Exploring Hawaii With Junie B. Jones

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Junie B. Jones Aloh Ha Ha
Book Title: Junie B. Jones Aloh Ha Ha / Clam I AM
Author: Barbara Parks / Tish Rabe

Summary: Junie B. Jones travels to Hawaii.
Grade Level Focus:
Grade 2
1. Students will be able to identify Hawaii on a map.
2. Students will know the capital of Hawaii is Honolulu
3. Students will be able to identify various sea creatures indigenous to Hawaii
4. They will also have a basic understanding that the islands were formed by volcanoes.
5. Students will recognize such animals as sea stars, muscles, clams, sea weed, horseshoe crab, and coral.
6. Students will create a lei and understand its significance.
7. Students will complete a virtual field trip of the islands and the various habitats.

1.1 Learning to read independently: word recognition skills, purpose for reading, comprehension and interpretation
1.2 Reading critically in all content areas: detail, inferences, fact from opinion, comparison, analysis and evaluation
1.6 Speaking and listening: Listening skills, Discussion.
1.8 Researches: Selection, Location of information, Organization.


3.3 A: Know the similarities and differences of living things.
Know that some organisms have similar external characteristics and that
Similarities and differences are related to environmental habitat.
3.3 B: Know that living things are made u of part that has specific functions

Materials needed:

• Computers
• Sugar sea stars and small shells to give out.
• Paper flowers (die cut)
• String
• Pancake mix
• Seaweed
• Camera
• Rainbows of paradise DVD
• coconut
• Pineapple
• Sea shells, sea stars and various ocean examples for students to touch and hold.
• Pencils
• Journals
• Ukelali muic
• Cd player
Class One

1. Students return their books as they come into class.
2. Explain that students will travel with Junie on a trip to Hawaii.
3. Where is Hawaii? Does anyone know what the capital of Hawaii is? Honolulu
a. Move to the map on the wall. Show students where PA is. Then Where Hawaii is. Show students that every inch on the map is 621 miles. Use a ruler to figure out about how many miles it is from PA to Hawaii.
b. It takes 18 hours to fly there.
c. Ask students if they know what is special about Hawaii? Hawaii is the only state in the USA that is in Island.
d. It is actually 7 main islands.
e. Open the book the ABC’S of Hawaii and show them the inside cover. Point out each island.
f. Read the remainder of the book to the class. Ask questions about what students know about each letter/word as it relates to Hawaii. Examples:
i. A is for Aloha- What does that mean?
1. Hello and good bye.
ii. P-pineapple. How do pineapples grow? Has anyone ever had pineapple? (if no allergies have canned pineapple or fresh ready for students to try)
iii. T- tutu. What are some other words that mean grandmother? I call my grandmother Nana.
iv. Take Photo Journal Picture.
Class 2:
4. Play cd of Hawaiian music as students are entering.
5. Aloha!- What did that mean?- Read book ALOHA IS. …
6. Today we will learn a new word. Mahalo. Mahalo means THANK YOU.
7. Read the first 3 chapters of Junie B. Jones Aloh Ha ha
a. Junie B. is so excited to share her news that it is getting her in hot water with Mr.
b. Scary. Have you ever been so excited you couldn’t sit still? When? How can you be thrilled without making your teacher upset?
c. Junie B. kisses Ollie good-bye and pretends like she is going to miss him. Then she says, “Nice fibs are okay to say, I think. Only I’m not sure of the entire ruling on that.” Do you agree with Junie B.? Is it okay to fib if you are saying something nice? Why or why not?

Class 3 (prior-check with nurse for allergies)

1. Start by greeting the students when they come in Aloha. When they are seated thank them. Mahalo.
2. Read Chapter 4
3. Junie B. learns that aloha means both “hello” and “goodbye” in the Hawaiian language. She also learns these other common words from Hawaii:
a. Mahalo (ma-ha-lo) means “thank you”
b. Ohana (o-ha-na) means “family”
c. Wahine (wa-hee-nay) means “woman”
d. Mano means “shark”
e. Keiki (kay-ee-kee) means both “baby” and “child”
4. Students will create a Lei, just like Junie B. had on her trip
a. Have students choose several paper flowers and string them together to create a paper lei.
i. Take Photo Journal picture of students with Lei’s

b. As students are making their lei explain that they will get a surprise. Students will try pineapple and coconut.
i. Try each one.
ii. Then try them together.
iii. Go to the white board and put a tally in the column if you liked : Pineapple more, Coconut more, or both together.
Class 4-5
1. Start by greeting the students when they come in Aloha. When they are seated thank them. Mahalo.
2. Begin by reading Chapter 5-6 Todays word is Ono. Ono means delicious!
3. EXTENSION- Explain that like Junie B. We are going to have pineapple pancakes. As students watch cook the pancakes while playing the Vocabulary Game.
a. Vocab game: Each table will have a set of cards with vocabulary and definitions for Hawaii.
b. Students will match the definition with the card.
4. Have each table measure out the water and the pancake batter and mix in the pineapple chunks. Take photo Journal Picture.

1. Students will get books and check out. (5m) (to save time students can get their books off of the cart by the black printer (these are books needing to be shelved.) k-2 students may only get books from the Easy section of the library.

2. Finish reading Junie B. Jones Aloh Ha Ha.
1. Pop in the DVD Rainbows of Paradise.
i. Have students Hula to the music.
ii. Take Photo Journal Picture of students Dancing the Hula
iii. Read Humu the little fish who wished away his colors and create a humu book mark.

(side note- other books common to the islands for read aloud- Too Many Mangos by Paikai, about sharing. Or Mongoose, Mongoose, stop don’t run by Costello; about island life)

Class 5-7

1. Tell students that like Junie B. we are going to go to the beach.
2. Have the beach power point open and ready. As we go through the book move through the ppt.
3. Read Clam I Am by Tish Rabe
4. Discuss the various sea creatures in the book.
5. When you get to the part about sea stars hand out the sugar stars for the students to take home.
6. Pass around the large sea star and the various shells, sea glass and other found items.
7. Have student try seaweed, like in the book. Explain that seaweed is an edible sea plant.
8. Before reading the Ask a fish section of the book ask students to answer the questions posed to the fish.
a. Is the ocean blue?
b. How do the waves form?
c. Why is the ocean salty?
9. Allow students to spend some time looking at the found beach objects and asking questions.
10. Have the clam I AM PowerPoint running in the background.
a. If time have students Identify what they can from the book
11. Explain that students will be going on a virtual field trip and filling out Journals just like Junie B.

12. www.zunal.com is the link for the website


1. Teacher Observation
2. Completed journals
3. Completed Craft Projects

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