Some ways to use me in the next few weeks...
Just Right Books:
I have a book called, Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians. It is a twist on the classic tale; this one focuses on the girl finding a just right book. I have bookmarks that I can pass out to kids also. (This book focuses on the "five finger rule.") I would come to your room, read the book, and review how to pick out a "just right book." I would say that this is most appropriate for the younger grades.
I have new books that came in at the end of the year last year. I would be happy to bring some to your class, and share them with students. They always like to see what is new, and this always creates excitement for our new books. This would take about 20 minutes.
Using Destiny and/or Finding Books in the Library:
Schedule a time to come to the library, and I will show your students how to search Destiny to find books of interest. Once your students know this, I can also show them how to use call numbers to find the books they are looking for. This would be 2 separate lessons.
What Do You Need?
If there is anything you would like my help with, please let me know! I can help with inquiry, research projects, technology related projects. If you have an idea, let's collaborate! Please see below for some fun ideas I'd love to be a part of. :-)
Fun Ideas for Connecting with Others...Near or Far!
International Dot Day
September 15th is International Dot Day! If you'd like to participate, your class would read the book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds. Students would create and share their own dots with other students. It could be another class at CRES, in our district, state, or even country. Classes could connect via Skype or Twitter. Sounds fun, and I'd love to help. Let me know if this is something you'd like to do. See the link for more details.
The Global Read Aloud
The Global Read Aloud starts in October. This looks like another great opportunity to connect with another classroom. Depending on age/grade level, you would read aloud a picture book or chapter of a longer book each week, then connect with another class to discuss. The possibilities are up to you! It would be like a virtual book club. Classrooms could connect via Skype, Twitter, or any other way you see fit. See the link below for details and sign up! I would LOVE to help with this; it sounds awesome!
I did this last year with my 2nd grade learning club, and it is great fun! Younger students usually do a Mystery Number Skype. Older students usually do a Mystery Location Skype. Please let me know if you'd like more information. See link below for more info or to sign up. (Last year, I did this with teachers within the district and my sister-in-law that teaches up in Elwood. Feel free to start local or with people you know. Once you get a few under your belt, you'll be ready to Skype with anyone!)
A Note About Skyping...
I do have a webcam for use in the library if you would like to schedule time to Skype in there. Or, I have a webcam that you may checkout for use in your classroom. If you plan to Skype in your classroom, you will need to submit a helpdesk ticket to have Skype installed/downloaded on your computer. You will also need to set up a Skype account if you don't have one. I can help with this; if your need help, just let me know.
Since our conference format has changed this year, our Scholastic Book Fair will change as well. Our fair will be available for children shopping with parents on the evenings of Oct. 13, 14, and 15. More will come about this later, but I wanted to give you a heads up on dates.
Tyler Whitesides: 3rd and 4th Grade Author Visit
Just a reminder that this visit is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24th at 1:35. I will send home pre-order forms for books within the next few days for students that would like to order one of his books. All orders will be due on Friday, Sept. 11th. More info to come!