Today, February 16, is Chinese New Year! Happy Year of the Dog! This week my second grade classes have been learning a little more about Chinese New Year and the customs that go along with this celebration. My book for the week has been The Runaway Rice Cake written by Ying Chang Compestine. The kids figure out quickly that this story is very similar to the story of the Gingerbread Man. Only here, instead of the Gingerbread Man running away, the Chang family is chasing a runaway rice cake they were planning to eat for the new year's celebration. After enjoying the story we have talked about the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. Many students have shared their experiences of visiting Chinese restaurants and looking for their birth year on the placemats on the tables. I have shown the students a much larger version of this on my SMART board. Together, we located their birth year, discovered their zodiac animal, and read about the characteristics of their personality. Most of the students have either been oxen or tigers. No matter their animal, they have enjoyed this discovery. So, in the Chinese zodiac, what animal are you?
About me . . .
Formerly a classroom teacher. Currently a School Library Media Coordinator. I loved being in the classroom, but now that I am in the library I can't imagine doing anything else! The library is my favorite place to be. From my rocking chair to my ABC rug to the smiling student faces checking out books, the library just can't be beat!
Learning in the Library
I have a fixed schedule in my library which means I get to see all the students in my library classes each week. This blog highlights some of the things we are learning and some of the great things going on in our library!