May 21/22, 2013 - Last day of library

Crooked Kind of Perfect by Urban
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/crooked-kind-perfect
Seekers Book 1 by Erin Hunter
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/quest-begins-0
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/inkheart
Cracker by Kadahota
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/cracker
Invention of Hugo Cabret
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/invention-hugo-cabret
The Old Willis Place by Hahn
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/old-willis-place
Dog Lost
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/dog-lost
Pick of the Litter
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/pick-litter-0
Amulet by Kimbuishi
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/stonekeeper
May Bird Among the STars
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/may-bird-among-stars
NERDS
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/NERDS+Youtube
Where the Mountains Meet the Moon
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Where+the+Mountain+Meets+the+Moon
Beastologist Book 1
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Flight+of+the+Phoenix+Book+Trailer
Dying to Meet You
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Dying+To+Meet+You+Book+Trailer

Used book Sale

May 14/15, 2013 - rotate from last week
Games in the Library - Answer This, Fiction or Nonfiction, Book Buddies, The Great Coin Caper, Nonfiction Concentration

May 14/15, 2013

May 8 and 9, 2013
Play Answer This - review definitions of 4 reference books and play game as a group

April 30/May 1 - no class - Destiny conversion

Consider choosing leaders to train during a few recesses before hand - who can master each game and teach the others.

April 23/24, 2013
Note taking
adapted from Developing 21st Century Literacies p. 166

Read aloud picture book biography about someone who they have no prior knowledge - Queen of the Track by Heather Lang
After reading - lead discussion of the book - ask them to generate a list of further questions that they have - important - guide them back through the book - Schwieso's class did not come up with good questions on their own.
April 16/17, 2013
Note Taking
Research Skills - Encyclopedia
Note - modify the 3rd grade worksheet to keep kids focussed Encyclopedia activity - remember to talk about not copying from encyclopedia, put things in your own words. Give each child a word to look up in the encyclopedia - then have them write down 3 facts about that subject using their own words. Put labels on 3 x 5 index cards - have students put name on card under the word - then write down the facts on the back of the card.
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[[file/view/Encyclopedia+word+labels.doc|Encyclopedia word labels.doc]]

April 9/10, 2013

Note taking -
Schwieso's class - used notetaking sheet on a place - using encyclopedia - this didn't work out at all for most kids! Most couldn't concentrate on the subject

Sr. Jodene's class - generating questions after reading Owen and Mzee

April 2, 3, 2013 - Easter vacation

March 26, 27, 2013
Finding Fiction Books - a review
Preparation: print out various genre lists from Athena - cut apart and give to students
Read first The Library Pages - this is an April Fools Book
March 19/20, 2013
Card Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember - next year - do this in battle group format - giving points - handouts for each team instead of looking at wall - kids don't listen unless it is their turn

March 12/13, 2013
Divide class into 10 teams - assign each a Dewey category - send them to bring back 6-10 books from that category (smaller # for 400's) and report the findings of their investigation - make sure to modify the worksheet to include specific call number

March 5/6, 2013
Genre Review - Genre Bookmarks for posters

February 26/27 2013
Read aloud - The Great Dewey Hunt by Toni Buzzeo
Discuss how we are going to do something similar in the library next week

February 19/20, 2013
Read aloud - Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything!
During check out - each child needs to find (not checkout) but find and show me - book by call number - see files on Nonfiction call numbers

February 12/13, 2013
Play the Pirates of Plagiarism Bingo Game

February 5/6, 2013-
Pirates of Plagiarism by Kathleen Fox - read book aloud and talk about plagiarism show them bingo game- 2 class periods?



January 29/30, 2013 - Book Fair
January 22/23, 2013 - Book Fair Video
January 15/16, 2013 - Book Fair preview books that are coming to book fair
January 8/9, 2013
read aloud and one run through Reader's Theater - Master Man - have kids keep scripts in hand when reading aloud the book
http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE27.html

January 2 and 3, 2013 - Introduction to Endangered Animal Research Project
Schwieso - Bruchac's Buffalo Song - kind of long - felt like kids were tuning out
Sr. J's Class - Can we Save the Tiger by Martin Jenkins

December 18/19, 2012 -Short Stories/Classics
Papa Panov's Special Day by Leo Tolstoy

December 11,12 2012
Poetry/Fluency
Have kids take turns reading aloud poems from Shel Silverstein - begin with CD of Shel Silverstein reading aloud - discuss fluency

December 4,5 2012
Explanation of Historical Fiction
read aloud from beginning of Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

November 27/28 2012
Science Fiction
Discuss definition
Read Aloud - Johnny on the Spot by Edward Sorel

November 13, 14 2012
Explanation of Fantasy -
BFG by Dahl - read chapter titled The BFG

November 6, 7 2012

Mrs. Schwieso's Class - Holy Giant

Sr. Jodene's Class - Mystery Clue

October 31 2012 Sr. Jodene's Class
Talk talked about legends and I read Tomie De Paola's Christopher- the Holy Giant - about the former St. Christopher - we talked about how popular thesaint was before 1969 and how people had St. Christopher medals with them when theytraveled. We also talked about how the saints are real people and that they didn't have enough evidence that St. Christopher really lived - so he is a legend. Explanation of a legend - tie to Saint assignment - Christopher: Holy Giant by Tomi DePaola - NOTE: this is a little short - show or read more legends next year.

