Zoinks Jr.

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You may have seen this guy pop up on Twitter a few months ago: This is Zoinks Jr.! If you don’t know the original Zoinks, this is him: My regular Zoinks/Question of the Week Center is for 3rd-5th graders but the younger kids were getting increasingly interested in him throughout the year. The reason I use Zoinks with 3rd-5th grades is because of the level of questions he asks. The older students need to use a variety of resources to find the answers to the questions. They may have to look up a topic in Destiny, locate the book on the shelves, and use the tools they have to find the answer in the text. The might also need to … Continued

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Found Friday: Writing Centers

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Happy Friday! In my end-of-year survey, some of my students requested writing centers where they could work on a writing project while they were in library. I’ve been keeping an eye out for ways to incorporate writing into centers. Here are a few things I’ve come across: Graphic Novel Writing Centers: I accidentally came across this when I was looking up something about the Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. I think it would be so much fun to see how different kids end the story! The graphic novel aspect might even attract some kids who aren’t in to writing in the traditional sense. After stumbling upon that Lunch Lady finish-the-story, I looked at a few other graphic novels … Continued

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Kindergarten Insect Research

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I realized I have quite a bit of catching up to do in terms of sharing projects from the spring. I’m going to try and get them posted before school starts so I’m not TOO behind! Up first – kindergarten insect research. The last project I did with kindergarten this year was insect research. As a whole group, we had been using PebbleGo throughout the year. We learned about penguins and other animals, about seasons and weather, and about important people. I wanted the kindergarteners to have a chance to use PebbleGo themselves before the end of the year. I chose insects because students were studying the insect life cycle in the classroom. They had background knowledge about metamorphosis and … Continued

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Found Friday

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I’ve been in a crafty mood so I found some crafty center ideas this week. The first is actually from a reader! Beth was wondering if I had tried monster corner bookmarks. I have not tried them out in the library but I’ve seen them on Pinterest. So fun! I’m definitely going to add this into the rotation. The original instructions from that pin are from Tally’s Treasures. I have tons of scrap paper from various projects and can think of so many fun add-ons like googly eyes or foam stickers. Another cool bookmark craft I found are these braided bookmarks: The last center I found are toilet paper roll characters from Dollar Store Crafts: I think I would have … Continued

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Found Friday Library Centers

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As I went to write this post, I realized my last one was still marked as “draft”. Even though I had scheduled it to publish, I didn’t actually click publish. I’m going to blame that on being on vacation last week! So, you get two Found Fridays this Friday! This past school year, I was new to my school. My library program was quite different for the kids and I focused a lot on routines and being independent in the library. This year, I’d really like to focus on community and kindness in the library. I’ve been looking for ways to help all students feel like they are responsible for and part of OUR library as well as ways for … Continued

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Found Friday!

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Just realized I scheduled but never never clicked PUBLISH for my last Found Friday post! AHHH. Happy 4th of July! And happy first Found Friday! Cari at Library Learners, Carolyn at Risking Failure, and I are trying out Found Fridays this summer. Each Friday, we’ll share a few center ideas we’ve tried, read about, or seen and would like to try. We are all hoping this will not only motivate us to blog a bit more over the summer but also share new ideas with you and each other! I’m on vacation in Chicago this week and happened upon the Target Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park. There was music, games, and activities for a variety of ages and when … Continued

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Origami Library Center, Part 2

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As I mentioned in my Origami Library Center, Part 1 post, my students were obsessed with the Origami Center I set up this spring.  I loved this center as well, not only because it was very engaging and allowed kids to be creative, but it also allowed students to help each other and be leaders.  There were several second graders who turned out to be origami ninjas and took on leadership roles.  They were go-to people in class when someone needed help.  This was especially nice for me to see because they weren’t always the students who shine academically. This center also inspired students to do writing!  This student asked if he could write his own instructions for an origami … Continued

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