Intriguing 2nd and 3rd Grade

I consider one of my most important jobs my responsibility to introduce stories and genres to the students who would be most intrigued by them.  For 2nd grade, I try to find early chapter books and beginning reader series that will capture the students’ interest and hopefully get them asking for the next book.  Without fail, I end up with at least two or three takers every week who want to get the next book in the series!

This week 2nd grade read the first book in the Owl Diaries series, Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott.  At first, many of the boys thought the cover was too “girly,” but soon they were all loving the colorful illustrations and silly story!

I have six Owl Diaries books here in the library. Students kindergarten and older all love them!

As for third grade, I knew they would need something a little more provocative to get their attention. That’s when I thought of the brand new version of The Odyssey by Gillian Cross that I purchased this summer.  It was a HUGE hit!

Let’s just say, having students brainstorm how they would escape from a Cyclops cave is a great way to start a class! I had more students taking out books from the Mythology section than ever before!

I hope your second and third graders were intrigued this week!  4th and 5th grade are enjoying the novels we’re reading together and preK-1 read picture books about nature to celebrate some actual autumn weather.  Enjoy your Monday off and the extra day for reading!

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What’s New This Week: Differentiation

This was the first week that I have finally been able to really differentiate what each grade level is working on in the library.  The first week we had a tour and read a book about empathy, and the second week was a scavenger hunt review of where materials are located and a discussion of expected behavior in the library specifically.  Last week the students all celebrated International Dot Day and made their physical mark on the library by decorating a coffee filter dot that will be hung in a garland around the Learning Commons.

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Finally, this week, all of our initial procedures are in place, and it’s time to get these kids excited about reading!

4th and 5th graders are encouraged to read Dorothy Canfield Fisher award-nominated books, and I saved the funniest to read aloud as a class, The Terrible Two. We started it this week and the kids are dying to hear more! They wrote in their journals about how other people view them in the school, and who they’d like to be, in comparison to the main character, Miles, who is moving to a new school and has a chance to recreate himself (or not). The text-to-self connections the kids are drawing are really thoughtful!

I am introducing 2nd and 3rd graders this week to our awesome collection of early chapter books for those confident readers who are ready for something new.  We reviewed parts of a book using Magic Tree House books and then I introduced them to a good friend of mine, Geronimo Stilton.

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At first I wasn’t sure if they liked it, but judging by the fact that every single Geronimo Stilton book in the library has been checked out, I think it’s clear they did!

Kindergarten and first grade parents will either love me or hate me for this week’s book selection! The students certainly loved them! While they are now familiar with the term, “Boo Boo Butt,” they hopefully also learned a thing or two about parts of a book and book care.  It was great to hear their squeals of laughter, but even better to use hilarious books to illustrate how books work!

Last but not least, it was lovely to have pre-K finally part of the library routine.  I am going to rotate through all the different topics which divide up the picture book section; this week I started with the Growing Up section, which consists of books on family, relationships, growing up, and friendship.  The kids loved this brand-new picture book about two dear friends who can always count on each other.

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The students were engaged, we all had a lot of fun, and I know they learned a thing or two as well, whether they realized it or not!  I can’t wait to give the older kids another taste of their chapter books, and to keep the younger grades interested and laughing!