Happy Back to School!

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I hope everyone is having a smooth start to their school years! The end of summer was a whirlwind for me – I traveled a bit, took a week-long Responsive Classroom course, was a bridesmaid in a fellow librarian’s wedding, and got my library ready to go. I thought I’d get back in the swing of things by sharing a fun back-to-school ice breaker I’ve done with my older kiddos: Find a Reader. This is a take on a game I have played during professional development days where you find people who fit various descriptors…has a pet, worked this summer, traveled out of the country, speaks another language, etc. This is a really fun way to get the kids up … Continued

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Reading Celebration!

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Hello!  I’ve been a bit MIA during March as I’ve been planning and organizing a bunch of fun activities for my school’s reading celebration.  I’ve also been trying to spend a little less time on the computer and more time reading since that’s what I’ve been asking the kids to do! I have some highlights of our reading celebration to share.  Between this, preparing for my final review, summer reading planning, Dewey Shelve-it and my real life (I do have a life outside of the library…now that it’s nice out Mr. Lodge and I have been running again!), there were a few times when I thought “oh boy, why did I decide to do all these things!?” but now that … Continued

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Reading Celebrations

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I’m finally on February break and can catch up on blogging!  The past two weeks, I have been working on plans for our month long reading celebration in March.  My school will be celebrating Read Across America, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, World Read Aloud Day, and our love of reading!Last year, my old school did a week long “Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash”, which you can read about here and here.  It was so much fun and I knew I had to do something similar this year.  Everyone at my school is so enthusiastic about the idea, we started a reading celebration committee to plan a bunch of fun activities for students and staff. Some of the fun will include:  guest readers ***special … 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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Why do YOU like reading?

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I posed this question to my 2nd and 3rd graders today.  I can’t wait to make a display of all their wonderful answers!  Here is my favorite: (because there are fun adventures that make your brain happy).  Did that make everyone else happy in their teacher hearts??? My other favorite was one of Michelle’s 2nd graders who said reading is important “because it gives you knowledge and knowledge is power”.  I should have taken a pic of his very creative spelling of knowledge

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash, Part 2

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Here are some of the things I did during library classes to celebrate our Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: I made a bulletin board to showcase students’ work from the week:  At the Dr. Seuss Facts Center, students researched facts about Dr. Seuss and wrote them on the clouds:  They also wrote favorite books on the Truffula trees and drew their favorite characters to add to the bulletin board.I set up a Wacky Words Center so they could create their own words like Dr. Seuss often did:   Here are two of my favorite wacky words: Fifth graders were responsible for creating advertisements for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash and did a fantastic job:  I used some of my regular centers during the week … Continued

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Dr Seuss’s Birthday Bash, Part 1

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Like I said before, Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash made for a very busy week!  But it was also so much fun!  Here are a few fun activities we did as a school.  I’ll be back later this week to talk about a few library centers and activities I did with the kids to celebrate. Reading Hats: students and staff were each given a Dr Seuss hat to “fill” with books they read during week.  The teachers displayed them in many cute ways in the classroom and out in the halls. Red, White, and Black Day:  students and staff dressed in black, white, and red, along with Dr. Seuss style hats.  The kinders made paper hats – so cute!  At least one class … Continued

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Fiction Genre Reading Program

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While studying genres with 3rd grade, I used genre passports as a reading incentive program.  Kids were able to get a genre “passport” during library class.  After we discussed each of 5 genres – fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, and science fiction – students could read the genre and fill out their passport.  On the passport, I asked students for the book title and genre clues – how did they know their book fit into this genre?  I added a sticker to their passports as each genre was completed.  A full passport equaled a prize from the prize box and their picture on the genre passport bulletin board outside the library.   Genre Passport – Front Genre Passport – … Continued

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