News From the Library–October 24, 2014

room on the broom

The Story Telling Rope

Kindergarteners loved hearing Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson this week and to review the story, we used our story telling rope.  This is a great way to keep students on track in re-telling a story.  I first reviewed the elements on the rope and instructed them to listen carefully for them while I was reading the story.  Then students took turns re-telling the story by going down the elements on the rope.

story telling rope

First Graders heard Scaredy Cat Splat by Rob Scotton.  What a great read aloud!  The illustrations lend themselves perfectly to reading to a group and the expressions on the faces of the characters are hilarious.  Since this afternoon is our Fall Festival, I was happy to have something so engaging for the students.


Using a projection of an illustration from the book, Haunted House, Haunted Mouse by Judy Cox second graders used worked on point of view this week.  First they studied the slide and noticed all the details and then discovered that they were seeing things from the point of view of a mouse!  This is one of our favorite Halloween stories.

haunted house

Third Graders heard one of my all time favorite Halloween stories, The Widow’s Broom by Chris VanAllsburg.  So spooky and so eerie, you could hear a pin drop in the Library as I read it.  The wonderful twist at the end really got caught them by surprise!


Fourth graders heard the classic tale, Esteban and The Ghost by Sibyl Hancock.  This is an older book but always captures the attention of fourth graders.  First they looked at a projection from the story and we did the visible thinking routine called See, Think, Wonder.  As the story progressed, they began to change and refine their predictions about how the story would end.  For Hanukkah, I read another version of the same tale, Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins and we’ll compare the two and discuss how oral traditions carried stories from one culture to another.


Fifth and Sixth graders finished their Non-Fiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunt packets this week.

And on a personal note…..I will be retiring at the end of this school year.  After twenty-six years in this wonderful job it is bittersweet, but I am so looking forward to having time to pursue some of my other interests and, best of all, being able spend more time with my beautiful granddaughter.


7 comments on “News From the Library–October 24, 2014

  1. Kay says:

    Congratulations on your retirement. I will miss your blog. I’ve learned so much from you as I’ve read it each week.

  2. Marie says:

    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful ideas. As Kay has commented, I have learned so much from you. Your hard work is evident and I’m sure many students over the years have benefited greatly from it. I hope an archived version of your blog will continue to be available.

  3. Christine says:

    Good for you but sad for us! I get such great ideas from you to use in my library.

  4. Anna says:

    Thank you for your dedication, Ms. Reid. We’ll miss you.

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