Tag Archives: Ezra Jack Keats

Library Lessons: Jan 2-4, 2019

A short week, so some of these lessons are the same as the final week of 2018.  Keeping the classes on a schedule when there are so many random days missed is nearly impossible.  I find that unit studies help.

Kindergarten:

Grade 1:

Grade 2/3:

Grade 4/5:

Library Lessons: Feb 4-8, 2019

Y’all.  I made that Anna & Elsa post the other day…and this week, they decided to visit the PNW.  Snow, ice, and temps in the teens – things not typical to the PNW – have been in our forecast & lives for the last week.  We had no school Monday and Tuesday of this week and a delay on Wednesday due to over 8″ of snow (which then froze – see temps in the teens).  THEN – just as things were starting to thaw – Snowpocolypse 2019 hit, with schools closing early as the snow forecast was 100% right and the flakes starting falling hard and fast at 1pm.

Given the snowy forecast, it was the right time to pull all the snow-themed books and send a “just-in-time” email to teachers, inviting them to stop in and grab a snowy read.

 

But that doesn’t mean that specialists were cancelled for the week.  Far from it!  Here’s what I pulled out of the magic hat to keep students engaged this week.

Kindergarten:

This year, I teach 6 K classes – 5 on Monday afternoon, and 1 on Thursday afternoon.  Guess how many Mondays we’ve missed in 2019?  FOUR.  The Thursday class is so far ahead of Monday – and with the end of our Ezra Jack Keats unit upon us – AND with the snow forecast – that they earned a movie week.  The movie of choice?  EJK’s THE SNOWY DAY on  Amazon Prime. Students watched half as we compared the movie to the book.

 

 

 

Grade 1:

Only one of five grade 1 classes had library this week.  Eep!  They voted in our Guessing the Geisel mock book award, selecting I LOST MY TOOTH! by Mo Willems as their favorite.  With 4 other classes still to vote, though, it’s still any book’s award to win.

Next week, as the other classes need to catch up, this group will listen to the Geisel winner & an honor title.

Grade 2/3/4/5:

New Book Look!  Having recently received the big fall/winter book order of over 300 books (valued at over $4000!) from Follett, this was the week to let all grade 2/3/4/5 students get their hands on as many as they could so they could truly see what new books we had in our library.  And they LOVED it.  There were some students who were ambivalent about looking at new books,  mumbling under their breath, “there’s nothing here l like” – but most found something among the piles that they liked.  This order was heavy on graphic novels and short chapter books (transitional readers), as our collection in those areas was extremely thin.  The next big order will focus on nonfiction.

 

What worked for me?

  1. no student could check out the books. Why? Because the hottest books would only be seen by the first class.  i wanted ALL students to get their hands on these titles – holding them is different than seeing pictures.  Bonus: the books weren’t in Destiny yet, which made this easier.
  2. no holds on any books.  For the most part, I don’t do holds in the elementary library anymore – too much hassle and work and not enough students looking and discovering what IS there. Plus: no titles were in Destiny, so holds couldn’t be placed.
  3. grades 4&5 could write sticky notes of titles they really wanted to read.  With only 20 minutes to do the New Book Look, I wanted maximum LOOKING time for grades 2/3.
  4. Spread out the books! I mostly kept series together (there were a lot of short chapter book series), but each of the 8 tables had a variety of books: GN’s, MG fiction, picture books, short chapter books, and a sprinkling of nonfiction.
  5. when I do this again, I’ll have music playing.

All teachers in the building were also invited to come down to see the new books.  Those who stopped in left knowing what the library has purchased to meet the needs of their readers, and most left with a new read-aloud idea in mind (they couldn’t take the books yet, as the students need to see them!).

ALSO! Since M/T classes have missed so much library, those teachers were invited to stop in with their students for a 15min check out.  There isn’t much time in the fixed schedule, but a handful of teachers made the times available work and popped in for a quick visit.  It didn’t matter that they hadn’t brought books back – they NEEDED books, especially as the forecast shows more snow for next Monday/Tuesday!

 

Cheers, y’all! –arika

Library Lessons: Jan 7-11, 2019

Kindergarten:

YAY! More Ezra Jack Keats!  He is my all-time favorite, and sharing his stories with the K’s in January is one of my favorite things to do every school year.

Grade 1:

Grades 2 & 3:

Yahoo!  Week 1 of our Mock Caldecott Unit is here!

 

Grade 4 & 5:

Kicking off Book BINGO!  (more about Book BINGO here) I’ll be reading and charting my accomplishments alongside my students in library.  The goal: to finish ONE column by June.  They can choose the column, but I’ve set the goal.  Four of the eight teachers are completely on board with this, too!

And is there any better way to begin 2019 than with a read-aloud?

Cheers, y’all!  –arika

Library Lessons: Jan 14-18, 2019

Kindergarten:

Wrong book in the PPT!  We really read HI, CAT.

Grade 1:

Grade 2 & 3:

Grade 4 & 5:

Again, HUGE thanks to Google’s BE INTERNET AWESOME for the lesson template and slide deck.  NOTE: because my classes are 30 minutes long (and that includes check out!), I split the one lesson into 3.  This will give us more time to talk, to share, and to learn from one another.

 

Library Lessons: Jan 21-25, 2019

Kindergarten:

Fact: I *still* haven’t seen the 5 K classes on Monday but twice since the beginning of the year.  Good thing there are a LOT of Keats stories for the Thursday class to explore and enjoy!

Grade 1:

Guessing the Geisel, week 4. Unexpected bonus of this unit: students are checking out more books at their just-right reading level AND noticing books that have the Geisel medal (note to self: buy more medal stickers at ALA Midwinter…we have loads of Geisel winners/honors without stickers!)

 

Grades 2 & 3:

Alternately tagged: I love Mock Book Awards.  And now, so do my students.  They had the hardest time choosing which of these two was their favorite when critiquing the art.

Grades 4 & 5:

Thank you to Jennifer LaGarde for continuing to inspire me to teach children critical media evaluation skills.  And thank you to Google’s BE INTERNET AWESOME for providing some excellent lessons as springboards for my teaching.

Cheers, y’all! –arika

Library Lessons: Jan 28-Feb 1, 2019

Kindergarten:

So: I’ve seen K’s approximately twice since the beginning of the year (So Many Missed Mondays!)…except for one class: i’ve seen them every single week.  They’re getting THE SNOWY DAY movie on Amazon Prime next week.  This was their lesson this week 🙂

Grade 1:

Finishing our GUESSING THE GEISEL Award unit.

Grades 2&3:

Voting week for our Mock Caldecott!

Who will win? Ballot (and results) to come next week!

Grades 4&5: 

Observation week!  And week 3 of our FISHING v PHISHING mini-unit on Staying Aware Online.

Source: Google’s BE INTERNET AWESOME library curriculum. I’m insanely impressed with the lessons and slides they’ve produced.  Big bonuses: FREE and no Google logos anywhere!  Thanks to the great learning at BETT in London in 2018 for teaching me about this

Cheers, y’all! –arika