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I have always loved book character costume day. In the past my school had this day on the Friday before Halloween. We were looking for a way for students to dress in costume while still focusing on education and not Halloween. A few times we also did it to celebrate Read Across America. These are my favorite ideas for character costumes for students! Most of the students really enjoy this day as well. But I quickly noticed that many students did not really understand what they were supposed to do. They did not understand that their costume had to also be the same as a character found in a book. And some parents did not take the time to discuss it with them either. The first year was a learning experience for me. I was constantly being asked by a student if there was a book with a vampire
We all know how important it is to teach our students information literacy skills: how to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information. There are several different research or information gathering models available for teaching the research process including the Big 6 and the FINDS model from Florida. However, I do not think you need to use a “formal” model as long as your lesson plans cover these important skills. Teaching the Research Process Starts Here Something to keep in mind is that a research project is more about teaching students the process of finding information, not so much the finished product. While language arts teachers might disagree, there are many ways to teach and assess writing skills. But with a research project, our students need to understand how to find relevant and trustworthy sources, read the information, and analyze it for their purpose. If you look at this picture
I use picture books with all of my students grades K-5. There is so much that you can teach with a picture book and they can be used for almost any subject or topic. In this post I want to share with you some of my favorite picture books to use with upper elementary students as well as some of the benefits in using these books in your lessons. Discussion Starters By reading a picture book you can begin a discussion with your students about something that may not be easy to talk about. You can open up the lines of communication and start a dialogue. For example the book Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh can be used to discuss segregation and would be an informative lead-in to learning about Brown vs the Board of Education. One Green Apple
I will never forget how I felt when I began my first job and realized that I had no idea what to teach my students. The librarian who I replaced left me absolutely nothing to work with. Her office was completely empty, there were no sample lesson plans or curriculum maps, not even a few old worksheets. Virginia also does not have any kind of curriculum specifically for library skills. And I’ll be the first to admit that the library program I graduated from did a rather poor job of preparing me. So I spent that first year feeling completely lost and overwhelmed. It took me a few years but I finally came up with a plan. By that time I had studied the curriculum for all grade levels and subjects. I knew what was being taught in the classroom and what areas our students typically struggled with. I
Do you have to create a SMART goal or student growth goal? I find it very challenging trying to come up with a goal that accurately reflects student learning and growth but that is feasible to do in the library. It is very difficult when you only see the students once a week, not to mention the amount of time you actually have to teach a lesson. And if there is an assembly or an outbreak of lice or the flu, then it can be a couple weeks before you see them again. However, I do understand how important it is to have these goals. We need to know that our students are learning the content. And if they are not learning it for some reason, then we need to know so we can re-evaluate and re-teach. One of the easiest ways I have found to do assessments is
Why use Google Forms? If you haven’t started using Google Forms in your library yet then you need to do so immediately! Google Forms can be used in many different ways and can provide you with valuable information that you can use to improve your library instruction, programming and collection. You can also use forms as a communication and as a scheduling tool. Read below to learn just some of the ways that I use forms in my library. #1: Reading Interest Surveys Finding ways to encourage and motivate our students to read can be difficult. By handing out a reading inventory or interest survey you can find out how your students feel about reading and what types of books they are interested in. I wish I had a penny for every time I have been asked where the “good” books are. What is “good” for one student may