February library lessons can be engaging and fun for both you and your elementary students because there are so many lively topics to choose from. If you want to make your library the center of your school, paying attention to events throughout the year and tying library activities to them can really help. The month is full of opportunities for you to embrace as you
October Library Lessons
Take advantage of fun seasonal themes when you plan your October library lessons. I use the first two lessons with my kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classes especially. But you can definitely stretch any of these elementary library lessons to fit your older classes too. Just ask the older kids to become experts in order to model or teach the younger children! The last
September Library Lessons
The beginning of a new school year is always full of excitement! It’s important to start with engaging activities and lessons that will set the stage for a year full of active learning for all students. I choose September library lessons that are fun, foundational, and differentiated/scaffolded. I teach all 4 of these topics with all of my grade levels K-5, so that the concepts
4 Tips to Get Organized for Back-to-School in the Library
Although I always hate to see summer come to an end, I do find satisfaction and joy in the preparations I make in my school library each year. I love it when it’s time to get organized for back-to-school in the library, but I also want to have some time to squeeze a little more fun out of summer. Here are some organizational tricks to
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
Spice Up Your Library Catalog Instruction!
Library catalog instruction can be dull and boring. It can be difficult to motivate students to care about library search and location skills when they’d rather be playing a game. Why not make your library catalog search and location practice into a game with additional activities just as fun as playing a game?! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. This means that
Monday was our School Geography Bee. This is the 5th one that I’ve done since I’ve been a school librarian, and I always have the same uneasy feeling during the bee. I worry that the kids are feeling humiliated, because the questions are so dificult that more than half of the students are out at the end of the 2nd round (And they have to
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo WillemsThis is one of my favorite books to use with first grade students. Since it is a Caldecott Honor book, I use it to begin a lesson about the Caldecott Medal. The best thing about it all (besides the fact that it is a hilarious story), is that the pigeon is very easy to draw. So
So, I’ve decided that this is the year that I will embark on the adventure of working toward my National Board Certification in Library Media. I’ve been interested in becoming certified since I first heard about the process many years ago when I was teaching first grade. I had heard that the time commitment and work load is comparable to getting your master’s and life