Legend - a tradition or story handed down from earlier times and popularly accepted as true but actually a mix of fact and fiction. The term is also applied to any fictitious tale concerning a real person, event, or place and is likely to be less concerned with the supernatural than a myth.

October 30, 2012 - Mrs. Schwieso's Class

Mystery - Read aloud from Clue - all books checked out

October 23, 24 2012 - Myths
Genre Study - Myths Talk about definition
Read aloud - Pandora By Robert Berleigh - Retell - character ,setting, problem/conflict, actions/main events, resolution, theme


October 16, 17, 2012 - Biography
Read aloud for CZ - Life in the Ocean by Claire Nivola

October 9, 2012 - Fairy Tale
Compare original Snow White with Joe Bright - not enough time to compare as a group -

October 2 and 3, 2012
Read Aloud Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes by Hopkins, Jackie Mims; Manders, John
Ask students - what's a genre? and discuss
CCSS - Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity - introduction

September 25 and 26, 2012
Demonstration of e-library in classrooms - Follett Shelf

September 18 and 19, 2012 Comprehension Strategies
adapted from Developing 21st Century Literacies p. 135
Before reading Tsunami by Kajikawa- explain that we are going to practice asking questions before, during and after reading -
Modeling - write questions on white board
Before Reading:
1st look at cover - ask yourself what this story is about - questions
Is it about a real tsunami? When and where did this story take place?
What would it be like to experience a real tsynami?
During Reading:
How will Ojiisan warn the village about the tsunami?
Why does he burn his crops?
Will he ever recover his wealth?
After reading:
Why did the author write this story?
Divide in 3 columns

Discuss where do the answers come from?
Text
Text + Me
Research

September 11 and 12, 2012
Welcome Back, Review Routines, Introduce Genres

Please Pass the Book - Library Sparks October 2011

Review of library rules and procedures and expected behavior, Fiction book pass
See link below for record and scan for article.
(note: see lesson files for customized book pass log for 5th grade)
- 8-9 books at each table, 5 kids at each table
- fiction book pass - call time - take one book to investigate
1. read title and author's name and look at front cover
2. Read the book blurb on back cover or flap of jacket
3. Turn to first chapter and keep reading, if not interested - flip to middle and start reading
4. Call time - stop reading and record book on book pass log - include comment and rating
Name on book pass and collect.
http://www.highsmith.com/pdf/librarysparks/2011/lsp_oct11_ker_repro.pdf -
May 22, 2012
Crooked Kind of Perfect by Urban
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/crooked-kind-perfect
Seekers Book 1 by Erin Hunter
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/quest-begins-0
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/inkheart
Cracker by Kadahota
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/cracker
Invention of Hugo Cabret
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/invention-hugo-cabret
The Old Willis Place by Hahn
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/old-willis-place
Dog Lost
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/dog-lost
Pick of the Litter
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/pick-litter-0
Amulet by Kimbuishi
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/stonekeeper
May Bird Among the STars
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/may-bird-among-stars
NERDS
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/NERDS+Youtube
Where the Mountains Meet the Moon
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Where+the+Mountain+Meets+the+Moon
Beastologist Book 1
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Flight+of+the+Phoenix+Book+Trailer
Dying to Meet You
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Dying+To+Meet+You+Book+Trailer

Used book Sale


May 15, 2012 - Summer Reading - Rob's Read Alouds 2

10 Minute Selections - different for each class
Fudge-A- Mania - read intro from Rob's Read Alouds to set the stage and then the first 3 chapters - really good
The Incredible Journey - read intro from Rob's Read Alouds to set the stage and then read chapter 3 - vocab a little much for this year's 4th grade - not next year
Harriet the Spy Read Chapter 2 beginning with "Ath the entrance of her school, end this section with Assembly was over. Move on to beginning of chapter 10 - fihishe with where Janie tells Harriet to go over there and sit on that bench until we decide what we're going to do to you."
The Bad Beginning - read chapter 1 until "I'm sorry to tell you this, but this is how the story goes on." Then sip to chapter 4 and begin with "Orphans? - chapter ends with children crying in their rooms


May 8, 2012 - Comprehension Strategies continued p. 136
Hand out Asking Questions of Text Activity Sheet
Today - writing down own questions
Show cover of book Testing the Ice - have them write down 3 questions before they hear the story
While reading - pause several times to give them a chance to write down some during reading questions
After reading - write down questions


May 1, 2012 Comprehension Strategies -
adapted from Developing 21st Century Literacies p. 135
Before reading - explain that we are going to practice asking questions before, during and after reading -
Modeling - write questions on white board
Before Reading:
1st look at cover - ask yourself what this story is about - questions
Is it about a real tsunami? When and where did this story take place?
What would it be like to experience a real tsynami?
During Reading:
How will Ojiisan warn the village about the tsunami?
Why does he burn his crops?
Will he ever recover his wealth?
After reading:
Why did the author write this story?
Divide in 3 columns

Discuss where do the answers come from?
Text
Text + Me
Research

April 24, 2012 Note taking
adapted from Developing 21st Century Literacies p. 166

Read aloud picture book biography about someone who they have no prior knowledge - Queen of the Track by Heather Lang
After reading - lead discussion of the book - ask them to generate a list of further questions that they have - important - guide them back through the book - Schwieso's class did not come up with good questions on their own.

