's World

Book Cover: Love is You & Me by Anna W. Bardaus

Book: Love is You & Me by Anna W. Bardaus

Baby in the Mirror!

 

Activity: Hold baby in your arms in front of the mirror. Talk about and point to body parts—eyes, nose, mouth, arms, etc. Then move baby away from the mirror and ask, “Where did baby go?” Move back in front of the mirror and say, “There’s the baby!”

Hide-and-seek enhances babies’ growing sense of body awareness, or the knowledge that they are separate from you. Give your baby a big hug and kiss in front of the mirror. Watch as they delight in this show of affection displayed all through the mirror. You can play the game, “I Spy, “in the mirror with older children.

I Spy Game:  Say, ‘I spy with my little eye something that I can eat’ or ‘I spy with my little eye something that’s red’. The other person/s can guess what the object is.

Song: I look in the Mirror

I look in the mirror and what do I see?
I see a happy face smiling at me.

I look in the mirror and what do I see?
I see a surprised face looking at me.
                                   
(Use this song while you and your child are looking in the mirror.  Make up other verses as you make additional “feelings” faces.)

Objectives:

  • Recognize faces, including their own
  • Learn to associate words with body parts
  • Recognize facial expressions
  • Very young babies learn how to focus and track images

I spy’ involves turn-taking and talking, it develops social and language skills.

Week 4 - Edible Finger Paint

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Week 4: Reading Colors Your Baby's World

Book Cover: Eat Your Colors by Scholastic

Book: Eat Your Colors by Scholastic

Edible Finger Paint

 

Activity: Combine baby food and yogurt in a bowl, using one bowl for each paint color that you wish to make; or you can use a muffin tin. Greek yogurt provides the best results in these paints because of its natural thickness. You can add 2-3 drops of food coloring to increase the vibrancy of the colors, many health food stores sell natural food coloring. Try giving older babies different objects to paint with.

Paint Storage: Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. You may have to re-stir paint between uses.

Artwork Storage: let the paper air dry in a sunny spot until completely dry before displaying or storing.

 

Red Finger Paint: In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of beets or pomegranate purée baby food and 1 teaspoon rice cereal baby cereal until well blended.

Yellow Finger Paint: In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 3 teaspoons of butternut squash purée baby food and 1 teaspoon rice baby cereal until well blended.

Orange Finger Paint: In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon carrot purée and 1 teaspoon rice baby cereal until well blended.

Green Finger Paint: In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, 4 teaspoons green bean purée and 2 teaspoons rice baby cereal until well blended.

Purple Finger Paint: In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon blueberry or blackberry purée baby food and 1 teaspoon rice baby cereal until well blended.

 

Objectives: Learn about colors and fine tune motor skills

 

Finger Paint in Cupcake tin

Week 5 - Tug Lid with Talk and Point Colors

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Week 5: Reading Colors Your Baby's World

Book Cover: Talk and Point Colors by Scholastic

Book: Talk and Point Colors by Scholastic

Tug Lid with Talk and Point Colors

 

Material from laughingkidslearn.com. This week’s summer reading kit has supplies to make a toy for developing your baby’s motor skills. You can even make this when your baby is a newborn and hang it above as a mobile, then graduate it to a toy when their grasping and grabbing skills are more refined.

 

Activity: First, poke several holes through the included lid with scissors or a hole punch. Next, thread various ribbons of different textures and lengths through the holes. Knot the ends of the ribbon with a pony bead so they wouldn’t slip through. Lastly, give each ribbon a good tug to ensure it won’t slip through the hole. You can expand this project by using a cardboard box instead of a lid and add pipe cleaners in place of some ribbons.

 

Objectives:

  • Builds Hand / Eye coordination
  • Fine motor skills when your baby is grasping and pulling the ends of the ribbon
  • Introduces cause and effect, pull and see what happens

 

 Image of Colored Ribbons

Week 6 - Baby Find the Rhythm!

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Week 6: Reading Colors Your Baby's World

Book Cover: Baby Music by Liana James

Book: Baby Music by Liana James

Baby find the rhythm!

 

Activity: Use the included shaker egg to have fun with your baby or toddler, or any other rhythm instrument. Just like books, songs have great vocabulary words. Singing and rhyming increase your child's awareness of the sounds in words and is an important early literacy practice that helps prepare children to read.

