This and That

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First, I’m very excited for This Is Not My Hat and The One and Only Ivan!  I actually just read Ivan last week and absolutely loved it. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and read it. right. now.Second, I have been doing some rearranging in my library:I separated out the graphic novels and am slowly and steadily changing their call numbers to GN.After opening up 3 shelves by moving the graphic novels, I spread out my nonfiction collection so it’s a little less squishy in popular sections like sports and animals.I got tired of running around finding unicorn, mermaid, and dragon books in all sections of the library so I made a 1-shelf section of mythical creatures.  I … Continued

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Favorite Characters

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First graders were doing character studies in their classrooms so I thought it would be fun to meet a few characters in the library.  We “met” new characters each class for a few weeks.  After we met Frog and Toad, Squid and Octopus, and a few other fantastic book characters, students introduced their favorite characters.  They are now hanging around the library inspiring readers to try out their books. You can find a free copy of the character introduction paper we used in my TPT store!

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Dewey Word Clouds

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I have been meaning to post about this project for months now!   I’ve made genre word clouds before and thought it would also be great project for my fourth graders who were exploring how the nonfiction collection is organized.  The best part was using their word clouds as signage for the (sign-less) nonfiction collection!This project took three classes and I broke it down into three parts: introduction and notetaking, word cloud planning, and creating word clouds.   I only have 5 computers so the kids had to take turns typing but you might be able to do it in 2 if you have the technology. To start, students were grouped into hundreds (000s-900s) teams.  They used a Dewey Detectives … Continued

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Penguins!

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We just finished up a study of penguins in kindergarten!  We started with Tacky whom the kids find hilarious. Then, we read about Pierre the Penguin.  If you aren’t familiar with Pierre, he is a penguin who lives at California Academy of Sciences and whose molted feathers stopped growing back.  Without his feathers, he was too cold to go in the water.  One of the aquatic biologists who works with him thought to make him a wet suit to help him keep warm.  This is the story of Pierre and his wet suit. It’s very cute and it rhymes which my kindergartners always enjoy. California Academy of Sciences has a live penguin cam here where you can see the penguins on land and … Continued

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Book Spine Center

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This center was inspired by an old bulletin board I had last year. Students made book spines, complete with title, author, and call number. I decided to try  this activity out as a center and it’s been working really well!  I use strips of paper with spine label stickers.  There are always tons of scraps in our teacher’s room and I don’t usually even have to cut any myself! Students can create a book spine for an actual book they enjoy or they can make up a title.  They write the call number on the spine label.  I’ve been laminating the book spines and we will alphabetize them and create a bookshelf on the wall.     This spine was … Continued

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tweet tweet

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I’m finally on Twitter: @mrslodge.I haven’t tweeted since grad school @simmonsgslis quite a few years ago. I don’t think I knew how to use it effectively.  Now I know a whole bunch of fantastic librarians who use Twitter to connect and share like @libraryreeder, @mkschoen, @MatthewWinner, @senoritao, @myschoollibrary, and @librarybrods.  I even found a new library friend already – @WESMediaCenter (also check out her blog at Search. Discover. Share!).  So, we will see how it goes!  PS – Feel free to leave me some tweeting advice…I’m a little overwhelmed at how much info can be shared in 140 characters or less!

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Library Assistant Center

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This is a center I use with only 4th graders (so far).  My schedule is spread out enough that I have time to swap out centers if needed and this is something the kids love to do and it also helps me out a lot!  A while back, fourth graders started asking me if I needed help with anything (perhaps they noticed my piles of to-be-genre-stickered books, unsharpened pencils, and general giant to-do stack?).  I have had library helpers during recesses in the past but I thought, why not incorporate library helpers into library class with a center? I set out any little projects I have for them, with sticky note instructions since the projects vary. Some things students have done at … Continued

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