Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

West African Tale

  1. Have students read Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aaardema.
  2. Have your students create a story map about the book, including all of the different creatures involved in the story.
  3. As a center group, have students brainstorm characteristics of the story: They should notice the repetition.

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Letter of Apology
Distances Traveled
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To Float or Not To Float
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Irish Stained Glass Scene
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Situational Conversations
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Round vs. Flat
Animal Alphabetizing
Shapes and Angles
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Spin-and-Spell
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