April 17, 2012 - Note Taking
Research Skills - Encyclopedia
Note - modify the 3rd grade worksheet to keep kids focussed Encyclopedia activity - remember to talk about not copying from encyclopedia, put things in your own words. Give each child a word to look up in the encyclopedia - then have them write down 3 facts about that subject using their own words. Put labels on 3 x 5 index cards - have students put name on card under the word - then write down the facts on the back of the card.
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[[file/view/Encyclopedia+word+labels.doc|Encyclopedia word labels.doc]]

April 10, 2012 - Easter Vacation

April 3, 2012 - Key word Search
http://www.iccsd.k12.ia.us/library/Curriculum/Lessons/CatalogSearch/KWSearch/L-KWSearch-3-4.pdf

March 27, 2012
Finding Fiction Books - a review
Preparation: print out various genre lists from Athena - cut apart and give to students
Read first The Library Pages - this is an April Fools Book

March 20, 2012
Genre review - picture books - fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, realistic, sci fi, biography, informational folklore, poetry - get out picture books of each - brief description - then use parts of p. 89 Library Sparks Library Lessons p. 89 and have kids carefully fill out worksheet independently

March 13, 2012
Card Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember

March 6, 2012
Card Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember - next year - do this in battle group format - giving points - handouts for each team instead of looking at wall - kids don't listen unless it is their turn

February 28, 2012
Divide class into 10 teams - assign each a Dewey category - send them to bring back 6-10 books from that category (smaller # for 400's) and report the findings of their investigation - make sure to modify the worksheet to include specific call number

February 28, 2012
Genre Review - Genre Bookmarks for posters

February 21, 2012
Read aloud - The Great Dewey Hunt by Toni Buzzeo
Discuss how we are going to do something similar in the library next week

February 14, 2012 -
Introduce genre reading chart - for a poster from book fair
Play the Pirates of Plagiarism Bingo Game

February 7, 2012 -
Pirates of Plagiarism by Kathleen Fox - read book aloud and talk about plagiarism show them bingo game- 2 class periods?

January 31, 2012 - Book Fair
January 24, 2012 - Book Fair Video
January 17, 2012 - Book Fair - previews= book talk books that are coming to the book fair

January 10, 2012
Read aloud - Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything!
During check out - each child needs to find (not checkout) but find and show me - book by call number - see files on Nonfiction call numbers
December 20, 2011
Read Aloud - Papa Panov's Special Day - have kids guess Genre

December 13, 2011 - Poetry/Fluency
HAve kids take turns reading aloud poems from Shel Silverstein

December 6, 2011
Reader's Theater - Master Man
http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE27.html
November 29, 2011 - Tall Tale
Read Aloud - Master Man
November 22, 2011 - Biography
Stand Straight Ella Kate

November 15, 2011 - No School

November 8, 2011 - Historical Fiction
Explanation of Historical Fiction
read aloud from beginning of Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

November 1, 2011 - Legends

Read Aloud - Legend of St. Christopher by Tomie DePaola

October 25, 2011 Science Fiction
Discuss definition
Read Aloud - Johnny on the Spot by Edward Sorel

October 18, 2011 Myths
Genre Study - MythsTalk about definition
Read aloud - Pandora By Robert Berleigh - Discussion point - What are the evils that were released into the world? How does having hope help us deal with them? note: Kids loved this book!

October 11, 2011 - Fantasy
Explanation of Fantasy
Read BFG by Dahl - read chapter titled The BFG

October 4, 2011 - Mystery
Explanation of Mystery
read aloud two mysteries from Clue - Who Killed Mr. Boddy?

September 28, 2011 - Realistic Fiction

Go over basic rules of library and checkout - should be a time to quietly find a book - recommend a book to a friend, read, not a social time.
Use white board - talk about definition of realistic fiction

Read aloud from The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary by Candace Fleming

September 21, 2011 - Fairy Tale
Read aloud for CZ - Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb


September 14, 2011 - Introduction to Genres
Read Aloud - Joe Bright and the Genre Dudes by Jackie Hopkins
Discuss - what's a genre? - stories and books that are grouped into different types - based ons shared qualities
Why is it important to understand genres?
1. Group books together - so we can enjoy them more, understand them better - and browse the shelves for similar books.
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May 24, 2011 Worldbook online lesson - write paragraph on state place see format p. 118
May 17, 2011 - Worldbook online lesson - use state place template from Library Sparks Library Lessons questions on p. 115 p. 118 - take notes on state place - using books and website
May 10, 2011 - Worldbook online lesson - assign each child a state. Find state in Worldbook online Student - go to Worldbook explore states - also give each child an elementary state book - have them read over and find an interesting place -
May 3, 2011 - Pirates of Plagiarism
April 26, 2011 - Easter Vacation
April 19, 2011
Genre review - picture books - fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, realistic, sci fi, biography, informational folklore, poetry - get out picture books of each - brief description - then use parts of p. 89 Library Sparks Library Lessons p. 89 and have kids carefully fill out worksheet independently
April 12, 2011
Card Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember
April 5, 2011
Card Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember - next year - do this in battle group format - giving points - handouts for each team instead of looking at wall - kids don't listen unless it is their turn

