Week 5!

Already Week 5!

I helped a 3rd grade class with Wordles about features in South Carolina.

Kindergarten students reviewed how to behave in the library. I read I Took My Frog to the Library and we talked about what each animal did in the library and why it was good or bad. I also did a mini-lesson on fiction vs non-fiction by reading a non-fiction book from We Give Books about frogs after they checked out.

5th grade Media Technology students are learning how to create a podcast using Garageband. So far, we’ve taught them how to compose their “opening music.” Next week, they will record their voice…eventually, the plan is to have a weekly podcast with school news, announcements, etc. I shared these podcasts with them so they know where we are headed – Radio WillowWeb and Kool Kidz and a Radio.

I started promoting my South Carolina Children’s Book Award program with 5th graders. I’ll be sharing the program with 4th grade this week and hopefully 3rd grade the next week. This year, I have a punch card students are going to use to keep track of the number of book award nominees they read. As they read, they will speak to me or Mrs. Gobbi about the book and we will punch their card. Any student who reads all 20 will get a certificate at the end of the school year. On the back of the punch card is an Edmodo group code for a Virtual Book Award Book Club that we are doing with other schools in the midlands (my very smart and lovely library friends, Betsy Long, Sharon Matney, and Kristen Nebesky Lawson are the other librarians “in charge” of the Virtual Book Club). The Edmodo group seems to be a great place to have conversations about books – I think they are having fun with it.

The return of Park North and Lion Cub Storytime was this week! The theme was lions (our school mascot is a lion, so I thought that would make for a good first storytime!)

Lion Cub Storytime

I made a Spotify playlist of lion and jungle music for them to listen to while they waited for storytime to start and for while they were crafting. I can’t seem to figure out how to share that playlist with you, but if you are a Spotify user, you can search for it…Lion Themed Storytime is the name of it.

I read Zoo Looking by Mem Fox

I read From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (which, of course, we acted out as we read)

I read 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle I used clipart to make animals to use with this story on the flannel board. This book is wordless, so when I turned the page, whichever student had the animals in the illustrations came up and put that animal on the flannel board. We counted the animals as we read.

We did the Lion Pokey – “You put your mane in/ you put your mane out/ you put your paw in/you put your paw out/you put your tail in/you put your tail out/you put your whole self in/ you put your whole self out”

We made a lion out of a paper plate

They checked out a book

Park North Storytime

I read From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (acted out)

I read Honey, Honey, Lion by Jan Brett

I read/sang If You Are Happy and You Know It – Jungle Edition

We did The Lion Pokey- “You put your mane in/ you put your mane out/ you put your paw in/you put your paw out/you put your tail in/you put your tail out/you put your whole self in/ you put your whole self out”

We made lions with sugar cookies, frosting, mini M&Ms, and Crunch Munch

We ate our lions!

It was a GRRREAT week!



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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