Author Study

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Grace Lin is coming to visit my school next Monday!  Very exciting!  In preparation for her visit, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders have been doing an author study.  We have read many of Grace Lin’s books, such as Lissy’s Friends, Dim Sum for Everyone, Olvina Swims.We have been documenting our learning on a collaborative poster:  After we read books, I asked students what characters we met or if they noticed anything we should add to the poster.  I wrote their ideas on sticky notes and added them to the poster.  Students could add anything they wanted to the poster on their own – questions, comments, characters, drawings, origami, facts we learned.  I think the kids did a great job!  Here … Continued

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Order in the Library

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**Update: the bad news is Order in the Library was taken offline in 2012 but the good news is Mr. Lodge made Shelve-it, a game to practice shelving books.Do you use Order in the Library in your library?  Order in the Library is an online library game provided by the University of Texas.  Students can practice sorting, shelving, and reordering books using the Dewey Decimal System. I often have Order in the Library as a center.  My students love to choose a character, play, and try to get to the next level.  It’s great because they are practicing putting books in order.   They have fun and I know they’re practicing “shelving” –  win-win! game choices example of the shelving game

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Truffula Trees!

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For the past few weeks, I have been planning Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash for my school.  We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a week of reading celebrations.  To add to the fun, I wanted to incorporate some Dr. Seuss-themed decorations into my library space.  I’ve seen many cute truffula tree projects on Pinterest so I decided to give truffula trees a whirl. Here is what I came up with:  I’m thrilled with how they came out!  I may have developed a truffula tree addiction and want to spend all day tomorrow making more trees. I initially thought I would use paper towel rolls to make small truffula trees.  Then I thought big trees would be more fun.  The … Continued

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Library Trivia Jenga Center

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Who doesn’t love a good game of Jenga?  I saw a few Jenga games on Pinterest – math questions and other school-related trivia.  I thought, why not library trivia?  Luckily, I found a Jenga game at the thrift store for $3! I am also part of an assessment team developing a questionnaire to assess student learning in the library.  There were so many questions ideas from our assessment I was able to tweak for my Library Jenga.  It also helped me gear the questions to what students should be taking away from library class. The best part about Library Trivia Jenga is that students are having a blast playing while reviewing important library terms and ideas. For my Library Trivia … Continued

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The Dot

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I love the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  At my school, I have both the book and the ebook through Tumblebooks.  I saw few projects on Pinterest which I combined for a second grade Dot project.  One Pinterest picture I saw was a really cute bulletin board of student-made dots, originally from Framed in Swirly Gold.   Then I saw these instructions for window treatments.  I thought it would be fun to combine the two ideas and hang dots all over my library.   I cut out 4×4 squares of computer paper for the Dot drawings.  Then I cut 6×6 squares from construction paper for “frames”.  As students finished their dots, they would pick a frame color.  We taped … Continued

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Wondrous Words

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Who knew an online dictionary could be so much fun???  My students love using Word Central when we do dictionary and thesaurus work.  Word Central is an easy to use website by Merriam-Webster.  In addition to a dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary, there are many other fun things for students to do.  There is a Build Your Own Dictionary to add made up words.  My favorite is bookster – a person who really likes to read books.  There are also some fun spelling games the kids go nuts over.   I have seen paint chips being used all over Pinterest and thought there has to be a great way to use them with Word Central.  As a fun way to practice using … Continued

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Exit Tickets

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I saw Cari at The Centered School Library has been talking about assessment recently.  I often use exit tickets to assess student learning.   I have found them to be a very helpful way to check whether students understood a concept or main idea I was trying to get across during my lesson.  I have also been able to see where I went wrong or if I need to clarify anything in my next lesson. I have tried a few different ways of giving exit tickets.   I have used slips of paper:  I also recently started using sticky notes.  I leave out a sign with the question and a few pads of sticky notes.  I have two places students … Continued

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