March 29, 2011 - Finding Fiction Books - a review
Preparation: print out various genre lists from Athena - cut apart and give to students
Read first The Library PAges - this is an April Fools Book

March 22, 2011 Alliteration
Source: Library Sparks Library Lessons p. 106
1. Make copies of p. 110 to pass out - share with neighbor
2. Discuss what alliteration is - definition and examples - see below
3. As a group - suggest alternative titles for Snicket another snicket book

Identify the alliteration in the following examples to test your skills:
  1. Alice’s aunt ate apples and acorns around August
  2. Becky’s beagle barked and bayed, becoming bothersome for Billy.
  3. Carries cat clawed her couch, creating chaos.
  4. Dan’s dog dove deep in the dam, drinking dirty water as he dove.
  5. Eric’s eagle eats eggs, enjoying each episode of eating.
  6. Fred’s friends fried Fritos for Friday’s food.
  7. Garry’s giraffe gobbled gooseberry’s greedily, getting good at grabbing goodies.
  8. Hannah’s home has heat hopefully.
  9. Isaacs ice cream is interesting and Isaac is imbibing it.
  10. Jesse’s jaguar is jumping and jiggling jauntily.
  11. Kim’s kid’s kept kiting
  12. Larry’s lizard likes leaping leopards
  13. Mike’s microphone made much music
  14. Nick’s nephew needed new notebooks now not never
  15. Orson’s owl out-performed ostriches
  16. Peter’s piglet pranced priggishly
  17. Quincy’s quilters quit quilting quickly
  18. Ralph’s reindeer rose rapidly and ran round the room
  19. Sara’s seven sisters slept soundly in sand
  20. Tim’s took tons of tools to make toys for tots.
  21. Uncle Uris’ united union uses umbrella’s
  22. Vivien’s very vixen-like and vexing
  23. Walter walked wearily while wondering where Wally was
  24. Xavier’s x-rayed his xylophone.
  25. Yarvis yanked you at yoga, and Yvonne yelled.
  26. Zachary zeroed in on zoo keeping.
In each of these examples, the alliteration occurs in the words that have the same sound. As you can see, not every word must be alliterative. You can use prepositions, such as of and pronouns such as his and still maintain the alliterative effect. Alliteration does not need to be an entire sentence. Any two word phrase can be alliterative. Even some single words can be alliterative, if they have multiple syllables which begin with the same consonant sound.

Brand Names and Alliteration

Companies company use this alliterative effect all the time. The major reason companies use this technique is to ensure that their brand name is memorable. Think, for example, of all of the famous and well known brands and companies that have used alliteration in their names
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • PayPal
  • Best Buy
  • Borders Books
  • Coca-Cola
  • LifeLock
  • Park Place
  • American Apparel
  • American Airlines
  • Chuckee Cheese’s
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Krispy Kreme

Famous People and Alliteration
Alliterative names can also help you stand out in the crowd and can make you more memorable. For example, both fictional characters and real people may stand out in your head as a result of the alliterative effect of their name. Think of:
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Michael Moore
  • William Wordsworth
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Porky Pig
  • Lois Lane
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Fred Flintstone
  • Donald Duck
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Seattle Seahawks

March 15, 2011 - Dewey Decimal System
The Penultimate Peril - Source: Library Sparks Library Lessons p. 105
Lesson I. The Dewey Decimal System at the Hotel Denouement
1. Make copies of p. 108 for students - students will work in pairs so only make 13 copies - also refer to Dewey categories on wall
2. Read aloud pages 62-64 in the Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket - this describes how the Hotel Denouement is organized using the Dewey Decimal system
4. Pass out activity sheet - p. 109 - students work in pairs - check their ansers

March 8, 2011
Play "Pass the Hat" from Dewey and the Decimals p. 25
1. cut out classification slips from p. 25 of Dewey and the Decimals (note - need to make 3 duplicates to = 30)
2. have kids find books in specific Dewey categories and bring them back
3. Write the 10 dif. dewey classes on paper and tape on windowsill
4. Call on kids individually, show their book and have other kids guess which category they fit under - then discuss where they fit in the Dewey system

March 1, 2011 Dewey Decimal System/Key Words
Have kids in tech lab - look up books from different team - each kid has an individual title to look up - and take it to the floor. Then discuss each title's key words - if you were going to look it up on the computer

February 22, 2011
Divide class into 10 teams - assign each a Dewey category - send them to bring back 6-10 books from that category (smaller # for 400's) and report the findings of their investigation - make sure to modify the worksheet to include specific call number

February 15, 2011
Read aloud - The Great Dewey Hunt by Toni Buzzeo
Discuss how we are going to do something similar in the library next week

February 8, 2011
Read aloud - Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything!
During check out - each child needs to find (not checkout) but find and show me - book by call number - see files on Nonfiction call numbers
February 1, 2011
book fair
January 25, 2011
book fair video

January 18, 2011 - Research Skills - Index Review

UseLarry Brimner's Bees as example - borrow from public library
make copies of index for all kids (make them small)
Choose one volunteer from audience to explain how to use index - show them how to use it using a bee question
Choose two volunteers for information race - one may use the index - one may not use index
Give students worksheets with questions based on index
Stretchy Library Lessons by Pat Miller - Research Skills p. 43

