Slippery Bookends Quick Fix

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My library is seriously lacking in the bookends department.  My shelves are metal and have adjustable supports that slide along the top of the shelf and hang down to hold books up.  They’re similar to this:   Wire Book Supports. N.d. Demco.com. Web. 11 May 2014. As soon as a few books are removed from the shelf, the other books just slide under the hanging book end and make a huge mess.  The kids can’t adjust the hanging book ends because you have to squeeze the metal arms together while you slide it and they pop out at you if you aren’t careful.  If you have any suggestions about making these types of supports work in an elementary school, please let … Continued

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Floor-etry

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Have you seen floor-etry on Pinterest? Last year I saw this pin and had to try it. I can’t believe I forgot to share it with you! I have been sorting my pictures because I take tons and I found these and realized I never shared. I didn’t get a chance to do floor-etry again this year but I’m going to make sure I block out enough time for it next spring. I did this with second grade but I think it would work well for any of my grade levels except K because it would be a lot of writing. My first graders could do it by spring. At the time, the kids were studying fairy tales in the … Continued

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Color Poetry!

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What kind of poetry writing do you do with your youngest students?  I haven’t attempted too much but I have done color poetry with K and 1st grade.  After reading poetry and collaboratively writing poetry as a group, I had my K and 1st grade classes try writing some poetry. Kindergarten color poetry is something I really enjoyed doing last year and I did it again this year.  I have larger classes, no classroom aide, and a lot more ELL (English Language Learners) students this year so I was a little intimidated at first but it went well!  I grouped the kids with help from my ELL teacher.  She has been working on colors with her students so color poems … Continued

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More Poetry

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I’ve enjoyed Poetry Month a lot this year and hope you are too!  This is the second time I’ve celebrated Poetry Month and this year was better than last year since I’ve become more and more comfortable with teaching poetry and sharing poetry with my students. I normally structure my 30 minute library classes to have a 15-20 minute lesson followed by check out and centers.  I usually do all poetry centers during checkout but I tried a different approach after seeing how my colleague, Jennifer Reed, used poetry centers to help students to dive into poetry.  In a few classes across a few different grade levels, I introduced poetry month by letting students use library centers for the whole library … Continued

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