Animoto

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At a recent department meeting, one of our student teachers presented an awesome way she has been sharing what is going on in her library.  She and her supervising library teacher have been making Animoto videos.  I’m always snapping pictures (backs of heads!) of my library and I also do a weekly recap on my school blog…why not put the two together with Animoto! I have made Animoto videos for the past two weekly recaps and they look awesome!  Animoto is very easy to use.  Each video took maybe 5 minutes to put together.  Here is an example:  

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ABC Books Center

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I love alphabet books.  I still have The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta, which I got when he visited my elementary school in 2nd or 3rd grade.  He signed J is for Jessica inside the cover I don’t typically have too many of my 2nd-5th graders checking out alphabet books so I decided to make alphabet books a center where students could work on a library alphabet book for our library.  I made up an alphabet book template in word, printed out the pages, and made a folder to hold new and unfinished pages.  I pulled a bunch of my alphabet books to use as inspiration.  I love seeing what they come up with for each letter:      … Continued

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Blogging with students

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Do you blog with your students?  I have a Weebly blog I use with students.  I have been using the blog for a few months now and it has been working out great!  The kids love it and it serves many purposes:  a way to communicate with students and families – I post fun things we have done in the library, a weekly recap, student work, and book reviews.  Parents can see how many different things their kids are learning in library, which is always important! a tool for teaching cybersafety and digital citizenship – I use the blog as a way to teach my cybersafety lessons.  I teach them what a blog is, how it can be used, and … Continued

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Book Tasting

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Back in March, I attended the MA School Library Association conference.  One of the many fantastic speakers I saw was Buffy Hamilton.  While perusing her blog, I came across a post about a book tasting.  She is in a high school library and I wondered whether something like a book tasting would work in an elementary setting.  Low and behold, one of her elementary level colleagues at the Barrow Media Center had indeed done a 5th grade book tasting.  It looked like a fantastic way to expose students to new and different books. I decided to try out a fiction book tasting with my 4th graders.  I made up a “menu”, pulled a ton of different chapter books, and set … Continued

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Nonfiction Folders How-To

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Did anyone else have April Vacation this past week?  It was so nice to have a break and we have been having amazing weather in New England (except for today) all week. I hope anyone else who was off had a relaxing break! Anyway, Library Lady had a few questions about the nonfiction folders in the last post.  In case anyone else had the same questions, I put together a little how-to for the folders. I used plain manilla file folders which we have plenty of at my school.  I folded them like this:  Open the folder all the way.  Fold in one half to the middle line.  Fold the other side so the edges meet in the middle.  If … Continued

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Nonfiction Book Projects

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Sorry for the lack of posting!  I have had 3 super busy weekends in a row! My 3rd graders have been working on nonfiction book projects.  I gave them a pre-assessment to determine which nonfiction text features they understood and remembered and which I should focus on during our nonfiction unit.  First, I had students choose a nonfiction book to work with.  I had pre-selected books with the nonfiction text features we would be studying and were about 3rd grade level, give or take.  Students could choose one that was just right and of interest to them.    Each week, we focused on a new nonfiction text feature and how it helps them be better readers.  Then, students would locate the … Continued

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