We had a great busy first full week back! Now I will be starting to see some classes twice a week, so there may be a second lesson for a grade. The first listed is the one that all classes received and the second is one that only one class came for.
Kindergarten- First we read along to and sang with Rob Reid's Comin' Down to Storytime. It is set to the music for She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain. The kids loved it! They were able to get a "preview" of things that will be happening in the library. Then we looked at pictures of library vocab words, like laptops, iPads, desk, even one of Mrs. Sweeney, the librarian. Then we went on a tour of the library and found each of the things we had seen pictures of. We ended up camping out on Everybody Street (where the picture books are) and I showed them that lots of their favorites could be found here- Clifford, Franklin, Charlie and Lola. They loved seeing more Eric Carle books as they are all hatching caterpillars and class and the classroom teachers had read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Second Kindergarten- We started by reading The Library Doors by Toni Buzzeo. This is another sing along book, but set to the Wheels on the Bus. We were supposed to watch a short video of a class performing the Library Doors song, but due to a technology failure, we instead read an Elephant and Piggy story of I Love My New Toy. We will save the sing along video for another day!
First Grade- We read one of my favorite beginning of the year books- Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf, by Judy Sierra. The students always loving picking out all the storybook characters. I have fun before the story begins, making them think of what BB might stand for! This is a short bit of singing in it that the students also enjoy. Then we reviewed Library Behavior Rules 1. Be respectful to others 2. Walk. 3. Inside voice 4. Take care of the books and computers 5. Use whole body listening. Once we went through our own manners for library, the students decorated their own shelf markers. I labelled them ahead of time with classroom teachers, grade, name, barcode and picture. The students could decorate them any way they like. I will laminate them and they will double as shelf markers and a way to scan themselves at checkout. This should eliminate the accidental scanning of a classmates name in the book.
Second First Grade- We read Skippy John Jones (Schachner). The students loved the crazy things Skippy does, and I love doing the voices and hand motions! The students also love all the pet names Momma has for Skippy. Then we watched a short video about Skippy in the Library that reviews library behavior and book care.
Second Grade- We read another beginning of the year classic- Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler. I know students always love this, because after I read it, all the Black Lagoon books in stock go out! I like that this book acknowledges some anxiety students may have about new things, and then helps alleviate those anxieties. After, we reviewed the five library behavior rules and made shelf markers (see first grade).
Second Second Grade-I shared Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt. My students were hysterical that Scaredy is afraid of unicorns! Then we watched a short video about Scaredy Squirrel going to the library, which also covers book care and library behavior. Then book exchange!
Third Grade- We thoroughly enjoyed the true story of Librarian on the Roof! by MG King. I tell the students at the beginning that it is true and remind them later in the story and they are in disbelief! I keep waiting for them to ask me to go on the roof to raise money! Yikes! This is a great opener in letting students know that the library is an alive space, and like RoseAleta, I want the library to be full of children. It is also a good time to talk about how even with that there needs to be rules in the library, so that everyone can enjoy it! We briefly reviewed our library rules and book care.
Second Third Grade- We shared the book Penelope Popper, Book Doctor, by Toni Buzzeo. We then started the Reader's Theater adaptation, but did not finish. We were all ok with this, we will finish next Friday, and let some new people have a speaking part. I had more volunteers than parts- a terrible problem to have!
Fourth Grade- We read Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook, by Michael Garland. While a few of the students professed to know the series, we all agreed that it is a great series to share again, and we talked about which in the series is our favorite. The are all so good- how do you choose?!? We enjoyed picking out all the characters and matching them up to their own story. Then we did a little review of call numbers. The students were in small groups at the tables, and had to separate a pile of call number cards into everybody, biography, fiction and non-fiction piles. They all even had time to alphabetize and numerically organize the piles!
Second Fourth Grade- I actually did last week's lesson as I had not seen this group the week before.
Fifth Grade- I read a very powerful, moving story called 14 Cows for America (by Carmen Agra Deedy), in honor of 9/11. This is a true story of a member of the Maasai tribe who was in NYC on 9/11, and how he and the Maasai were able to offer a measure of kindness to the US. The power of the message to my students is that no one is too small to help. Most classes then had time to begin a QR scavenger hunt around the library. I moved (over the summer) the biographies and reference books, as well as creating a new display area, and I wanted the students to explore for themselves where things are. They loved using the iPads for this! At each QR code, they got one word to a secret sentence, and the location of the next QR code. Very few finished though, so we will wrap this lesson up next week.
Sixth Grade- We continued to read Mongoose, a short story from the Library Card, by Jerry Spinelli. I really want my sixth graders to start taking responsibility for their actions in life, and that is what this story is all about. The students are interested to hear about others so close in age to them, though I think they are shocked by some bad choices the characters are making! Sixth graders also started the QR Scavenger Hunt (see fifth grade) and are loving it! They will also finish next week. So many great things to do, so little time!