you should check out books that you have not tried. maybe you will like it and keep on reading new books when you have a chance.it will take you to a new world you have not seen, you will learn new things every day with fantasy and real life.
Last week in Kinderland, it was food, food, and more food, as we scarfed down (wooden) pancakes and piled toppings high on our felt pizzas!
In order to create the perfect pancake, students had to follow a set of pictorial instructions that included watching for bubbles, flipping the pancake, buttering the top, and choosing toppings. The next week, their job got more complicated. Instead of just following directions given to us - we made our own!
Each person was given a menu. Their job was to select their ingredients and pass it along to another person at their table. Next, we tried making each other's pizzas! It was harder than we thought!
I love activities like this where we can learn, work on our manners, and play all at the same time!
At the end of each lesson, we discussed the process of creating our yummy food. I provided the transition word (first, next, last, etc) and one of my great Kinder friends would help fill in the step!
There is nothing better than watching these sweet first grade friends discover all the secrets that the library has to offer!
This week, first grade is diving straight into Call Numbers and library organization. They are starting to put their own books away into our book carts of awesomeness instead of creating the world's biggest stack of books next to the Check In computer!
We worked hard last week to learn the parts of a Call Number: learning that each part had a meaning that combines to give the book's "address".
This week, we are reviewing that new information by creating our own book spines and practicing puting books in order with the Shelve-it! Game.
So this post (and the next two..) is definitely a little late!
Kindergarten classes came into the library the week before Thanksgiving break and we had a ball working on number recognition and subtraction.
Students were given 'fresh-baked', laminated pumpkin pies that each bore a number from 1 to 10. After determining their number, students used kitchen tongs to place whip cream dollops (ok, so it was really cotton balls) on top of their pie!
It was so fun watching them share the tongs, learn how to use a tong in some cases, and decorate their pie with the correct number of whipped cream dollops!
Then, from the oven, came some tricky pies! These pies had subtraction problems on them that used numbers from 1 to 10.
They did a fantastic job solving those tricky pies and showed several strategies for finding the answer to subtraction problems.
At the end of our time together, we read I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson and vowed not to overeat during the holidays! But we all crossed our fingers....
Tuesday's Library Crew wanted to give the Mannequin Challenge a try! They chose their spots and practiced several times - let us know what you think in the comments below!
Man, October was awesome - and it flew by!! Here are some statistics from last month. We are rockin' and rollin' here at Ashley!
This week at the Ashley Library, fourth grade took a trip into Graphic Novel land. We talked about the evolving definition of graphic novels and how students can help to shape that definition. It was a fun tie in to the idea of misconceptions and the idea that it is sometimes hard for people to look past what they think they know.
We then focused on how to read a Graphic Novel. Most of us admitted to being a little (ok maybe even a lot) confused when reading Graphic Novels at times. We talked about panel placement and author's purpose as well as some other nifty tricks when thinking about Graphic Novels. After all, we are processing information from TWO sources - not just one!
We followed up with a quick look at four small, but mighty details that are present in every Graphic Novel: Speech Bubbles, Thought Bubbles, Emanata, and Motion Lines. I was so impressed with all of the critical thinking that went on in each of our sessions!
In the end, we had a great time! We learned that those crazy Graphic Novels were in fact teaching us something after all. And now we are ready to out and conquer the world. I even have a few kiddos ready to become Graphic Novelists themselves.
What Graphic Novel are you reading today??
Inspector Flytrap has just rolled into my life - and man, am I glad he did! This detective, I mean Inspector (as he insists on being called) is part curmudgeon, part daring film noir hero. Okay - mostly curmudgeon.
I laughed so much as Flytrap and his assistant Nina the goat solved "Big Deal" mysteries that involved priceless paintings, stinky shoes, and missing roses! If you love to laugh and have a little bit of a quirky side, this book is definitely for you!
From Maxwell the Puggle-brarian
"I liked that Nina the Goat. She ate a lot of things that I like to eat! Mrs. Whittaker says I should stop eating all that stuff though. It's bad for my tummy! Who knew?"
First and Second Grade helped to identify some behaviors that would make the library a fun, safe place to visit and then checked out one book. If they pass the One Book test (bringing the book back safely and following all library expectations) they can check out 2 books next week!
My KInder friends also helped distinguish between "Beastie" and "Non-Beastie" library behavior. Then we drew pictures of ourselves as good patrons in the library.
A note from Maxwell, the Puggle-brarian...
"I loved the books from this week at Ashley Library! They were all soo funny! But why so many dinosaurs?? I think this week needed a good dog story of courage and wisdom and bravery...maybe a story about yours truly! Oh well....maybe Mrs. Whittaker will read one next week!"
Mrs. Whittaker is the librarian at Ashley Elementary. She loves to read, dance, and play with her puggle, Maxwell!