During a normal year, packing up and getting the library ready for summer can be stressful and chaotic. And we all know, this 2020 is not a normal year. Instead of having a couple weeks to clean, round up overdue books, pack away materials and makerspace items and complete the thousands of other items on my checklist, I am limited to less than a day. I am not allowed to have anyone come in and help me. No assistant or bored students who are looking for something to do instead of watching yet another movie in their classroom. It is definitely overwhelming. And not knowing what the next school year will bring makes it worse. Everyone’s situation is different, so while I can’t give you specific advice about what you need to do, I hope I have some helpful tips you can use for ending the school year during
My favorite May picture books does not have any type of theme. This list is more of a mish-mash of some of my favorite read alouds. Usually by this time in the school year my library is closed due to testing and I am going to classrooms for library. This is also the time for field trips. The books I end up using for read alouds go along with their field trips (usually the zoo) as well as high-interest books. These include books that are funny or silly as well as some engaging nonfiction. It’s tough to keep students on task as the end of the year approaches. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through one of my links, at no cost to you. Please read my disclosure policy for more information. HOW TO CATCH A UNICORN
I have always loved the memory books and keepsakes that classroom teachers make at the end of the school year. It is so much fun to read about the students year and see what special memories they had. I decided that I wanted to do this with my own classes, through and create end of the year memory books just for the school library. There are 3 different memory books for different grade levels: K/1, 2/3 and 4/5. Google Slides Memory Books The digital versions are almost identical to the print, except they are in color. You will receive three Google Slides files as well as a folder of images. The images will allow you to upload the memory books to SeeSaw or other learning platform more easily. You can still upload the Google Slides file to SeeSaw, but you will have to delete the text boxes from each
As the school year winds down I wanted to share with you six of my favorite end of the year read alouds. As we all know it can be extra challenging keeping our students’ engaged during the end of the year excitement. Summer break is calling their name and they definitely have some ants in their pants! So you want to make sure your read aloud selections are ones that will hold their attention. There are so many wonderful books to choose from but these are six of my favorites. I also am including some activity suggestions you can do with these or other similar books. The activities are fairly simple because no one has the time or energy to plan elaborate activities this time of year! The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli The crocodile in this book has a fear: he is scared to swallow a watermelon seed.
If you have never done a library inventory before it can be a very daunting task. I was taught the importance of doing an inventory but nothing about the logistics and process of completing one. This blog post will hopefully answer some of the questions you have about library inventory. I also want to point out that I am only familiar with the Destiny catalog system. I believe that other systems are similar but I have not used them. 1. Why do I need to do library inventory? There are numerous benefits of having an accurate and up to date inventory. They include: Identifies books that are missing from your collection Automatically checks in books that were somehow shelved before being checked in Updates the book status from lost to available when a lost book has been located Provides you with the chance to physically handle every book in
As we prepare to wrap up another school year we are faced with one of our biggest challenges: getting all those library books returned! I have tried many strategies over the years with varying results. In this post, I am going to share with you some different tricks and ideas that will (hopefully) help get those books turned in before the lastday of school. Award prizes to get library books returned Award some kind of class prize or award for the first class in each grade level that returns all their books. Bribery works! Suggestions: Eat lunch in the library Eat lunch outside in a special spot Make ice cream sundaes for the classes. If you do all the classes at the same time you can set up an assembly line and it goes pretty quickly.  Instead of sundaes, you can give out freeze pops, ice cream sandwiches etc. Popcorn