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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Nonfiction Book Projects

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Sorry for the lack of posting!  I have had 3 super busy weekends in a row! My 3rd graders have been working on nonfiction book projects.  I gave them a pre-assessment to determine which nonfiction text features they understood and remembered and which I should focus on during our nonfiction unit.  First, I had students choose a nonfiction book to work with.  I had pre-selected books with the nonfiction text features we would be studying and were about 3rd grade level, give or take.  Students could choose one that was just right and of interest to them.    Each week, we focused on a new nonfiction text feature and how it helps them be better readers.  Then, students would locate the … Continued

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Author Study

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Grace Lin is coming to visit my school next Monday!  Very exciting!  In preparation for her visit, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders have been doing an author study.  We have read many of Grace Lin’s books, such as Lissy’s Friends, Dim Sum for Everyone, Olvina Swims.We have been documenting our learning on a collaborative poster:  After we read books, I asked students what characters we met or if they noticed anything we should add to the poster.  I wrote their ideas on sticky notes and added them to the poster.  Students could add anything they wanted to the poster on their own – questions, comments, characters, drawings, origami, facts we learned.  I think the kids did a great job!  Here … Continued

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Genre Word Clouds

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At the end of my 3rd grade genre unit, students did some carousel brainstorming to come up with ways to describe each genre. Then, we took all the brainstormed words and made word clouds using ABCYA:  The kids LOVED the word clouds.  I printed them out and put them around my fiction collection.  After the kids learned how to use ABCya, I was able to use it as a center activity.  

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