Also, when you sing to your baby you’re forming a special bond through the sound of your voice. Sing old favorites and new tunes together. Get the whole family involved to help build deeper family bonds between siblings and grandparents. Add in some dancing and you will have a party!

Attached will be a few of our favorite Story Time action songs. Join us for singing, stories and crafts during our weekly Story hour. Call your local library for times and hours.

 

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Week 7 - Dance, Dance, Baby!

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Week 7: Reading Colors Your Baby's World

Book Cover: Dance, Dance, Baby! By Anna W. Bardaus

Book: Dance, Dance, Baby! By Anna W. Bardaus

Activity Source: http://resourcesforearlylearning.org

 

Your baby needs exercise. Being physically active sets the stage for later fitness. Music is a great way to get your baby moving.

  • You can gently move your baby’s arms and hands together to help him clap along to a song as you wait for the bus or in the grocery line. 
  • You can lay your baby on his back and bicycle their legs to the music beat as you wait for dinner to cook or sit on the grass outside.
  • Use rhymes, songs, and chants like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to help your baby move as he practices new skills, such as pulling up to a sitting or standing position.

 

You can get moving too! Hold your baby in your arms and dance to music around the kitchen or the living room--or even outdoors!

 

Babies enjoy different kinds of music

Singing, dancing, and sharing all kinds of music with babies is a great way to have fun together. When you use music to connect to babies, you will want to maintain eye contact and hold them close (as long as they are comfortable).

Try using different music for different routines throughout your day. For example:

  • Help babies settle and relax with soothing music such as classical guitar or soft instrumental music.
  • Get babies alert and moving with upbeat music, such as children’s music or a salsa tune.
  • Help babies feel confident (and happy) as they anticipate words and sounds and clap along to nursery rhymes and other action songs for babies.

 

Plan group sing-alongs

Checkout Story Time at your local Library, for more information call (209) 754-6510. Babies will have fun kicking, waving, or bouncing to the music and imitating older children’s actions. Enhance the fun even further with the following ideas.

  • Include babies’ names in the song if possible and have older toddlers sing each name along with you.
  • Offer young babies rattles to shake, anklets that jingle, or scarves to wave.
  • Offer older babies a bell to ring, a drum to hit, or a plastic bottle with rice to shake.
  • Provide duplicate or similar instruments so that children can imitate each other.
  • You can look for CDs at your local library or for lyrics on Internet sites.

 

Help babies feel safe and comfortable while they are away from home by including music and songs from their home cultures.

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Week 8 - Color Flash Cards

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Week 8Reading Colors Your Baby's World

 

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Color Flash Cards

Teaching your child to recognize colors is an important part of early learning.
 

Start introducing lessons about color around 1 year to 18 months.

The following website has some great tips. For example, begin with color matching or color sorting before you even begin to assign names to colors. https://www.teachinglittles.com/9-simple-ways-to-get-your-toddler-to-learn-colors/

 

6 Fun ways to introduce colors to your child:

1. Introduce one color at a time. Try assigning colors for each week. Blue Week, Red Week, Yellow Week, etc. Gear your activities towards the week’s color. Serve blue foods; have them wear blue clothing; give them blue paint to play with, be creative!

2. Play with colored blocks, shapes or flashcards. This is the simplest way for your child to make clear comparisons between colors. Blocks are identical in shape, it allows your toddler to focus primarily on the differences in their colors. You can also use the included flash cards that I found at www.totcards.com.

3. Use media. Try introducing a video that teaches them a song. Their verbal memory will be activated by exciting sounds and visuals. Some recommended songs to look up include, “Color Song.” Try iPad’s Speak Colors app to help children learn how to say color names aloud and use them in full sentences. Checkout Watch and Learn, a teachable service, on our Library website.

4. Make your child’s bath a different color every week. Try adding a few drops of food coloring, bath bomb or colored bath salts to their bath water, you can also add colored toys.

5. Serve them colored food. During orange week offer oranges, cantaloupe, macaroni and cheese, cheese crackers or cheese sticks. For yellow week offer pineapple, lemonade, yellow rice, taste a yellow bell pepper… you get the idea. Have fun being creative and if all else fails default to different colored fruit purees, jello and fruit snacks.

