A couple of years ago, I started having Yoga Storytime with my youngest students. You can read all about it on this blog post: How Yoga Storytime Helped My Students Focus. Incorporating yoga into our routine has really been a game changer in my classes. Since we’ve been learning from home, I have noticed the familiar need for students to feel calm and in control
May the Fourth Be With You While Distance Learning
May the Fourth Be With You is a favorite day in our school library. You may have seen my earlier post about our Star Wars scavenger hunt. While trying to plan engaging activities for our students during distance learning, my physical education and music colleagues and I decided to try Star Wars Week again. Read all about our Harry Potter Week for Distance Learning! (You
Make the Most of the Super Bowl Excitement with Fun and Engaging Media Literacy Lessons!
As we get closer to the Super Bowl, more and more students are discussing football and their favorite teams. They come to school on Mondays talking about what happened at the latest playoff games. Excitement builds with each passing week. This is the perfect time to hook students with a great lesson focusing on media literacy skills. I’ve got a fun and engaging lesson using
Have Fun with a Star Wars Scavenger Hunt!
Since the newest Star Wars movie was coming out right before our winter break, it was the perfect time to build excitement in our library around a new theme. This year, my music and physical education colleagues wanted to tap into the latest movie buzz with Star Wars themed activities throughout our school. For one of our library activities we tried a Star Wars scavenger
Celebrate I Love to Read Month!
February is “I Love to Read Month!” It’s the perfect time for you to celebrate reading in your school! Start with an “I Love to Read” bulletin board and a book recommendation center and you will help your students and staff spread the love of reading throughout the school. Interactive Bulletin Board Display a “WE LOVE TO READ” bulletin board in a prominent place in
Hour of Code: Future Computer Scientists in the Making!
Computer Science Education Week is the first week in December each year. This is a time when students around the world participate in the Hour of Code. I’ve been participating with my elementary library classes for several years now, but at first I was very reluctant to try it with my youngest classes. My lack of understanding about coding led to me feeling afraid to
9 Picture Books for Christmas with Free Resources
December is hitting my school library with the usual excitement of winter programs, parties, ski days, assemblies, gift making, and the unpredictability of schedules that can change at a moment’s notice! It can be a challenge to make sure your December library lessons are meaningful and engaging. I do love this time of year, especially now that I make sure I have extra Christmas picture
Become a Better Friend with Nerdy Birdy!
I don’t read picture books to my upper elementary students very often, but I’ve found a pair of books that hold their attention and teach some valuable lessons about friendship and the role of technology in our lives and friendships. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. I
Get Your Students Prepared for Tests with Keyboarding Club!
I started a Keyboarding Club for 4th and 5th grade students in my library because keyboarding wasn’t being taught at my school in those grades and I wanted to give students the option of sharpening their skills on the keys before they began the Smarter Balanced Tests in the Spring. I used free websites, and didn’t have my students create the free accounts offered,
How Yoga Storytime Helped My Students Focus
Either I”m getting old or “youngsters these days have a harder time sitting still!” I really think it’s a combination of both, but regardless of that, what are we going to do about it? I’ve found yoga to be a great outlet for me in my personal life as far as my concentration, mindfulness, and overall health, so it makes sense that yoga could be