News From the Library–Nov. 14, 2013

5th Books

BOOKS Scavenger Hunt

Library scavenger hunts are such a great way to get students going all over the Library in search of books.  They really find out where books are located and have fun at the same time.  This week fifth and sixth graders did our BOOKS scavenger hunt using the sheet below.

BooksThey have to find the titles of books that fit the categories.  I wrote in some location hints along the right hand side.  I let them work in teams of two or solo but the rule is they can’t talk while they are working and I will answer questions but only with the answers yes or no.  They really enjoy this and even get a little practice with parts of speech as well.  I got this from Educating Laytons several years ago.  It’s great because it can be used several times throughout the year.


Also in the Library this week….

Kindergarten–Getting ready for Thanksgiving, Kindergarteners heard Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson.  This sweet, rhyming story is beautifully illustrated and makes a wonderful read aloud.

First Grade–First graders heard Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif about a girl whose self-consciousness gets in the way of her love of dancing.  We talked about how she solved her problem using our story rope and ways that they can overcome shyness if they want to.  The illustrations are beautiful!

Second Grade–Continuing our comparison of the plot of a story, this week second graders heard The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz.  We used our visible thinking routine, Same, Same, Different not only to compare the story lines but also to set up the story by comparing and contrasting the three little pigs in this version. 51x-VvzLPHL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

Third graders were treated to a funny story with a slightly serious message:  We need to unplug from our devices from time to time!  In When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins, the main character is devastated when a power outage takes all his fun away.  Or so he thinks.  As he goes from furious to accepting he learns how much he actually likes his little sister and how nice it can be to “unplug.”  We used the visible thinking routine, 10 minutes before, 10 minutes after, to make predictions about what might happen in the story before we read it.


Fourth Grade–The Talking Eggs by Robert San Souci is one of my favorite books to read aloud.  Such great text, with a little dialect, such wonderful pictures, and the plot grabs their attention almost immediately.  We did the visible thinking routine called Character Trait Portrait to talk about the different characters in the story.  We also looked for story threads in other folktales.  I placed copies of pictures of the main characters, Rose and Blanche, on the whiteboard and students used yellow stickies to surround them with their character traits.


Fifth and Sixth Grade–see opening post


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s