Below are the current lessons students are participating in at the library by grade level. If you have any questions regarding these lessons, do not hesitate to contact me.
November 20-November 25, 2009
Fifth grade and Fourth grade - "Judging a book by its cover?"
Can we judge a book by its cover? What are the elements of helpful cover art/blurbs? Sometimes a great story or a good resource hides behind a dull cover. Students will create book covers of their own as examples of covers that draw readers into the story. Students can also choose to participate in a special project to re-cover selected books in the library in need of updating with orignial student art.
Third grade - "Sticky notes for careful readers"
What are some ways that we can keep track of questions, quotes, and connections as you read (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world)? Instead of writing in the book, create your own "margin" with sticky notes and create an "automatic outline." Students will practice writing as they read with notes.
Second and First grade - "If you're happy and you like you, write a rhyme"
Self-esteem is the best way to show one knows one is loved. Students will listen to the rhyming book "I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem" by Jamie Lee Curtis and create their own rhymes explaining reasons they like themselves.
Kindergarten - "Happy Birthday, Platypus!"
Students will celebrate the birthday of a library character and at the "party" be introduced to the word "biography." Students will listen to the book "When I was little : a four-year-old's memoir of her youth" by Jamie Lee Curtis and then create their own 3-fact biographies on paper cupcakes.