January 11, 2011 - Research Skills - Encyclopedia

Note - next year - don't use note cards - use these same words - but modify the 3rd grade worksheet to keep kids focussed Encyclopedia activity - remember to talk about not copying from encyclopedia, put things in your own words. Give each child a word to look up in the encyclopedia - then have them write down 3 facts about that subject using their own words. Put labels on 3 x 5 index cards - have students put name on card under the word - then write down the facts on the back of the card.external image msword.png Encyclopedia word labels.doc

January 4, 2011 - Endangered Animals
Read Aloud - Buffalo Song by Josephy Bruchac (PL)
talk about resources for research

December 21, 2010 - Christmas

- Christmas Story - Have kids guess genre of story
Papa Panov's Special Day by Tolstoy

December 13, 2010 - Fables

Comparing Aesop's Fables with Modern Fables - applying lessons to real life!
Elements of a Fable
All fables feature animals (or occasionally, objects) who speak and act like human beings. All fables contain a moral.
Read Aloud - intro to Squids will be Squids by Sciezcka
Read - traditional fable -The Grasshopper and the Ants p. 12 Jerry Pinkney's Aesop's Fables
Read Grasshopper Logic - Squids will be Squids

Finish up by reading additional Fables from Squids Will be Squids - have kids guess the moral of the story
Review elements of Fables

Read one Aesop Fable and then read aloud Squids will be Squids by John Sciezka

December 6, 2010 - Tall Tale Continued

Master Man - Reader's Theater

November 30, 2010 - Tall Tale

Tall Tale - Genre Study
Read Aloud - Master Man by Aaron Shepard - hand out reader's theater parts
Mrs. Schwieso
Narrator 1 - Kyle A
Narrator 2 - Lauren B
Narrator 3 - John H
Narrator 4 - Bridget
Shadusa (boy) - Tyler M
Shettu (girl) - Jenna K
Woman - Olivia F
Baby - Jenni F
Master Man - Luke T
Farmer - Josh K
Porter - Nathan W
Stranger - Nate C
Other Farmer 1 - Ryan A
Other Farmer 2 - Madeline H
Other Farmer 3 - Colin
Other Farmer 4 - Jacob L
Other Farmer 5 - Lauren L
Other Farmer 7 - Tim
Other Porter 1 - Hannah F
Other Porter 2 - Carly
Other Porter 3 - Emily L
Other Porter 4 - Kate M
Other Porter 5 - Matt W
Other Porter 6 - Meghan W

Sr. Jodene
Narrator 1 - Katie Z
Narrator 2 - Brian V
Narrator 3 - Karly S
Narrator 4 - Nicolas S
Shadusa (boy) - Zach A
Shettu (girl) - Rebekah
Woman - Lauryn
Baby - Meghan C
Master Man - Eli
Farmer - Joey B
Porter - Brighton
Stranger - Christian
Other Farmer 1 - John C
Other Farmer 2 - Ellie
Other Farmer 3 - Jenna
Other Farmer 4 - Alyssa
Other Farmer 5 - Sam
Other Farmer 6 - Nathan
Other Porter 1 - Megan M
Other Porter 2 - Tessa
Other Porter 3 - Casey
Other Porter 4 - Tony
Other Porter 5 - Daniel
Other Porter 6 - Evan
Other Porter 7 - Martha

November 23, 2010 - Fairy Tale

Discuss definition
Read aloud - Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

November 9, 2010 - Myths

Genre Study - MythsTalk about definition
Read aloud - Pandora By Robert Berleigh - Discussion point - What are the evils that were released into the world? How does having hope help us deal with them? note: Kids loved this book!

November, 2 2010 Legends

Talk talked about legends and I read Tomie De Paola's Christopher- the Holy Giant - about the former St. Christopher - we talked about how popular thesaint was before 1969 and how people had St. Christopher medals with them when theytraveled. We also talked about how the saints are real people and that they didn't havee nough evidence that St. Christopher really lived - so he is a legend. Explanation of a legend - tie to Saint assignment - Christopher: Holy Giant by Tomi DePaola - NOTE: this is a little short - show or read more legends next year.

Legend - a tradition or story handed down from earlier times and popularly accepted as true but actually a mix of fact and fiction. The term is also applied to any fictitious tale concerning a real person, event, or place and is likely to be less concerned with the supernatural than a myth.

October 26, 2010 - Historical Fiction

Explanation of Historical Fiction
read aloud from beginning of Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

October 19, 2010 - Mystery

Explanation of Mystery
read aloud first two chapters of Clue mystery - Who Killed Mr. Boddy?

