Dewey Word Clouds

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I have been meaning to post about this project for months now!   I’ve made genre word clouds before and thought it would also be great project for my fourth graders who were exploring how the nonfiction collection is organized.  The best part was using their word clouds as signage for the (sign-less) nonfiction collection!This project took three classes and I broke it down into three parts: introduction and notetaking, word cloud planning, and creating word clouds.   I only have 5 computers so the kids had to take turns typing but you might be able to do it in 2 if you have the technology. To start, students were grouped into hundreds (000s-900s) teams.  They used a Dewey Detectives … Continued

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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 made by … Continued

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Library Assistant Center

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This is a center I use with only 4th graders (so far).  My schedule is spread out enough that I have time to swap out centers if needed and this is something the kids love to do and it also helps me out a lot!  A while back, fourth graders started asking me if I needed help with anything (perhaps they noticed my piles of to-be-genre-stickered books, unsharpened pencils, and general giant to-do stack?).  I have had library helpers during recesses in the past but I thought, why not incorporate library helpers into library class with a center? I set out any little projects I have for them, with sticky note instructions since the projects vary. Some things students have done at … Continued

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Book Tasting

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Back in March, I attended the MA School Library Association conference.  One of the many fantastic speakers I saw was Buffy Hamilton.  While perusing her blog, I came across a post about a book tasting.  She is in a high school library and I wondered whether something like a book tasting would work in an elementary setting.  Low and behold, one of her elementary level colleagues at the Barrow Media Center had indeed done a 5th grade book tasting.  It looked like a fantastic way to expose students to new and different books. I decided to try out a fiction book tasting with my 4th graders.  I made up a “menu”, pulled a ton of different chapter books, and set … Continued

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