Dewey Shelve-it!

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Big news! Mr. Lodge and I finally finished making a Dewey version of Shelve-it! When you go to Shelve-it! and choose New Game, you will now have a choice of Fiction or Dewey.  It’s definitely trickier than the fiction version but I hope it will help my students and yours become independent library users who can find nonfiction books on the shelves using call numbers. I had many wonderful library teachers send me book titles for them to “write” in Dewey Shelve-it!  In the shelf below, you might recognize Mrs. Crook, Mrs. Ellis, and Carolyn.  My dad, an electrician, is the author of Electricity and my mom is the author of Peacocks, one of my colleagues is the author of Once … Continued

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Octopus Research, Part 2

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You can catch up on Part 1 here. Presenting Our Information:After we found all the facts we were looking for, I typed them up in simple sentences.  “near the ocean floor” became “Octopuses live near the ocean floor.”  Then I cut each fact into strips so each student would have one fact to add to our nonfiction book.  I don’t have a lot of time, but it you do, you could have students write the sentences and practice some nonfiction writing. Each student had one sentence and one book page.  We talked about how to make our picture match our words and got to work. The did an awesome job! Adding Text Features:Like I said, the timing of this project … Continued

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Octopus Research, Part 1

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I just wrapped up some SUPER fun octopus research in first grade!  This is the first time I’ve done “real” research with first graders.  I didn’t have first grade last year and this year I found it challenging to decide what to do with them in the first part of the year.  Now, I think we’re finally in a groove and are doing great things!  I started this whole-group project with the goal being to take the kids through the research process.  We’d share our learning by creating a nonfiction book to keep on the shelves in the library.  I’m so proud of how well these first graders did with their first big research project!Fiction and Nonfiction Octopuses:As a lead in to … Continued

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Did You Know? Center

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We recently got 6 iPads for the library.  4th graders have spent the last few weeks exploring some of the informational apps I’ve bought.  They have practiced finding information in them and have been thinking about the pros and cons of each app. Some favorites so far are Barefoot World Atlas and Bobo Explores Light.  I also have a few Britannica Kids encyclopedias.  If you have any informational app suggestions, I’d love to hear them!The kids LOVE exploring the apps during center time but I wanted them to be tracking their learning somehow.  A few weeks ago, as one class was walking in the door, I grabbed some scraps of bright colored card stock and added it to the iPad … Continued

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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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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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