February Theme of the Month:

Communities Support One Another to Make Change (passion)

Overview: Passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion; something you really care about
RULER Emotion Words: motivated, inspired, proud


How do we find our passion?


Myron Uhlberg wrote Dad,Jackie, and me and it is our book of the month. This story of a young boy and his hearing-impaired father shows how their love of baseball—and their admiration for the newest player for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson—brings them closer together. As their shared passion in the great American pastime helps to deepen the relationship between father and son, it also deepens their understanding and acceptance of the differences between people.

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January Theme of the Month:

Communities Work Together

Overview: Cooperation the process of working together
RULER Emotion Words: Fulfilled, satisfied, grateful

How to be a Cooperative Person

  • Listen carefully to others and be sure you understand what they are saying

  • Share when you have something that others would like to have
  • Take turns when there is something that nobody wants to do, or when more than one person wants to do the same thing
  • Compromise when you have a serious conflict
  • Do your part the very best that you possibly can. This will inspire others to do the same
  • Show appreciation to people for what they contribute
  • Encourage others to do their best
  • Make people feel important and needed. Working together is a lot more fun that way
  • Don’t isolate or exclude anyone. Everybody has something valuable to offer, and nobody likes being left out

Book of the Month

Song Of The Month


Magic Traingle

Today you will use logic, task cards and plastic chips with numbers. Follow the instructions on each task card. Move the plastic chips to solve the problem. There is no need for erasing because if you make a mistake…just move the chips. When you find success, record your answer on your sheet. Good luck and have fun!

Challenge: Try this game online, Magic Triangles. Here you solve puzzles by arranging numbers on a diagram so that they add up to a given value. Use perseverance to solve these logic puzzles!

Let’s Animate

Last week, you created a mini-book using a hole for inspiration.  This week, the hole will inspire us to create an animation. You might recall How to Make a Quick and Easy Flipbook from last year. This year we will use technology to help us!


The Hole Story

“Hello, I’ve discovered a hole in my apartment… it moves around… yes… if you could come and look at it…bring it down to you, you say… how… hello!” The main character discovered a hole and tries to find an explanation. He seeks expert advice. But not everything can be explained. Perhaps he will just have to accept that it’s there!

There’s a hole in an animated movie. Watch to find out when Pencilmate falls into a hole. Will Pencilmiss be able to help him out?


  1. Let’s make our own “hole” story.  Today we will use minibooks to create a story with a hole.
  2.  Learn how to make a mini notebook for another story – Easy Mini Notebook from One Sheet of Paper.
  3. Play the logic game, Hook.