Library Lessons: Week of Oct 20 – author study, cornell notes, no power!

Week 8 started off as expected, then got wild.  Wednesday: Taught 4th grade.  Typical day.  Thursday: Taught 4th grade, 2nd grade, K.  Early-morning school evacuation due to electrical fire.  No power all day, no network access, no circulation.  Still have classes to teach, though! Friday: Taught 2nd grade, K.  Power on, but discover 3 min before class that the SmartBoard is blown…as are the tech lessons.  No sub for a K teacher, so classes are at 33 students each.


The library without power.  How helpful of Mother Nature to provide such abundant natural light!  New books are on each table, ready for little hands.

No power = no circulation, but no worries: students browsed our new books!

Kindergarten: Author / Illustrator study with Arthur Howard.  Stories: Mr Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog, Mr Putter and Tabby Stir the Soup by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Howard.  Two books, as ½ of a class had already heard the planned story.  Introduced the I Can Read section.

Thinking questions: Mr Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog – What advice would you give to Mr Putter to help get Zeke to behave?  If you were Mr Putter and Mrs Teabury asks if Zeke was a good lollipup, how would you reply? Mr Putter and Tabby Stir the Soup – What is Mr Putter’s problem?  How could he solve it?  (at the end) How did Mr Putter solve his problem?

2nd grade: Oh, the best laid plans…

We were to access PebbleGo Animals as a class to work on Claim Evidence Reasoning using question stems inspired by Memoirs of a Hamster.  But…no power, no SmartBoard = no whole-group access.

So: student choice read-alouds!  We sat in the front of the library, near the natural light, where the New Books display is kept.  I read aloud for 30 minutes, then gave students either (a) browsing time or (b) check-out time, depending on the day.  Students chose: The Adventures of Beekle: an unimaginary friend by Dan Santat and Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta

Beekle inspired some great discussion, and Nighttime Ninja was perfect for a dark school day!

4th grade:  Week 2 of Cornell Notes / Native American mini-unit. Goal: in groups, highlight important words and phrases from one page of Kids Discover magazine article.  One lesson I modeled this with the doc camera (power!), another day I explained to the best of my ability (no power).  As needed, I assisted groups.

Interestingly, the W class didn’t finish and requested more time next week.  The Th class – with no power! – were successful in completing the assignment and earned a Free Storytime Week next week.

Highlighting important words and phrases!  Nice work!

Highlighting important words and phrases! Nice work!

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