6. Play, “I Spy,” Help your child locate colors in the world around them. If you’re in your back yard, go around and see what red things you can see-- “I spy a red wagon; I spy a red flower; I spy a red bucket. Most of all have fun teaching your little one new vocabulary!

Ages 3-5

Week 1 - Picture Puzzle

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Week 1Picture Puzzle
Cut out the mixed up picture pieces below and arrange them to look like the correct picture.

Picture Puzzle Cutouts

 

Week 2 - Around the World

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Week 2Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

 

Handout 1: Our world is so colorful from the food we eat and people we meet, to the places we can travel. Take a walk around your neighborhood with the Color Walk Handout and search for all the colors of the rainbow.

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Handout 2: Create your own passport with an adult. A passport is a piece of paper with information about yourself. People need passports to travel to different countries. Fill out your passport by writing your name and attach or draw a photo. Ask an adult about your nationality. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

 

In the community where we live, and when we travel to others, it is important to be a good citizen. What does it mean to be a good citizen?


Checkout this link for a short 2 minute video on how to be a, “Good Citizen,” in your community:

https://watchandlearn.scholastic.com/videos/social-emotional/good-citizens.html

 

Visit the Calaveras County Website for more Watch and learn videos located under the Catalogue tab:

https://library.calaverasgov.us/

Week 3 - Happy in Our Skin

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Week 2Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

Book: Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

Book: Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

 

In this activity we will use M&M’s to teach diversity:

  • Pour the pack of M&M’s into a bowl. Do not let children touch the candy. 

 

Ask: What do you see?  What can you tell me about these M&M’s just from looking at them? (e.g. different colors) Are there any of these M&M’s better than the others? (Acknowledge that some may have a favorite color; steer conversation to the value of the candy itself)

  • Make the following statement: We are just like this bowl of M&M’s. We may appear different on the outside, but we are very much alike on the inside. 
     
  • Let each person have one M&M to eat. Ask them to bite into it to look at the inside. Compare insides, noting how they are all the same. 

 

Say: We may like the red ones or the green ones best, but that does not mean the yellow ones aren’t as good. This is the same with people. There may be some people we like a lot, but this does not mean other people are not as good. The M&M’s are all made of the same ingredients to make chocolate. Just like M&M’s, people are all made of the same things. We all have blood, muscles, skin, a heart that feels, and yet we all look different on the outside. What if you were all the same size, shape or color? Our world would not be as interesting or fun. Our differences are what makes life exciting. 

  • Highlight differences in ability along with difference in size, shape or color.
     
  • Read the poem Different (author unknown) and ask what it is about.


Different
Hey! Hey! I’m just me!
I’m different from anyone else you’ll see!
Taller than John - shorter than Sue...
Hair that is darker than Nancy’s too.
Eyes not black or really green.
Nor really blue, but in between.
I’ve got more freckles than Don or Fred.
Jane reads better but I can add,
And Jim runs faster (which makes me sad!)
Johnny’s arms are chocolate brown,
And he’s got the happiest grin in town.
Judy’s arms are almost white
And I’m dark tan - and it’s all right
Cause Johnny is him, and I am me,
And Judy is Judy, plain to see,
And we’re all as different as we can be!

 

Checkout this link on Scholastic Watch & Learn about how we can all be friends: https://watchandlearn.scholastic.com/videos/social-emotional/we-can-all-be-friends.html

Week 4 - Introduction to Origami

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Week 2Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

Book: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Book: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

 

Introduction to origami: Make your own paper cap in 5 simple steps

You can use the included newspaper to fold your caps

Folding instructions for hat Image

 

Now that you can make caps, how many can you stack on your head? How many caps does the peddler in the story have stacked on his head?

Week 5 - Chalk Recipe

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Week 2Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

Book Cover: Chalk by Bill Thompson

Book: Chalk by Bill Thompson

 

Use chalk and a little imagination to create some outdoor fun with gross motor skills, color, letter and number recognition.

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Make a start point and work your way around the sidewalk by drawing different activities. Include different tasks such as dancing, jumping, hopping, turning around, jumping on 1 foot, clapping, going backwards, etc. You can include rocks, dice or other objects and create a task around it. Also, squeeze in some ”break” activities such as make a wish, give high five to the sky, say your name, empty your pockets, it makes the obstacle course more fun. YouTube also has some great ideas.

