Rhyming Scavenger Hunt!

It’s a Rhyming Scavenger Hunt for 1st grade! Kindergarten did a more simple version of this, where they were given a word and had to find a partner or two who had their rhyming word. Lots of fun after reading two great rhyming books last week, Frog On a Log by Kes Gray and Jim Field and Have A Look, Says Book by Richard H. Jackson. The kids will finish up this week!

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They LOVED it! I heard kids say it was the most fun they’d ever have in the library.  You can do this with your kids at home, too.  Here is the website where I found the cards!  You’re never too old to rhyme!

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A Real Life Genre Study

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Discussing and identifying literary genres is a significant component of 4th and 5th grade’s reading standards.  When considering how best to incorporate this into the library curriculum, I realized that in here, the students are immersed in a constant genre study as they browse and choose which books to bring home each week, and as they listen to my variety of read-alouds.  What better classroom than the library to analyze literary genres, and what an opportunity to make real-life applications to their work!

And so, this week fourth and fifth graders identified six genres to analyze and determined the characteristics of each.  Next, in groups, students will be assigned a specific genre and analyze our current library catalog of that genre, identifying the age of the books, the number of choices, diversity of authors, etc.  Lastly, the students will research reputable sites for book reviews and recommend books for Mrs. Whitney to purchase in their genre.  Imagine their excitement when I really do make some purchases, and they can see their books in the library, with a label dedicating them to their class!  Research with an element of real world application!

Maybe this will inspire me to reorganize the fiction by genre as well!

Piggie & Gerald Comics

After reading lots of books by the beloved Mo Willems, including everyone’s favorite Piggie and Gerald the Elephant, the students were thrilled to apply what they noticed about his effective and hilarious illustrations in their very own Piggie and Gerald comic strips!

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I’m still waiting for a few more to come in from students who wanted to perfect theirs at home, but I love how the bulletin board is coming along because books definitely bring me joy!

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