October 12, 2010 - Fantasy

Explanation of Fantasy -
BFG by Dahl - read chapter titled The BFG

October 5, 2010 - Biography

Explain definition of biography, autobiography - show where they are in library
Read aloud Lost Boy The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan by Jane Yolen - get feedback from kids for book review

September 28, 2010 - Realistic Fiction

Show picture of realistic fiction dude from Joe Bright

Go over basic rules of library and checkout - should be a time to quietly find a book - recommend a book to a friend, read, not a social time.
Use white board - talk about definition of realistic fiction

Read aloud from The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary by Candace Fleming

September 21, 2010 - Poetry

Mrs. Wildner lost her voice

Poetry - played Shel Silverstein CD - Where the Sidewalk Ends and held up for pictures

September 14, 2010

New routine - pick up shelf marker as enter room - keep it with you until line up to go - then put it back in box

Read Aloud - Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes by Jacki Mims Hopkins


Tunnels


May 25, 2010 - Summer Reading program

Get excited about reading wtih book videos - cancelled due to field trip conflict - links given to teachers to show in classroom

A Whole Nother Story


Chasing Vermeer stop when video is done - it keeps going with other books

Nightmare Academy

Kingdom Keepers - scroll to bottom for video

Cryptid Hunters - may be blocked - sometimes it is - sometime it is not

The Year of the Dog - may be blocked

Spiderwick Chronicles

The Book of Elsewhere



Used book sale - Last Day of Library for 4th grade

May 18, 2010 - Book Trading Cards

Library Sparks May/June 2010

1. Review information on book's title page - select one of your favorite fiction or non fiction books from the library collection -
2. Create book trading card http://www.highsmith.com/pdf/librarysparks/2010/lsp_may10_ll_baseball.pdf
3. Have kids decorate the cards and trade with friends - last week to check out books

May 11, 2010 - Scouting Out a Good Book

Adapted from Library Sparks - May/June 2010
http://www.highsmith.com/pdf/librarysparks/2010/lsp_may10_ll_baseball.pdf

1. Sing song - Let's Go to the Library (from magazine) - Read Aloud - Dad, Jackie and Me by Myron Uhlberg
2. Explain we will have an end of the year competition to see which class can read the most books - baseball theme - instead of scouting for outstanding baseball players - we are going to scout for outstanding books they can recommend. Will have to the end of May for the competition. Can also go for the poster - show box of posters and have genre bookmarks ready. Winning team readers will get prize from my prize box. Need to fill out scouting report - and if I ask you about the book - you had better be ready to tell me what happened in the book.

May 4, 2010 - Poetry


Take turns reading aloud from Shel Silverstein - Where the Sidewalk Ends

April 27, 2010

- Dewey Decimal SystemCard Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember

April 20, 2010 - Dewey Decimal System

Card Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember

April 20, 2010- Dewey Decimal System

Play "Pass the Hat" from Dewey and the Decimals p. 25
1. cut out classification slips from p. 25 of Dewey and the Decimals (note - need to make 3 duplicates to = 30)
2. have kids find books in specific Dewey categories and bring them back
3. Write the 10 dif. dewey classes on paper pand tape on windowsill
4. Call on kids individually, show their book and have other kids guess which category they fit under - then discuss where they fit in the Dewey system

April 13, 2010 - Dewey Decimal System

Read aloud - Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything!
During check out - each child needs to find (not checkout) but find and show me - book by call number - see files on Nonfiction call numbers

April 6, 2010

Easter Vacation

March 30, 2010 - Dewey Decimal System/Key Words

Have kids in tech lab - look up books from different team - each kid has an individual title to look up - and take it to the floor. Then discuss each title's key words - if you were going to look it up on the computer

March 23, 2010 - Dewey Decimal System

Divide class into 10 teams - assign each a Dewey category - send them to bring back 6-10 books from that category (smaller # for 400's) and report the findings of their investigation - make sure to modify the worksheet to include specific call number

March 16, 2010 - Dewey Decimal System

Read aloud - The Great Dewey Hunt by Toni Buzzeo
Discuss how we are going to do something similar in the library next week

March 9, 2010 - OPAC

In tech lab - OPAC worksheet

March 2, 2010 - OPAC

Students did not come to library - Mrs. Wildner home with sick child

February 22, 2010 - Genre Study - Informational -

Introduction - after book fair will be studying how informational books organized
Read aloud - Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff

February 16, 2010 - Genre Study - Fable

Talk about definition
Read from Jerry Pinkney's Aesop's Fables

February 9, 2010 - Genre Study - Autobiography

Talk about definition
Read Aloud - Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

February 2 - 4, 2010

Book Fair

January 25, 2010

Book Fair Video

January 18, 2010 - Book Fair Book Talks Preview

Show and read from Lunchbox and the Aliens, Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes, It's Raining Cupcakes, Behind Enemy lines, Dog Whisperer, Magic Tree house Leprechan - also show star wars books.

January 11, 2010 - Research Skills - Index


Use David Brimner's Bees as example - borrow from public library (didn't do this year)
make copies of index for all kids (make them small)
Choose one volunteer from audience to explain how to use index - show them how to use it using a bee question
Choose two volunteers for information race - one may use the index - one may not use index
Give students worksheets with questions based on index
Stretchy Library Lessons by Pat Miller - Research Skills p. 43
Use questions for A True Book - Sports series - questions at school in Lesson Files

January 4, 2010 - Research Skills - Encyclopedia


Encyclopedia activity - remember to talk about not copying from encyclopedia, put things in your own words. Give each child a word to look up in the encyclopedia - then have them write down 3 facts about that subject using their own words. Put labels on 3 x 5 index cards - have students put name on card under the word - then write down the facts on the back of the card.

