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Story time with Ms. Kildee

Updated: Jun 24, 2020


The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

I'll be sharing a few of my favourite picture books over these last few days of school. If you think you're too old to listen to a picture book...YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO ENJOY A PICTURE BOOK!!! Hope you enjoy it.

The Snail and the Whale:



Mog and the Baby by Judith Kerr

Here's a story about a misunderstood cat! It's part of a series of books about Mog the cat and they're all really enjoyable. Check them out if you're in the library soon.

Mog and the Baby:



Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

Well...we've reached the end of the school year! I hope you all have a fantastic summer and I can't wait to see you all at the end of August when we return to school.

Thank you so much for watching Story Time. I have really enjoyed making these little videos and it helped me feel better and connected with school during the school closure. The final book I've chosen is one of my favourites because it reminds me of what's really important--to be myself and to love myself! I hope you can always feel that way, but if you need a reminder this book is just what you need.

Be Who You Are:



BFG by Roald Dahl



I'm so delighted that so many children voted in this survey! It was close...but there was one book that came out on top. Enjoy!


We're off to an exciting start in this story. We've met our main character, a girl called Sophie. The story started with a frightening encounter between Sophie and a human who is as tall as a building. Find out what happens next!

Here's Part 2:



Did the giant eat Sophie? Let's find out.

Here's Part 3:



Sophie has learned that the BFG doesn't want to eat her up...but what are the rest of the giants in Giant Country like?

Here's Part 4:



Are you ready for the next chapter of the BFG? I chose a very special place to record today's chapter.

Here's Part 5:



The BFG has a wonderful way of talking! It's something he feels is embarrassing, but Sophie really likes it. Some of his words are silly, but the way he uses them lets us understand exactly what he means!

Here's Part 6:



Sophie has a close call with one of the other giants, and he's even more terrible than the BFG had warned!

Here's Part 7:



This chapter was full of tongue twisters! I made a few mistakes, but I'm sure you'll understand!

Here's Part 8:



Sophie and the BFG are headed somewhere, but first the other giants decided to play a game with them.

Here's Part 9:



In this chapter we get to see how the BFG catches dreams. He finds two very different dreams while he and Sophie are in Dream Country. What's the best dream you've ever had? What about the worst nightmare?

Here's Part 10:



In this chapter the BFG plays a trick on Fleshlumpeater, the nastiest giant in Giant Country.

Here's Part 11:



Find out more about dreams in this chapter.

Here's Part 12:



Sophie gets to look up close at some dreams in this chapter! There are some strange ones!

Here's part 13:



Here's MORE dreams from the BFG's collection!

Here's Part 14:



I'm late posting today's story...technical difficulties!!!

Here's Part 15:



The BFG is mixing up the dream Sophie has planned for the Queen of England!

Here's Part 16:



In this chapter the BFG and Sophie travel from Giant Country to England...and see something horrible along the way.

Here's part 17:



In this chapter the BFG and Sophie reach the home of the Queen of England, Buckingham Palace.

Here's what it looks like:

With so many windows, will they be able to find the Queen's bedroom?

Here's Part 18:



Well, the BFG and Sophie found the Queen of England's bedroom window...but what will happen next?!

Here's Part 19:



How will the Queen react to meeting the BFG?!? Let's find out!

Here's Part 20:



What is a royal breakfast like? Find out in this chapter!!

Here's Part 21:



How many fried eggs can a giant eat for breakfast? Do giants like coffee? Do giants have good table manners? Find out this and more in the next chapter.

Here's Part 22:



The BFG's interesting way of talking really got the best of me in this chapter! It's not always easy to read the words he says! But let's find out about the plan he has come up with to rid the world of giants that eat human beans.

Here's Part 23:



Are you ready to hear about how the giants were captured?!?!? Make yourself comfortable, this chapter is a little bit longer than usual...and very exciting!

Here's Part 24:



Well, we're nearly at the end of this story. Today I'm reading the penultimate chapter. Penultimate means the second to the last. So tomorrow will be our last chapter of this novel. We you wondering what the Queen and the BFG planned to do with the giants after they were captured? Take a minute before you listen to today's chapter to think about it...what ideas do you have? Then listen and find out what exactly they're going to do with the nine beastly giants.

Here's Part 25:



All good things must come to an end, and today this book will come to an end. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Here's Part 26: The End


NOTE: We still have a few more days of school, so tune in next week for an

Extra Special Edition of Story Time with Ms. Kildee!




We start a new book today! I hope you enjoy it...it's one of my favourites.

Here's Chapter 1:



What do you think of Charlotte's Web so far? What characters have we met? What is the setting of the story?

Here's Chapter 2:



Are you enjoying the book so far? I hope so. This chapter begins with a wonderful description of the Zuckerman's barn. A fun activity would be for you to draw the barn based on this description-when you listened to the story, how did you picture the barn in your head? Another choice would be to try writing a description of your own home-the look, the smell, the sounds.

Here's Chapter 3:



In this chapter Wilbur is feeling lonely and disappointed because all the plans he made to do fun things have to be cancelled, and he must stay inside. I think we can all relate to that!! However, there‘s an exciting turn of events at the end of Chapter 4!

Here’s Chapter 4:



Wilbur has a new friend...and she’s not what he expected! He’s excited to meet her...but some of her ways are so different from his own that he finds it frightening. The author, E.B. White, explains it this way:

“Wilbur was merely suffering the doubts and fears that often go with finding a new friend.”

Have you ever felt that way when you met a new friend?

Here’s Chapter 5:



Welcome back! Are you ready for Chapter 6 of Charlotte's Web? Summer has arrived at the Zuckerman farm and there has been an exciting new arrival to the barn!

Here's Chapter 6:


Visit this website to hear the different bird calls from birds we have living here in Ireland! You could try to copy their sounds with your own voice, or you could sketch these lovely birds. I'd love to see any sketches you do, or a recording of your bird calls. Send them to me at cmsscreative@gmail.com.



Today we have Chapters 7 and 8, since they're both short chapters. Wilbur gets some shocking news and Fern has her mother very worried about her!

Here are Chapters 7 and 8:


So...do YOU think animals can talk? I'd love to see some animal drawings with speech bubbles showing what animals would be saying if we could understand them.

This cartoon reminded me of how much the seagulls love our school lunches!


Chapter 9 is here...and Wilbur tries something new. It doesn't quite go as planned, though. Has that ever happened to you?

Here's Chapter 9:


Now things are getting interesting because we're really learning about spiders. Some people feel afraid of spiders but I happen to love them. They're very interesting creatures!

After listening to Chapter 9, can you name the parts of a spider's leg? If you can, write it down, or make a diagram (a picture with each of the parts labelled) and send it to me.

There is a lot of information about spiders on the internet and this would be a wonderful topic for a project. A good project usually has these parts to it:

  • 5-8 interesting facts

  • A drawing

  • A map or a diagram

Working from home is a great opportunity to research and complete a project. You can use regular paper to design the project, poster board if you have that at home, or, if you're really into technology, you could make a project using Powerpoint.

Here's one useful website to get you started:


Want to see the biggest spider you could ever imagine?


Send your completed Spider Projects to me via email! I can't wait to see what you come up with!


Chapter 10 has a very exciting title--An Explosion! Let's think about making predictions today. What might this title mean? What might happen?

Here's Chapter 10:


Charlotte has an idea to save Wilbur, and she's starting to put it into action. Can you make a prediction about what the plan might be?


We are finally able to see Charlotte's plan to save Wilbur's life in action...and it certainly does the trick!