Why do YOU like reading?

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I posed this question to my 2nd and 3rd graders today.  I can’t wait to make a display of all their wonderful answers!  Here is my favorite: (because there are fun adventures that make your brain happy).  Did that make everyone else happy in their teacher hearts??? My other favorite was one of Michelle’s 2nd graders who said reading is important “because it gives you knowledge and knowledge is power”.  I should have taken a pic of his very creative spelling of knowledge

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash, Part 2

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Here are some of the things I did during library classes to celebrate our Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: I made a bulletin board to showcase students’ work from the week:  At the Dr. Seuss Facts Center, students researched facts about Dr. Seuss and wrote them on the clouds:  They also wrote favorite books on the Truffula trees and drew their favorite characters to add to the bulletin board.I set up a Wacky Words Center so they could create their own words like Dr. Seuss often did:   Here are two of my favorite wacky words: Fifth graders were responsible for creating advertisements for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash and did a fantastic job:  I used some of my regular centers during the week … Continued

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Dr Seuss’s Birthday Bash, Part 1

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Like I said before, Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash made for a very busy week!  But it was also so much fun!  Here are a few fun activities we did as a school.  I’ll be back later this week to talk about a few library centers and activities I did with the kids to celebrate. Reading Hats: students and staff were each given a Dr Seuss hat to “fill” with books they read during week.  The teachers displayed them in many cute ways in the classroom and out in the halls. Red, White, and Black Day:  students and staff dressed in black, white, and red, along with Dr. Seuss style hats.  The kinders made paper hats – so cute!  At least one class … Continued

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Whew

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I was SO BUSY last week with Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash that I have been terrible about blogging.  So sorry!  We celebrated this past week even though it was after Dr. Seuss’s real birthday.  The week of his birthday was right after our winter vacation.  I thought it would be hard to prepare for the week and get everyone fully on board if they had to jump into our week of activities following vacation (no one is jazzed about coming back that first day!).  It worked out great for our school and I think it was a pretty successful first run!Here is my friend and 2nd grade teacher, Michelle, celebrating in my reading photo booth:  Michelle (in pink) is a … 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.I’ve been doing a little research into what happened to Order in the Library.  I’m SO sad it appears to not be online anymore.  It was such a great way to introduce library organization and have students practice shelving.  They loved my Order in the Library center!  I found a few people are able to continue using it through the Internet Archive Wayback Machine which archives websites.  The link I found that works (for now!) is this one.  I have also seen some talk about the disappearance on list serves such as LM_Net but … Continued

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Truffula Trees Part 2

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I have had a crazy week getting ready for our Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash, I haven’t had time to post pictures of my Truffula Trees in the library!  Although Dr. Seuss’s birthday was yesterday, we are celebrating all next week with reading activities.  I’ll post some of the fun things we do at the end of the week!Anyway, here are some pictures of the Truffula Trees in the library.  The kids loved them and they make the library much more colorful so it was well worth the time spent making them.  I put them all around, although I think it would have also been fun to have them all in one area and have a Truffula Forest.   I duct taped … Continued

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