Saturday, September 12, 2015

Books to Start of the School Year

This year I decided to start every class off with a story. Each of these books led us into a discussion about what has changed in the library, things we need to keep in mind while we are in the library and the care of books.

For the kindergarteners I chose Bonny Becker's A Library Book for Bear. This was a great way to introduce the  kindergarteners to the library and discuss trying new books and not just taking the first one that they see or what they have at home.
The first graders were super excited that they got to hear a book that wasn't even on our library shelves yet. Kate Messner's How to Read a Story is full of wonderful tips about not only choosing a book but about how much fun sharing a book can be.
Since it is the first year that the second graders are a part of the lower campus on a daily basis, I felt that a scavenger hunt was in order. The first clue was hidden in Laura Murray's The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. I did a scavenger hunt like this last year which you can read all about it here.
While the clues had to change this year due to all the construction on our campus, the kids still had a blast.
This summer I added Ralfy to the library collection. The third graders and I had a lot of fun with WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie. 
While I have been discussing the importance of keeping food and water away from library books since they were kindergarteners, our fourth graders seem to suddenly forget this and turn books in with candy stuck on and in them, soaking wet books etc. So, I decided A Perfectly Messed-Up Story  by Patrick McDonnell was just right for them.
Sharing a story with all the students was a great way for us to start our school year.

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