## Airplanes are Everywhere This Week!

I am SO EXCITED about library this week because we’re all playing with airplanes!

My Friend Rabbit is the book I’m reading to my preschool and MD hall friends.  It’s about two buddies, mouse and rabbit, who manage to get their toy airplane stuck in a tree.  Luckily for them, rabbit always has a plan so he enlists the help of some other buddies to try to get the plane down.  While we read, my Linda Nolen friends and I will be creating our own tree and identifying common animals as we stack them up to get to our own paper airplane.  Our craft this week is to make a paper airplane that the kids can take home.

This week, my S.T.E.A.M. lab friends are also making paper airplanes.  I’m challenging my buddies to create airplanes that will travel the farthest distance.  With the help of the kind internet, we will determine which planes travel the farthest.  Do I need a fancy paper airplane or will a simple one work just as well?  Using teamwork, the kids are going to build three different airplanes with different levels of detail.  Then, we’re going to launch our planes and measure how far they will travel.  Each group will have a data sheet where they get to graph the distance.  When we’re done, we should be able to analyze our data to see which planes travel the longest distance.

P is for planes and perseverance.  My STAR hall kiddos are listening to the story, Rosie Revere, Engineer.  This is an awesome story about a little girl named Rosie who likes to make gadgets.  Unfortunately, one day, her favorite uncle teases her about an invention and Rosie is so embarrassed that she decides to give up building completely.  Thankfully, Rosie’s  favorite great aunt comes to visit and convinces her to build a helicopter.  Rosie’s first attempt fails but with the help of her aunt, Rosie learns to persevere in spite of obstacles.  The STAR hall kiddos are also being introduced to online dictionaries as tools for defining unfamiliar words and each class is getting the chance to define the word persevere.