Favorite Characters

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First graders were doing character studies in their classrooms so I thought it would be fun to meet a few characters in the library.  We “met” new characters each class for a few weeks.  After we met Frog and Toad, Squid and Octopus, and a few other fantastic book characters, students introduced their favorite characters.  They are now hanging around the library inspiring readers to try out their books. You can find a free copy of the character introduction paper we used in my TPT store!

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oops!

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I intended to post this project weeks ago and somehow it slipped by me!  This was a fun end of year project I did with my 2nd graders about The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown.   First, we read the book and talked about what we noticed about how it is written.  Then, each class wrote a page all together about reading.  This example is Michelle’s class:  Over the next few weeks, the kids had several other prompts: the important thing about the library is…, the important thing about 2nd grade is…, the important thing about a book is… I typed and copied the class’s page about reading for each student to add to their book. They made covers and we stapled … Continued

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Genre Posters

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I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  Between school projects like mod-podging lego poetry (pictures coming soon!) and packing for the big move, I’ve been keeping super busy!  One thing I’ve been wanting to make are posters for the genres I teach and display in the library.  I think having posters will be helpful reminders not only to the 3rd graders who will do genre passports, but all the kiddos.  I’ve seen some cute posters on Pinterest but everyone has their own genre definitions and I haven’t seen any that were exactly what I wanted them to say.  Also, I have the most difficult time explaining science fiction since it overlaps with fantasy so if anyone has a good, concise explanation for sci-fi, let … Continued

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The Dot

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I love the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  At my school, I have both the book and the ebook through Tumblebooks.  I saw few projects on Pinterest which I combined for a second grade Dot project.  One Pinterest picture I saw was a really cute bulletin board of student-made dots, originally from Framed in Swirly Gold.   Then I saw these instructions for window treatments.  I thought it would be fun to combine the two ideas and hang dots all over my library.   I cut out 4×4 squares of computer paper for the Dot drawings.  Then I cut 6×6 squares from construction paper for “frames”.  As students finished their dots, they would pick a frame color.  We taped … Continued

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