Laura Vacarro Seeger is a favorite, especially her DOG AND BEAR stories. These last two weeks have been a lovely mini-study.
Note: all K classes start with The Name Song for the first 8-12 weeks of the school year. In a 30 minute class, this can take up to 3-4 minutes. But I think it’s important to greet each child by name and to learn their names ASAP, so the song is sung. Plus: singing!
The final week in the Peter Brown author / illustrator study. This story gives readers an excellent chance to determine the difference of whose name appears on the spine label, as the previous 4 stories were all E BRO. We always credit the author first. 🙂
If there was more time – a famous phrase uttered by many a teacher and librarian – students would have created their own CREEPY CARROTS. Alas – our 30 minute classes do not lead to such creative endeavors (unless the lesson were to spill into next week…and next week is the start of something enormous!.)
Since our library Symbaloo is complete and loaded into Destiny (at least, the links I’ve added), it’s time to highlight the resources with my students. First up: MYSTERY DOUG. MYSTERY DOUG is, without a doubt, one of my favorites to share with students & teachers. Each week, a video is sent to a subscriber’s email address. Want to unlock all Doug’s videos? Simply enter 5 email addresses, and voila! I used 5 of my own emails: school, home, home 2, old school email, and spouse’s email. They get a link to sign up (which is easily ignored), and I get all the videos Doug has ever made for free!
The only downside to MYSTERY DOUG is that the video bank isn’t available for students to view independently at home or in class. Honestly, though, that’s a small quibble for the richly researched, high quality videos Doug creates answering science-themed questions from students around the world.
Since Doug has a video on “Do bats drink blood?”, this was an ideal way for grade 2 to wrap up their BATS unit while highlighting our catalog’s resources. While we watched, I pointed out how Doug gives credit to the sources he uses for images in his videos. Authentic lesson on copyright – YES! We also fact-checked Doug’s information using what had been learned when researching bats in PebbleGo the previous week. WIN-WIN!
Because Mystery Doug is so good – grade 3 got in on the action, too! Their video – ‘What makes pumpkins orange?‘ – was timely, given that it was Halloween week.
If you ever want to have your students watch a video and literally OOH and AAH and ask questions, Mystery Doug’s video on ‘How do things glow in the dark?‘ is for you. And them. We ended up pausing the video a few times to think, to reflect, and to react. And just like in grade 2, I make sure to point out how Doug gives credit whenever he uses information or sources that aren’t his own.
Why this video this week? Glow in the dark things are super-popular during the fall. Kids know about glow bracelets. Most, though, don’t know how the science works. The chance to embed real-life learning into our library class is a chance I’ll take. 🙂Cheers, y’all! –arika