Bundle Up by Jennifer Sattler

 

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Hi Guys,

So I could not resist creating a flannel board of this cute new board book by Jennifer Sattler. Bundle Up just longed to be a flannel board! It’s perfect too because it is all about a hippo getting bundled up for the cold weather.

I could have drawn each of the pieces on the felt itself but I decided to put them on paper first, so feel free to use these as a template…

 

From there it was just a matter of getting my colors straight. And voila!

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If you read the book, you will notice that our lovely hippo steals the carrot off a snowman at the end. I didn’t feel like I needed a snowman for my flannel board but any generic snowman (without a nose) would work if you wanted to include it.

This is going to be a fun one, especially for the little guys and will go great for any snow, getting dressed or bundled up storytime theme.

That’s all for now!

-M-

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Fuzzy

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger is a juvenile fiction book for 4-6th graders.

When Max—Maxine Zealster—befriends her schools newest student, a robot named Fuzzy, she totally did not know what she was getting herself into. Max has been recruited to help Vanguard One Middle School’s new Robot Integration Program, by showing Fuzzy the ropes. Together they navigate hallways, eat lunch, attend class and all the usual middle school activities… including getting in trouble.

Little do Fuzzy and Max know but BARBARA, the school’s digital student evaluation system, has it out for them. The more Fuzzy learns, the more “human” he becomes and as he and Max become friends, Fuzzy realizes he has a more important mission then the robot integration program… Help Max.

Will Fuzzy and Max make it through sixth grade intact?

I really enjoyed this one. So much so, that I chose it as my November book for my 4th-6th grade STEM book club. This one was meant to be a little easier than our book last month. It was a quick read and I think one that you could pull morals and themes out of with it still being a lot of fun.

I think the kids will enjoy the futuristic aspects of the book and deciding just how much technology is a good/bad thing. Overall, this was a fun one that works perfectly with my STEM theme.

For this STEM club we have 10 discussion questions and then we are going to create our own paper circuits. We’ll see how it goes!

Discussion Questions:

1. What is this book about? What are the main themes?

2. Fuzzy uses “fuzzy logic,” what is fuzzy logic and why does this make Fuzzy a good robot?

3. Fuzzy begins to act more and more “human” each day. What are two examples of Fuzzy’s humanity?

4. Fuzzy takes place in a technologically advanced future. Computers and robots are used for everything. Are there pros and cons to this?

5. If you could pick one “thing” for a robot to do for you what would it be and why?

6. What would you do if your school assigned dTags and required Constant Upgrading like Max’s school? How would this hurt and/or help your education?

7. Page 173 – <Max> I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… Let’s cheat! – What do you think of Max’s decision to cheat? Was she right, wrong? Can you think of another way they could have handled this situation?

8. Page 224 – That’s like killing him. The Fuzzy we know will die. – How did you feel when you found out the government was going to delete Fuzzy’s memory? Do you agree that it is the same as killing him even though he is a robot? Why?

9. Why was Barbara a better candidate for the exploration of Mars than Fuzzy?

10. Do you think you would make friends with a robot? What qualities of a good friend might a robot have?

Creating Paper Circuits

Supplies: Card stock paper; Copper tape, ¼ inch wide and double-sided conductive; Scissors; 3V lithium button battery; 5mm LEDs; Clear tape

Instructions:

  • Take your button battery and one of your LEDs. Find the positive and negative side of both by sliding the button battery between the prongs of the LED. Did it light up? Try flipping the battery. Once it lights up you will have found your positive and negative connections. Remember, positive connects to a negative, negative to a positive
  • Fold your card stock in half so it looks like a card. Put it aside
  • Take your smaller square of paper and using the copper tape, follow the template, lay down your circuit.
  • When you get to your light spread the prongs apart and make sure they are fully covered by the copper tape. Remember your +/-. If you attach the wrong connections your LED won’t light up. Use clear tape if needed.
  • Continue running the tape on the other side of the light following the template. You need to make this as smooth as possible without ripping.
  • Attach your button battery negative side down. When you fold over the corner and touch the beginning end of the tape to the top of the battery your LED should light up.

* **Note** You may need to be careful taping the button battery. If you cover the battery completely the connection is harder to make. Try just taping the edges.

  • Did it light up? Check your connections, do you have them the right way? Are there any gaps in your copper tape?
  • Once you have your light working, lay it inside of your cardstock to see where the light will shine through. Make a mark on the front of the cardstock.
  • Create your card/picture/etc. Remember where the light shines through and draw your picture incorporating the light.
  • Put it all together and see what you get!

Observations:

-What observations can you make about your circuits? What worked and didn’t work? Why?

