Reading Celebration!

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Hello!  I’ve been a bit MIA during March as I’ve been planning and organizing a bunch of fun activities for my school’s reading celebration.  I’ve also been trying to spend a little less time on the computer and more time reading since that’s what I’ve been asking the kids to do! I have some highlights of our reading celebration to share.  Between this, preparing for my final review, summer reading planning, Dewey Shelve-it and my real life (I do have a life outside of the library…now that it’s nice out Mr. Lodge and I have been running again!), there were a few times when I thought “oh boy, why did I decide to do all these things!?” but now that … Continued

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Octopus Research, Part 2

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You can catch up on Part 1 here. Presenting Our Information:After we found all the facts we were looking for, I typed them up in simple sentences.  “near the ocean floor” became “Octopuses live near the ocean floor.”  Then I cut each fact into strips so each student would have one fact to add to our nonfiction book.  I don’t have a lot of time, but it you do, you could have students write the sentences and practice some nonfiction writing. Each student had one sentence and one book page.  We talked about how to make our picture match our words and got to work. The did an awesome job! Adding Text Features:Like I said, the timing of this project … Continued

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Octopus Research, Part 1

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I just wrapped up some SUPER fun octopus research in first grade!  This is the first time I’ve done “real” research with first graders.  I didn’t have first grade last year and this year I found it challenging to decide what to do with them in the first part of the year.  Now, I think we’re finally in a groove and are doing great things!  I started this whole-group project with the goal being to take the kids through the research process.  We’d share our learning by creating a nonfiction book to keep on the shelves in the library.  I’m so proud of how well these first graders did with their first big research project!Fiction and Nonfiction Octopuses:As a lead in to … Continued

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Thank you!

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Thank you for so much positive feedback on Shelve-it!  We have started working on our nonfiction version so feel free to leave an idea or topic for a nonfiction book spine.  I tried to work in a few shout outs to family and friends in the fiction version and plan to add more in the nonfiction. I’d be happy to make a spine your students might recognize as “yours”!On another note, my fantastic sister-in-law is a second grade teacher and recently started blogging at Adventures in Grade 2.  She is one of the most passionate, dedicated teachers I know and has great ideas to share so be sure to check her out!

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