Week 9!

Week 9?! Are you kidding me?

Here’s what we did:

I finally wrapped up all of my South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee Booktalks with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Now to think about how I want to promote the program to 1st and 2nd…I have a flexible schedule with them this year (yay!), so I won’t be reading them each week in the library. Any ideas?

5th grade Media Technology students learned about iMovie and made a “how to” video. Some of them did a REALLY great job! We also created the first episode of our weekly news show, The Mane News (we had tried to do a live show this year, but it just won’t work with our wonky wireless and portal. Maybe we can revisit a live show in the future).

A 2nd grade class created Fotobabbles about what they have been learning in Science (soil) or Social Studies (explorers).

My small group of 1st graders finished their animal research. They created a Tagxedo with the information they learned and then recorded a Fotobabble to share. I started a new small group on Friday. Can’t wait to see what they create!

I started my 4th grade LUNCH BUNCH this week – I LOVE it! Such a simple concept and so easy! I got the idea from the very wonderful, Betsy Long. Here’s what we are doing…4th graders go to the cafeteria and pick up their lunch. Then, they come to the library and eat their lunch while I read to them. Easy! I am reading Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. This is a South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee and I think they are enjoying it so far! A class of 2nd graders came in for checkout one day during Lunch Bunch and they were very jealous…I’ll have to try to incorporate more grade levels throughout the year.

I focused on PUMPKINS this week with a couple of my Kindergarten classes. I read Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell and then we checked out books. After checking out books, they played a game with dice called “roll a pumpkin.” Basically, they roll a di (die?), check the chart to see what they draw (depending on the number they rolled), and eventually they should have a full pumpkin. I did not do this with everyone, because our MOCK ELECTION started on Friday!

For the MOCK ELECTION, we are participating in My Voice My Election. All students are voting, including kindergarten. I read Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and talked about promises people make when they are running for office. Then I explained that they will be voting for President of the United States and coming up with their own promises (what would they promise if they ran for president?) Some kids came up with really good stuff like, “I would want to make sure all firemen and policemen are safe.” Others said things like, “I would tell everyone what to do.” I even had one to say, “I like ice cream.” 🙂 I’d vote for ice cream…I can’t wait to see what my other classes come up with!

I also hosted my Park North and Lion Cub Story times this week. I wrote about that here.

Have a GREAT week and a SPOOKY Halloween!



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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