Book Buddies

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Book buddies is one of my new favorite things this year!  I saw this post on Pinterest and loved the bucket of book buddies.  I’m not a big stuffed animal person but my new library came with a crazy number of puppets.  I’m also not a puppet person so  I kept the puppets that were in good condition and threw them in a bucket.  I left the bucket out thinking they could be book buddies for kids to read with.  I didn’t expect them to be a huge hit but they are!  In every grade, K-4, the kids absolutely love them and it’s so sweet to see them reading out loud to a buddy.

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Adopt a Shelf

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Adopt a Shelf is a brilliant idea one of my colleagues shared with me.  She does it in her library and I thought it was such a fantastic idea, I had to try it.  Basically, it puts the kids in charge of keeping the shelves neat and organized.  This fit in really well with what we just learned in 4th grade – fiction call numbers and fiction collection is organized.I decided to introduce the idea of adopting a fiction shelf to take care of during my 4th grade classes two weeks ago.  I have a really great group of 4th graders this year and told them that they are the oldest and most responsible students at school and could be … Continued

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Reader Question: Zoinks

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Another reader question I had recently was: Will you please post an example of the form that your students use to answer the question? I’m particularly interested in how they cite their source since you allow 2nd graders to answer questions. If you are interested in trying a trivia question, it’s important to decide what your goal is.  My goal with Zoinks is to have kids actively engaging in quick research and get comfortable finding answers to questions using the resources we have available. The Common Core asks students to use reference materials and to conduct short research projects which both tie in nicely with Zoinks.This is the form I use for Zoinks:  Since my goal is not to write a full … Continued

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Updated Oil Drip Pans

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Remember this? This is one of my two, well-loved, well-used oil drip trays.  I use them for my crossword center, my Boggle center (IOU a post on this!), my poetry and story board centers, and I’m sure I will find many more uses for them in the future. When you buy an oil drip tray they are this galvanized looking metal.  (Autozone, $9.99, bring a big garbage bag to put them in because they’re greasy until you clean them).  I thought it would be a nice touch in my new library to paint them to match my green/pink/orange color scheme. I cleaned the trays and primed them with spray paint primer (I believe I used Rustoleum brand).  And added a few coats … Continued

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