 

Here are a few more ideas to get started:

  • Hop in place ten times
  • Zig zag lines to run over
  • Spirals to turn your body
  • Loops to run around
  • Add a maze
  • Add upper and lower case letters to match
  • Add a hop scotch
  • Add a number line with dice to roll- have children stand/jump on the # they rolled
  • Rainbows to run over
  • Step across the cracks on a sidewalk.
  • Sprint across the grass.
  • Skip back to the starting line

Week 6 - Developing Motor Skills

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Week 2Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

Book Cover: Chalk by Bill Thompson

Book: A Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert

 

What will Llama do with a Red couch? No one really knows, not even Llama!

 

Handout 1: Practice holding a pencil and tracing the lines. Next color the circles to match the ones at the top of the paper.


Handouts 2 & 3: Have fun using fine motor skills with coding stickers. Use the stickers to complete the color patterns.

 

In the book, “A Couch for Llama,” the family recognizes that Llama enjoys having a couch. They give Llama their couch because they know it will make him happy. This was very kind of them to do!

 

Watch the Scholastic Watch & Learn video on ways you can choose to be kind: https://watchandlearn.scholastic.com/videos/social-emotional/choose-to-be-kind.html

Week 7 - Discovering Color

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Week 2Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

Book Cover: Sky Color by Peter Reyolds

Book: Sky Color by Peter Reyolds

 

In the book Marisol watched the day turn to night at sunset. The sky isn’t just blue. Marisol noticed the sky was many different colors. Watch the sunset, how many colors do you see in the sky?

Sometimes you can see a rainbow in the sky. Have you ever seen one? Color the rainbow handout to discover how many colors are in a rainbow.

Use the included  watercolors and color mixing handout to make new colors. How many different colors can you make by mixing the watercolor paints?

Find the shades in the Summer Reading Kit. How many colors can you see when you look through the lens?

 

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Week 8 - Grow Some Color

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Week 2Reading Colors Your Baby’s World

Book Cover: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

 

Handouts: Practice tracing lines and color the flowers.

 

Grow Some Color

Try planting some flower seeds with your child. Directions located on the back of the seed packet will tell you where your flowers prefer to grow.

You will need several pots or a large planter box and some potting soil/dirt. Add the dirt to the containers and use your finger to poke holes in the dirt (this is my children’s favorite part). Drop a seed or two into each hole. Then, cover the hole with dirt and water. Assign your child daily water duty and watch how proud they are when the flowers begin to sprout!

 

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Grades K-2

Week 1: Reading Colors Your World

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Week 1Reading Colors Your World

 
Book Image of Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
 
BOOK:  Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
 
Activities:

Extras:
 
Check out these books from the library:
 

                    Dewey Cat book image         Splat the Cat book image         Tome and Pippo Read a Story Book image

 I Don't like to Read! Book image     Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog book image     Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog book image     Otto the Book Bear book image

Week 2: Science Colors Your World

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Week 2Science Colors Your World

 
The Rainbow Mystery by Jennifer Dussling
 
BOOK:  The Rainbow Mystery by Jennifer Dussling
 
Activities:

Extras:

 
Check out these books from the library:
 

      Science Arts book image   Gizmos and Gadgets book image Scampers Thinks Like a Scientist book image      You Solve with Science book image       

 Spectacular Science book image       What is Science book image    Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea book image   The Way Science Works book image   Amelia Bedelai Rocket Scientist book image

Week 3: Emotions Color Your World

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Week 3Emotions Colors Your World

 
This Makes Me Happy by Courtney Carbon
 
BOOK:  This Makes Me Happy by Courtney Carbone
 
Activities:

Extras:

 
Check out these books from the library:
 

      The Happy Book book image    A Little Spot of Happinesss book image   I Feel Too! book image    You are my Happy book image    Have You Filled Your Bucket book image 

Week 4: Art Colors Your World

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Week 1Art Colors Your World

 
Book: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
 
BOOK:  The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
 
Activities:
Extras:
  • Read the “Skunk” article from National Geographic Kids to learn more about skunks!
  • Color and cut apart your baby skunk; glue it together using the provided glue stick.

