Shelve-it

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I am so excited to finally share this project! Last year, I blogged about the old University of Texas Order in the Library game and like many of you, I was super sad to see it taken down.  I’ve tried using the Wayback Machine Internet Archive but the game is finicky and unreliable since it’s not a real website anymore.   This is where Mr. Lodge comes in.Mr. Lodge has been making a career change to web development. He was looking for ways to build his skill set and I couldn’t help pointing out he might as well help me out by building something fun and interactive for the library.  He’s been working hard to develop Shelve-it, a game for … Continued

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Reading Celebrations

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I’m finally on February break and can catch up on blogging!  The past two weeks, I have been working on plans for our month long reading celebration in March.  My school will be celebrating Read Across America, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, World Read Aloud Day, and our love of reading!Last year, my old school did a week long “Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash”, which you can read about here and here.  It was so much fun and I knew I had to do something similar this year.  Everyone at my school is so enthusiastic about the idea, we started a reading celebration committee to plan a bunch of fun activities for students and staff. Some of the fun will include:  guest readers ***special … Continued

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Did You Know? Center

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We recently got 6 iPads for the library.  4th graders have spent the last few weeks exploring some of the informational apps I’ve bought.  They have practiced finding information in them and have been thinking about the pros and cons of each app. Some favorites so far are Barefoot World Atlas and Bobo Explores Light.  I also have a few Britannica Kids encyclopedias.  If you have any informational app suggestions, I’d love to hear them!The kids LOVE exploring the apps during center time but I wanted them to be tracking their learning somehow.  A few weeks ago, as one class was walking in the door, I grabbed some scraps of bright colored card stock and added it to the iPad … Continued

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Valentine’s Day Center

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Here is a quick and easy Valentine center I started using in my library this week.  I put out a sign and paper hearts (some cut with our die-cut machine and some cut by hand because the die-cut ones were pretty small!). The kids write a reason they love our library on one of the hearts. I’ve seen a pretty wide range of reasons the kids love the library and it’s always interesting to decipher first grade spelling The hearts would make a very sweet Valentine’s Day bulletin board, maybe along with books you have about Valentine’s Day.  Sadly, I don’t have any bulletin boards and have VERY limited wall space but this one empty wall is my make shift … Continued

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