December 15, 2009 - Genre Study - Biography

Talk about definition
Read aloud - A Boy Named Beckoning by Gina Capoldi (ILL)

December 8, 2009 - Tall Tale Reader's Theater - Fluency

Reader's Theater - Master Man
Mrs. Schwieso - speaking parts to Madelyn, Brett, Hunter, Rainie, Noah, Rachel B, Audra, Tim, Michael T, Nick W, Olivia, Dominid
Sr. Jodene - Danny, Nicole, Kyle, Natalie, Alex, Kelly, Anna, Jack, Tyler, Katie Ganzer, Kathryn Resch, Amy

December 1 - Tall Tale - Genre Study

Read Aloud - Master Man by Aaron Shepard - hand out reader's theater parts

November 24, 2009 - Fairy Tale - Genre Study

Discuss definition
Read aloud - Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

November 10, 2009 - Genre Study - Science Fiction

Discuss definition
Read Aloud - Johnny on the Spot by Edward Sorel

November 3, 2009 - Genre Study - Myths

Talk about definition
Read aloud - Pandora By Robert Berleigh - Discussion point - What are the evils that were released into the world? How does having hope help us deal with them? note: Kids loved this book!

October 27, 2009 - Genre Study - Scary Folk Tale

Read aloud Mean John and the Jack O Lantern An Irish Folktake by Michael Caduto from August House Book of Scary Stories

October 20, 2009 - Genre Study - Poetry

Compare two poems - old poem - Jabberwocky by Louis Carroll and new poem - bring from school

October 13, 2009 - Genre Study - Legends

Talk talked about legends and I read Tomie De Paola's Christopher- the Holy Giant - about the former St. Christopher - we talked about how popular thesaint was before 1969 and how people had St. Christopher medals with them when theytraveled. We also talked about how the saints are real people and that they didn't haveenough evidence that St. Christopher really lived - so he is a legend. Explanation of a legend - tie to Saint assignment - Christopher: Holy Giant by Tomi DePaola - NOTE: this is a little short - show or read more legends next year.

Legend - a tradition or story handed down from earlier times and popularly accepted as true but actually a mix of fact and fiction. The term is also applied to any fictitious tale concerning a real person, event, or place and is likely to be less concerned with the supernatural than a myth.

October 6, 2009 - Genre Study - Fantasy

Explanation of Fantasy -
BFG by Dahl - read chapter titled The BFG

September 29, 2009 - Genre Study - Historical Fiction

Talk about definition of Historical Fiction - write ideas on white board
Read Aloud - Cats in Krasnicki Square by Karen Hesse (not as good as Firekeeper's Son by Linda Park - go back to that next year)
Show kids other 4th grade level historical fiction

September 22, 2009 - Genre Study - Mystery

Go over rules - Respect, Responsibility, Safety - Read aloud - from Clue mystery series Read the first two chapters straight through - write clues on white board and book talk other 4th grade mysteries

September 15, 2009 - Genre Study - Realistic Fiction


Go over basic rules of library and checkout - talk about music during checkout - should be a time to quietly find a book - recommend a book to a friend, read, not a social time.
Use white board - talk about definition of realistic fiction

Read aloud from The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary by Candace Fleming

Notes for 2009/20010 School Year

Make sure use one library period to go over using an index!

Beginning of the year - Read aloud - Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary - use as example of Realistic Fiction
Make sure you include a game of genre reviews!!!! - maybe twice?
- make sure you use plenty of Reid's Read Alouds - perhaps before a practice finding books

NOTE FOR NEXT YEAR - PREP/BACKGROUND FOR ENDANGERED ANIMAL RESEARCH - see Library Sparks - October 2008 p. 39 - Read Buffalo Song by Joseph Bruchac - show Mary of the Research questions in Library Sparks -

Add to Research project prep - When Marion Copied

Week of May 25, 2009

Used book sale - Sr. Jodene's class - finish up Master Man Play
Mrs. Schwieso's class - book talks for summer reading - read aloud - Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary

May 18, 2009 - Tall Tales - Reader's Theater

http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE27.html
Master Man - Reader's Theater

May 11, 2009 - Tall Tales


Talk about components of Tall Tales and Read Master Man by Aaron Shepard - hand out parts for next week afterwards - do Rainstorm exercise from Once Upon a Time p. 56 Judy Freeman

May 4, 2009 - Six Traits of Writing - Ideas

Ideas- compare how two authors address the same ideas
Read Aloud - Wangari's trees of peace by Jeanetter Winter and Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire Nivola

April 27, 2009 - Six Traits of Writing - Voice

Read aloud - I Am the Dog, I am the Cat by Donald Hall
Discuss: How were the cat and dog different - make a chart on white board
If we gave the dog the cat's attitude - what would change?
Choose a moment from the book and change the dog and cat's roles - model for the class
Discuss now the dog and the cat are each unique. Are you rfirends unique? Are you?
Pick two other different animals and list their traits - e.g. bird and fish. Demonstrate using apple vs ourange
Source: Picture Books by Peter Bellamy -. 113

April 20, 2009 - Six Traits of Writing

Fluency - Poetry
Children take turns reading from Giant Children by Brod Bagert and Teds Arnold- read with and without fluency - see the difference

April 13, 2009 - Six Traits of Writing

Easter Vacation

April 6, 2009 - Six Traits of Writing

Conventions - Read Aloud - Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver
Have kids guess which punctuation mark is writing each postcard:
Writing extension. Have kids write their own postcards from a punctuation mark.