 

Online Resources:

YouTube video/book read aloud:

 
*To access the BookFlix link you first need to click here and log in with your library card number. After logging in, click the above link and it will take you directly to the page
 
Check out these books from the library:
 
Book Image: Ish by Peter H Reynolds   Book image: Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds  Book image: What do you do with an idea?   Book image: Great Thumbprint Drawing Book
 

Week 5: Kindness Colors Your World

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Week 1Kindness Colors Your World

 
What Does It Mean to be Kind? by Rana DiOrio
 
BOOK:  What Does It Mean to be Kind? by Rana DiOrio
 
Activities:
 
Online Resources:

YouTube video/book read aloud:

 

Check out these books from the library:

 
Book Image: Be Kind   Book Image: Glenna's Seeds   Book Image: Tomorrow I'll Be Kind
Book Image: Showing Kindness   Book IMage: The City of Words   Book IMage: You, Me and Empathy   Book IMage: Clara is Left Out

Week 6: Music Colors Your World

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Week 1Music Colors Your World

 
Esquivel! – Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood
 
BOOK:  Esquivel! – Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood
 
Activities:
 
Online Resources:

YouTube video/book read aloud:

 

Check out these books from the library:

 
Book Image: Buffalo Music   Book Image: Lizard Music   Book Image: We Play Music   Book Image: Making Music

Week 7

Week 8

Grades 3-4

Week 1: Humor Colors Your World

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Week 1Humor Colors Your World

 
Wedgie & Gizmo By Suzanne Selfors
 
BOOK:  Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors
 
Activities:
  • Read the book.
  • Finish Book Explorers Worksheet
  • Write and illustrate a funny pet story inspired by Wedgie & Gizmo. Get creative and have fun with it!
  • Play Wedgie & Gizmo BINGO with your friends or family. While your playing you could share some of your favorite funny parts from the book!
Extras:
  • 11 Funny Animal Jokes for Kids (and Kids at Heart) 
  • Guinea Pig article from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

 

Check out these books from the library:
 
Title Author Location
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt Ben Clanton J F CLA
Bug boys Laura Knetzger J F KNE
My big fat zombie goldfish Mo O’Hara J F OHA
Wedgie & Gizmo vs. the Toof Suzanne Selfors J F SEL
Wedgie & Gizmo vs. the great outdoors Suzanne Selfors J F SEL
Dogs: From predator to protector Andy Hirsch J 636.7 HIR
Guinea pigs Mark Evans J 636.93592 EVA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Resources:

 
*To access the BookFlix link you first need to click here and log in with your library card number. After logging in, click the above link and it will take you directly to the page.
 

Week 1: Science Colors Your World

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Week 1Science Colors Your World

 
Book: Zoey and Sassafras: Monsters and Mold By Asia Citro
 
BOOK:  Zoey and Sassafras: Monsters and Mold By Asia Citro
 
Activities:
  • Read the book.
  • Finish Book Explorers Worksheet
  • Moldy Bread Experiments: conduct your bread experiments like Zoey did in the book! See how heat and moisture affect mold growth on bread. Use the provided sheets to keep notes and drawings to document your experiments.
  • Roll-A-Monster Drawing Game: roll your dice to draw your unique monster!
Extras:
  • Try out your very own thinking goggles! Diffraction Glasses are created by allowing light to strike a grating (in the lens) which is marked with thousands of parallel lines. The light waves are caused to spread in such a way that they produce a spectrum, or rainbow
  • Zoey and Sassafras coloring page.

 

Check out these books from the library:
 
Title Author Location
Zoey and Sassafras Series Books 1-8 Asia Citro J F CIT
The last bear Hannah Gold J F GOL
The Animal Rescue Agency: Case file: Little claws Eliot Schrefer J F SCH
Kitchen science cabinet projects Michelle Dickinson J 507.8 DIC
Kitchen science lab for kids Liz Heinecke J 507.8 HEI
The woolly monkey mysteries: The quest to save a rainforest species Sandra Markle J 599.858 MAR
Small wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre & his world of insects Matthew Clark Smith JB FAB
The leaf detective: How Margaret Lowman uncovered secrets in the rainforest Heather Lang JB LOW
Secrets of the sea: The story of Jeanne Power, revolutionary marine science Evan Griffith JB POW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Online Resources:
 
*To access the BookFlix link you first need to click here and log in with your library card number. After logging in, click the above link and it will take you directly to the page

Week 1: Animals Colors Your World

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Week 1Animals Colors Your World

 
Book: A Boy Called BAT By Elana K. Arnold
 
BOOK:  A Boy Called BAT By Elana K. Arnold
 
Activities:
  • Read the book.
  • Finish Book Explorers Worksheet
  • Read “What to do if you find a critter in need” and then see if you can answer the questions in the “Baby Animal Quiz.”
  • Play the Animal Trivia Game with your friends or family (cut apart the cards before playing).
Extras:
  • Read the “Skunk” article from National Geographic Kids to learn more about skunks!
  • Color and cut apart your baby skunk; glue it together using the provided glue stick.

