Guide Word Sort Game

I have been asked if teaching Guide Word strategies is still relevant.  I believe that it is. While most people now use online dictionaries and encyclopedias, they do still use books which have and index or glossary in the back. It is important for students to have the skills necessary to find the information they … More Guide Word Sort Game

Story Time – Ice Cream

Our Ice Cream story time included: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop by Margaret Rey Ice Cream Cows and Mitten Sheep by Jane Belk Moncure Should I Share my Ice Cream? by Mo Willems Other possible titles (which I don’t have in my library): Curious George and the Ice Cream … More Story Time – Ice Cream

Up and Away with Books

An important skill for research is being able to find the information you need for your bibliography. I begin teaching book terms like: title, author, illustrator, publisher, place of publication, and copyright at a young age. By the time they are near the end of first grade, I expect them to be able to find … More Up and Away with Books

Shape Up Game

I try to make learning library skills fun for the students. They are only with me 40 minutes a week and I don’t always want to be a lecture/worksheet machine. I want learning to be fun. I found that the students enjoy this game and ask to play it again and again. I found this … More Shape Up Game

Dr. Seuss Story time

Everybody loves Dr. Seuss. I had a good attendance at my Dr. Seuss story time last summer. One of the books I read at this story time was One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Knowing the kiddos all like snacks, I found a great place mat which involved the students putting the correct number of … More Dr. Seuss Story time

Farewell to our Seniors

A tradition that began before I became librarian is the end-of-the-year displays honoring our seniors. Each year I put a display visible in the hallway using the theme “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” This display features each senior along with his/her college choice and their bachelor degree choice. I also do a favorite book display in … More Farewell to our Seniors

Maker Mania 2

Each summer I do a couple of Maker Mania Days as a fundraiser for my library. You can read about last year’s Day 1 here.  I try to limit the 2-hour activity to students entering grades 3-8. I charge $10 for participation and try to get pre-registration so I know how many to plan for. Please … More Maker Mania 2

Mock Caldecott

**This post contain an Animoto affiliate link and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Each fall I scan lists on the internet for potential Caldecott books for the following January.  I check out as many of those as possible from our local public library and choose 10-15 … More Mock Caldecott