The Science:

-Electricity is a type of energy that can build up in one place or flow from one place to another. For an electric current to happen, there must be a circuit. A circuit is a complete path around which electricity can flow. It must include a source of electricity, such as a battery. Materials that allow electric current to pass through them easily, called conductors, can be used to link the positive and negative ends of a battery, creating a circuit.

-In an open or broken circuit, there is a break along the line, and the current stops. In a closed or complete circuit, electric current can flow. When electric current flows, it can be used by electrical appliances, such as light bulbs.

**Adult supervision required**

https://sciencekiddo.com/paper-circuit-cards/ https://www.dkfindout.com/us/science/electricity/circuits/

*Safety Note* Button batteries are very dangerous if they are swallowed. Please be sure that the children making paper circuit art are old enough not to put objects into their mouths. After the paper circuit cards are complete, please instruct the children not to leave them in a location where a younger brother or sister can get to them.

How’d it go:

Well, we had to reschedule this one because of snow, so we had a much smaller crowd then we usually do. But that’s OK because we could have used 5 of me to help instruct the activity! The paper circuits definitely needed more than my allotted 30 minutes. We had a few successfully make circuits but most of them didn’t get it on their first try but by the time we left, they seemed confident that they could actually do it from home. And because we had such a small group, I let them all take home enough supplies to do a second paper circuit.

In terms of the discussion, I was floored when the majority of my group told me that deleting Fuzzy’s memory was NOT the same as killing him. We had a lot of discussion about this, which was neat.

Overall, I think it went well. Hopefully, no snow will get in the way of December!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Baby Storytime: Thanksgiving

Hi Guys, for this baby storytime, I went with all things turkey related. You know, to get us ready for turkey day! Here’s what we did:

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.
Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.

  • ASL – The More We Get Togetheruntitled
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Song – Roll Your Hands by Toddler Parade
    • This is a great one for babies!
  • Board Book – Llama, Llama Give Thanks by Anne Dewdney
    • I like to pass out books to promote one-on-one reading. And this was a nice familiar one for us to read together.
  • Magnet Board – 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston51SoE4Q4RsL._SX455_BO1,204,203,200_
    • I printed out 10 random turkey and we counted them off on the magnet board as I read Johnston’s book.
  • Dance – The Turkey Hokey Pokey

You put your wings in, You put your wings out.
You put your wings in and you shake them all about
You do the turkey pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about
Also: …drumsticks (legs), tail feathers (bottom), stuffing (tummy),wattle (head), whole turkey self

  • Rhyme – I’m a Little Turkey

I’m a little turkey, my name is Ted.
Here are my feathers, here is my head.

Gobble, gobble, gobble, Is what I say,
Quick! Run! It’s Thanksgiving Day!

  • Book/Puppets – Thank You Bear by Greg Foleyuntitled1
    • This is such a cute story, made even cuter when you use puppets to tell the story!
  • Lift – Going Up and Down in an Elevator

Going up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. Up and down in an elevator. 1st floor. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. DOWN!

  • Bounce – Wobble, Wobble, Wobble

Wobble, wobble, wobble walks the turkey (rock back and forth)

Gobble, gobble, gobble talks the turkey (talking motion with hands)

Turkeys spread their feathers on Thanksgiving Day (spread your arms)

Turkeys spread the feathers and they fly away! (flap your arms & scarf)

  • Song/Shakers – Put on my dancing shoes by Kathy Reid-Naiman
    • Just an upbeat song to shake to.
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This one went really smoothly. I had just the right amount of fun “stuff” to do and we had a really good crowd. *Note-I can’t for the life of me remember when I got my turkey rhymes from. If they are yours let me know and I will link*

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Ocean

Hi Guys, this week I decided to go with an ocean themed family storytime. Here’s what we did:

  • Wake Up Song – Top of the Morning
    • I really need to find a replacement for this one soon, but I just love how simple it is and it’s a good stretch before jumping into storytime.
  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Movement Rhyme – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
    • We do this one 3x. Faster and faster each time. No sleepy heads in my storytime!612bjxrxw6jl-_sx497_bo1204203200_
  • ASL – OCEAN / FISH / SWIM / BOAT
    • I always teach my group three new signs in American Sign Language that have to do with my theme. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Book – The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah DiesenThis one is a little long for my liking but I love it and I think we can have a lot of fun with it too!
  • Movement exercise – Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
    • Put baby on your lap and sway back and forth with the music. Or just sway with the older kids.

Have you ever seen a sailboat, a sailboard, a sailboat

Have you ever seen a sailboat waving its sails.

Wave this way, and that way. 

This way and that way. 

Have you every seen a sailboat, waving it’s sails!