 

Check out these books from the library:
 
Title Author Location
Bat and the waiting game Elana K. Arnold J F ARN
Bat and the end of everything Elana K. Arnold J F ARN
Lily to the rescue W. Bruce Cameron J F CAM
Saving Winslow Sharon Creech J F CRE
Mega-dogs of New Kansas Dan Jolley J F JOL
Wondrous Rex Patricia MacLachlan J F MAC
Animal: [the definitive visual guide]   J 590 ANI
Animal Tom Jackson J 590 JAC
Wild animals of the north Dieter Braun J 591 BRA
Animal encyclopedia: 2,500 animals with photos, maps, and more! National Geographic Society J 591.03 ANI
Skunks Sandra Markle J 599.76 MAR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Grades 5-6

WEEK 1: People Color Your World

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Week 1People Color Your World

 
The Unteachables by Gordon Korman Book Image
 
BOOK:  The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
 
Activities:
• The Unteachables-WHO ARE THEY? – chart and descriptions to paste next to each character – At the Beginning and At the End. 
• See it like Parker Does word sheet.
• Anagram riddles sheet.
• Newspaper about YOU! One newspaper article about Mr. Kermit ruined his life and made him look like a failure. Another that set the record straight saved his job and helped him find joy again. Use the newspaper in your packet to create a newspaper about yourself. Be sure it describes you accurately!
 
Extras:
• Make your own Vuvuzela – Supplied:  cup and file folder. Gather the remaining materials required for the instrument (tape, paper towel roll, and things to decorate it) and make your own vuvuzela!
 
Title Author Location
Unplugged Gordon Korman J F KOR
Notorious Gordon Korman J F KOR
Whats His Face and many more by this author! Gordon Korman J F KOR
Theodore Boone: the scandal John Grisham J F GRI
You go first Erin Kelly J F KEL
The miscalculations of Lightning Girl Stacy McAnulty J F MCA
The Queen Bee and Me Gillian McDunn J F MCD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 2: Words Color Your World

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Week 2Words Color Your World

 
Frindle by Andrew Clements
 
BOOK:  Frindle by Andrew Clements
 
Activities:
• WORDSLEUTHING game.  Challenge your partner in a game which shows how good your vocabulary is!
• Invent a Word worksheet.  Make up a new word like Nick does in the book.
• Frindle Advertisement worksheet.  Nick made a lot of money from his “new” invention.  Make an advertisement for your new word to see if you can do the same. 
• Use the stationery in your packet to write a letter to your favorite teacher or other adults who have helped you in your life.  You don’t have to sign it if you don’t want to. Deliver the letter to them – in person, in secret or through the mail. 
 
 
Things to check out from your library: 
Title Author Location
Sideways Stories from Wayside School Louis Sachar J F SAC
The School Story Andrew Clements J F CLE
The Landry News Andrew Clements J F CLE
Making Friends Kristen Grudsnuk J F GRU
Supergifted Gordon Korman J F KOR
The Next Great Paulie Fink Ali Benjamin J F BEN
Ali Cross James Patterson J F PAT

 

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Week 3: Emotions Color Your World

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Week 3Emotions Color Your World

 
How To Steal A Dog By Barbara O’Connor
 
BOOK:  How To Steal A Dog By Barbara O’Connor
 
Activities:
• Create a Vision Box of your hopes and dreams for your future.
• Create your own Encouraging Words Flier.

 

 
Extras:
• Complete the Dog Maze.
• Complete the Dog Breed Word Search.

 

Title Author Location
Beverly, Right Here Kate DiCamillo J F DIC
Here in the Real World Sara Pennypacker J F PEN
Wish Barbara O’Connor J F OCO
Ghost Jason Reynolds J F REY
Brave Like That Lindsey Stoddard J F STO

 

 

 

 

 

 

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