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On November 7, Henry Cole joined Patton students to talk about A Nest for Celeste, his many other books, his writing process and illustrate for us too! Mr. Cole was the most energetic, friendly, fun and enjoyable author we have ever hosted! Thank you Mr. Cole!
Classes found Celeste all over the school looking for a good home. Finally she is safe, happy and protected in a display cabinet in the LMC where all students visit!
As our families finished A Nest for Celeste at home, in school students worked on many "Celeste" related activities and lessons. We hope everyone enjoyed the journey with Celeste and all the connected learning fun that went with the book. Here are some examples:
Kindergarten learned about real mouse nests, completed a Nearpod all about author Henry Cole and practiced drawing a mouse. First grader's made "A Nest for Celeste" collages using Pic Kids on the iPads by choosing important animal characters and examples of the setting of the story.
First and second graders studied the habitat and diet of real mice in Pebble Go and compared it to Celeste.
Then second grader's made themselves small in a big world, to imagine what it looks and feels like to be Celeste, using Pic Kids and Seesaw to explain how they would feel. Here are some examples:
Several 1st and 2nd grade classes also built homes for Celeste or Lafayette after brainstorming what kind of home would be safe and appropriate for those characters and how to stop the cat from getting in!
Kindergarten, first and second graders used the Beebot to "code" Celeste past the cat, to Joseph's pocket and fly over the river with Lafayette!
Some third and fourth graders studied the real story of the passenger pigeon to find out how they became extinct, what that experience taught scientists and how we could help threatened animals in Illinois. Students then chose one of these endangered or threatened animals and created a motivational poster explainin its natural habitat, why it is endangered and what we can do to help. Other fourth graders chose to examine examples of inter-species animal friendships like Celeste and Lafayette to find out if this kind of friendship is possible and why scientists think it happens. Fourth grader's also learned about Audubon's life and work in a Nearpod. Third grader's used authentic looking stuffed birds made by the Audubon society to create a nature journal, studying and recording the colors, size, shape and call of the robin, black capped chickadee, woodpecker and blue jay.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.