Reader’s Chair


Each Wednesday one student has the opportunity to share a book of his/her choice with the class. This week, Danni had the opportunity to share one of her favorite books.

Students are given one week to choose a “just right book” to share. Students are expected to practice reading their book aloud to family and friends at home. Students present the book to their class, reading the book aloud, engaging the audience by making eye contact, showing illustrations and asking questions to check for their understanding.

Danni chose a classic Fable book to share with the class. Danni was well prepared. She read her book with confidence obviously having practiced reading at home. She made notes for herself to stop at certain points to ask her audience questions to check for understanding.

Earlier this year, Grade 2 students studied about Fables. Danni reminded us that no one really knows who wrote the original Hare and Tortoise tale. BUT thanks to people like Aesop who collected and wrote down these ancient tales, we can enjoy reading and retelling these wonderful stories again and again.

This Week’s IST Grade 2 Reading Recommendation:

The Hare and The Tortoise
Retold by Carol Jones, Aesop
Illustrated by Carol Jones

Interest Level: K – 2
Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Lexile® measure: 620L
DRA: 38
Guided Reading: O

Other versions of The Hare and The Tortoise:

There are many online versions of this classic tale. Here is a short illustrated version from

Here is a fantastic clip, Sesame Street News Flash – The Tortoise & The Hare Rematch. Sesame Street retold the classic tale and added some new details to make it even more fun to listen and watch.


A Visit With John Kilaka


Karibu Mr. Kilaka!

John Kilaka is a well known author, story teller and artist from Tanzania. Thanks to our librarian Ms. Toms, Mr. Kilaka will be visiting with classes this week during library time to share his passion for Tinga-Tinga art and story telling. He is recognized globally for his work, most recently celebrated on the animated BBC CBeebies Tinga-Tinga Tales.

Here is the short introduction clip from Tinga-Tinga Tales:

Dear Mr. Kilaka,

Thank you for coming to IST to share your book, True Friends: A Tale from Tanzania and Tinga-Tinga Stories with us.

From the book True Friends: A Tale from Tanzania

Only Rat knows how to make fire, and he generously provides it to all the other animals. When his best friend, Elephant, suggests that Rat store his food in Elephant’s solid house, Rat agrees. But when the drought comes, Elephant refuses to share the stored food. “You are tiny, and you don’t need much, ” he says. “So go away.” When the other animals return to fetch their fire, Rat is gone and Elephant is worried. What will his betrayed friend do?” from

Jodie said, “I really like the book about True Friends. I liked the part where they were all friends again.”

Said said, “I also liked the True Friends book. I liked the part where the characters steal all the food from each other. We all loved getting autographs from you!”

We all appreciate you spending time with us at IST, telling us stories, showing us your movies and drawing beautiful pictures for us.

We hope you come back and visit us again soon.

IST Grade 2
Kung Fu
Praying Mantids

Here we are making our best Tinga-Tinga character pose with Mr. Kilaka.

Learning Links:

Learn more about Mr. Kilaka, his books, stories and his art work.

Learn more about Edward S. Tingatinga – the person credited for creating the popular “Tinga-Tinga” style painting.

View some beautiful Tinga-Tinga style paintings from local artists in Tanzania.

Thanks for the Party!


Dear Parents (aka moms and dads),

Thank you for giving us a nice party on Wednesday. We got to eat lots of yummy food. Thank you for taking time from your work to come to our class and watch us present our fables. We really liked reading and performing our fables for you. We also want to say thank you for the nice prizes you bought us.

We had a lot of fun presenting our fables and spending time with you. We enjoyed eating all the yummy food too.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

You can view all of our Fable Presentation pictures on the IST Grade 2 Flickr site.

The Grade 2 Kung Fu Praying Mantids