March 30, 2009 - Six Traits of Writing

Organization - Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
source: Picture Books - Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
Before Reading
1. Show cover and ask students to predict events - what will it be about?
During Reading
2. As you read - look at organization - does beginning grab attention? are there clues that tell you what is coming?
After Reading - group discussion - white board
3. Do details add to story - what details can you recall?
4. Do you see a pattern? Do the ants always have a reason to move on?
5. Does the ending leave you and the ants in a good spot? What makes it good?

Discuss how the book is organized - and how this allows for ideas to develop

March 23, 2009 - Nonfiction Booktalks from Gotcha

Source: Gotcha for Guys by Baxter
Xerox book talks and pull books from shelves
Adkins - What If You Met a Pirate? 910.4 ADK
Ghosts of the Nile 932 HAR
Ancient Rome 937 Ros
Duel of the Ironclads 973.7 O'B
The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence 973.3 St
Reaching for the Moon 921 Ald
In Your Face 611.92
ER Vets 626.089 Jac
Gorilla Doctors 333.95 Tur
Fantastic Feats and Failures 624.1 Fan
Fooled You 001.9 Pas

March 16, 2009 - Six Traits of Writing

Genre bookmarks - explain and show different examples
Realistic Fiction, Biography, Myth, Informational, Fantasy

March 9, 2009 - Dewey Decimal System

Card Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember

March 2, 2009 - Dewey Decimal System

Card Game - Let's Do the Dewey - put up signs with the sections listed - to help kids remember

February 23, 2009 - Dewey Decimal System

Play "Pass the Hat" from Dewey and the Decimals p. 25
1. cut out classification slips from p. 25 of Dewey and the Decimals (note - need to make 3 duplicates to = 30)
2. have kids find books in specific Dewey categories and bring them back
3. Write the 10 dif. dewey classes on paper pand tape on windowsill
4. Call on kids individually, show their book and have other kids guess which category they fit under - then discuss where they fit in the Dewey system

February 16, 2009 - Dewey Decimal System

Dewey Decimal System Introduction
Read Aloud - What Marion Taught Willis by Brook Berg - move down to 3rd grade next year
1st - have kids predict what the story might be about. - at the end discuss our predictions and did they come true?

February 9, 2009 - Folklore/Legends/Multicultural

Reserve from public library - Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chines Zodiac by Ed Young and print off copy of zodiac from internet for each student
- Prepare bookmark on p. 66 for each student on red paper
Learn about marking of Time - Chinese New Year - also about location of China and Vietnam on globe
1. Locate China and Vietnam on Globe - Vietnam celebrates New Year Hyolyday Called Tet - same time as chinese new Year - but animals slightly different
- This year Chinese new year will be 4707 - Celebrated on January 26
3. Read aloud Cat and Rat: Legend of Chinese Zodiac -
4. Talk about why years different
5. Give kids the book mark - Happy New Year
Pat Miller's Stretchy Library Activities - Multicultural Activities p. 66, 67

February 2, 2009


No School

January 24, 2009

book fair

January 17, 2009

book fair video

January 12, 2009 - Research Skills - Index

Research - Index
Use David Brimner's Bees as example - borrow from public library
make copies of index for all kids (make them small)
Choose one volunteer from audience to explain how to use index - show them how to use it using a bee question
Choose two volunteers for information race - one may use the index - one may not use index
Give students worksheets with questions based on index
Stretchy Library Lessons by Pat Miller - Research Skills p. 43
Use questions for A True Book - Sports series - questions at school in Lesson Files

January 5, 2009 - Research Skills - Encyclopedia


Encyclopedia activity - remember to talk about not copying from encyclopedia, put things in your own words. Give each child a word to look up in the encyclopedia - then have them write down 3 facts about that subject using their own words. Put labels on 3 x 5 index cards - have students put name on card under the word - then write down the facts on the back of the card.


December 28, 2008 - Christmas Vacation December 21, 2008 - Christmas Vacation


December 14, 2008


- Christmas Story - Have kids guess genre of story
Papa Panov's Special Day by Tolstoy


December 7, 2008 - Dewey Decimal system

Kids got pretty crazy with charade's game
Know the System - Game modified from Funbrarian p. 23 -25 - purpose is not to memorize book location - but rather begin to build an understanding of classification.

1. Copy Dewey Decimal system from p. 25
2. On White index cards writt out things that the group will act out infront of the class. Each Act out card will have a word based on nonfiction books and the general Dewey number (see po. 23 and p. 24

1. Review dewey decimal system and discuss classification based on hundreds
2. Divide class in 4 or five groups - Give each group a copy of p. 25 with the Dewey summaries
3. Ask one group to come to the fornt of the class. Hand them an act out card. Give the team a minute to figure out how they will act out the word on the card. They can speak, but can't say the word on the card
4. Have the team act out the card. Then ask the other teams to identify what section of the Dewey Decimal system it would fall under and raise the appropriate number of fingers - fists for 0, etc up to 10
5. If all teams answer correctly, the whole calss earns a point
6. Then have the next group come up
7. Review Dewey Decimal system


December 1, 2008 - Research Skills

Preparation for endangered animal report- which will be assigned after Christmas. Our Librarian Won't Tell Us Anything by Toni Buzzeo - and exercise in finding non-fiction books by call number. Need to upload document on call numbers for easy future reference