  • Song w/ Movements – Baby Shark
    • A song that drives everyone crazy! Well I found some hand movements that go with the song, so of course we are going to do them! Baby shark is thumb and forefinger, Mommy shark is whole hand–like a chomping motion, Daddy shark is both arms, Grandma shark is closed fists chomping in small motions, and Grandpa shark is closed fists big chomping motions.
  • Flannel – Five Little Fishes

5 little fishes swimming in the sea

First one said, “Come swim with me!”

Second one said, “This sea is deep”

Third one said, “I want to sleep”

Fourth one said, “Let’s dive and float”

Fifth one said, “I see a boat!”

The fishing boat comes

The line goes splash And away those 5 little fishes dash!

  • Book – Fish Has a Wish by Michael GarlanThis is just a nice, easy reader all about a fish who ultimately learns that he is happy just being who he is.
  • Rhyme – The Wave in the Sea

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The waves on the sea go up and down, [Raise 

and lower arms.]

Up and down, up and down, The waves on the sea go up and down All day long.

The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap.. [Clap your hands.]

The fish in the sea go swish swish swish.. [Swish back and forth.]

The boats in the sea go toot toot toot… [Make blowing horn motion.]

  • Song/Shakers – Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid
    • I love to sneak in a little Disney when I can!
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This one went really well! I was great on time and everyone seemed to really love the books about fish. I loooove that pout pout fish!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Minute To Win-It!

Hi Guys,

Today was an early release day for our local schools. For the most part, whenever our schools get out early or have a day off, we like to do a no school activity for them. It could be a Lego play, a movie or some other hour long craft or activity.

For this early release day, I decided to create five mini Minute to Win-It stations. What is Minute to Win-It you ask? Literally none of my colleague knew what this was so let me tell you….

Minute to Win-It was a TV show that was eventually adapted as board and card games. Basically, you and your family or friends would compete in mini 1 minute challenges or a who can do something first type challenge. One you guys might be familiar with is–who can get the cookie from their forehead into their mouth first, just using their facial muscles.

Anyyyyway…. if you don’t know it look it up.

So for my program, I created five Minute to Win-It stations.

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These were really easy stations that I was able to create using random supplies we had in our supply closet.

Each station has it’s own timer and were basically self led. You could do them in whatever order you want and as many times as you wanted. I also put out some Duplo blocks for any younger siblings that showed up.

We didn’t have a large crowd but those who did come seemed to enjoy challenging each other. Even the grow-ups participated and challenged their kids.

Something different any easy to put together.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Five Little Fishes

Hi Guys,

A very easy flannel to go with my upcoming ocean themed storytime. At first, I was going with realistic fish and then I just had fun with the colors and the look of the fish.

Five Little Fishes:

5 little fishes swimming in the sea.

First one said, “Come swim with me!”

Second one said, “This sea is deep.”

Third one said, “I want to sleep.”

Fourth one said, “Let’s dive and float.”

Fifth one said, “I see a boat!”

The fishing boat comes.

The line goes splash.

And away those 5 little fishes dash.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 11/5/18

Hi guys, here is what we did in baby storytime this week:

  • Movement Rhyme – Wake Up…
    • This is a fun stretch to get our bodies moving before storytime. And it is great for babies because it helps us identify our body parts. I got the lyrics from Jbrary but I’ve seen this one around before.

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.

(Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.)

  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • 515khtb5udl-_sx258_bo1204203200_We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Song – Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • This is a fun movement song with easy follow along movements for the kids.
  • Board Book – Hello Lamb by Jane CabreraThis is a new board book all about saying hello.
  • Finger Play – The Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • You know this classic rhyme and it is so fun to see how much the kids improve every time we do!20170315_081042
  • Movement Song – Baby SharkI saw someone do hand movements to this song the other day, so I thought I’d give it a try.
  • Flannel/Prop – Five Little Kernels
    • An easy flannel all about popping popcorn.
  • Book – A Band of Babies by Carole Gerber
    • This one has a nice rhyme and is all about a baby band, which I love!
  • Lift – Tick Tock, Tick Tock
    • This is a fun lapsit rhyme with a lift at the end as we “cuckoo!”

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two and three o’clock.

  • Bounce – Trot Trot to Boston51tff9jm-rl-_sy498_bo1204203200_
    • Obviously a day for classics!
  • Song/Shakers – Mr. Sun by Raffi
    • Gotta shake!
  • Song/Bubbles – I took a bath in a washing machine by Jim Gill
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This one went really well. We were right on time and I didn’t have to cut anything. My story, though cute, was a little long for my antsy little ones but fun all the same.

That’s all for now!

-M-