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.

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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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