Library

Weekly Library Lessons and activities! Please check this webpage every week (on your regularly scheduled library day) for your library lesson. Please choose either K-2 or 3-5 depending on your grade level. If you need to communicate with me, please send me an email bechapman@k12.wv.us.
Grades 3-5
Figurative Language:
An author uses figurative language to make his or her writing more interesting. It helps us (the readers) imagine what they are saying by helping us to see pictures in our minds and make connections that we may not have been able to without the use of figurative language. This week, we will focus on two types of figurative language: Similes and Metaphors.
Both types compare two or more things. However, a simile uses the words "like" or "as" to help compare them. Example: The moon shone like a bright diamond in the sky OR The moon shone as bright as a diamond in the sky. The moon and a diamond are being compared and the author is using the word "like" or "as" to make the comparison.
Authors can also use metaphors. Again, they still compare two or more things, but they do not use the words "like" or "as" because a metaphor says that something IS something. Example, The moon is a bright diamond in the sky. The moon and a diamond are still the two things being compared, but in this case, the author says the moon actually is a diamond!
Please listen/watch the link below to Owl Moon. It is a Caldecott winner (best picture book) and has lots of similes and metaphors in it. 
Your mission: Listen to the book and whenever you hear a simile or metaphor, pause the video and tell someone at home what two things are being compared. Remember to listen for the words "like" or "as" to help you decide if it's a simile or metaphor. 
If you have any questions or comments, send me an email: bechapman@k12.wv.us.
Grades K-2
In the library, we have touched on character's thoughts, actions, and feelings. For our book this week, we will consider the character, Harry. After you watch/listen to the book, Harry the Dirty Dog, I want you to discuss with someone at home the following things:
1) In the story, what do you think Harry is thinking? (Remember lots of times, in the book, they don't specifically tell us what the character is thinking. We have to take what we've read with what we already know and imagine what he or she is thinking).
2) What are some things Harry is physically doing in the story?
3) How do you think Harry is feeling? (Remember, his feelings can change throughout the story).
I hope you enjoy the story!

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