Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DOT Day and MORE

Last week I celebrated Dot Day with the Kindergartners.  We started out reading and discussing"The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds.

After We discussed what the words 'dot' and 'day' meant.  The students looked at a Google Map and we talked about what the word 'international' meant.  Some students shared stories about themselves or families traveling to some of the countries I pointed out.

This was only my second week with the students and their first time taking a book home, so I created a quick worksheet for them to create their very own dots and take home.  They absolutely LOVED creating their own dots and asked to create more.

To learn more about Dot Day go here: http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

First grade:
First grade read the story "Miss Brooks Loves Books: (and I Don't)" by Barbara Bottner.  If you have never read this book, you are missing something.  The librarian loves books and does many things such as dress up for reading time to let the kids know about her love for books.  When she asks the kids to choose a book they love and dress up for the class during Book Week, the main character and narrator cannot find a book she loves, she hates all books.  Then, she finds Shrek. 

Second grade:
Each year I start second grade out with "coloring the library". The students enjoy the activity.  They get a map and we color it section by section.  It takes at least two classes to describe the books in each section and color the map.  We end with the Reference Section and use a dictionary to define the word "variety".  We discuss the definition and how it applies to the library.  Once complete, students are required to select a variety of books when they are choosing books to take home.  While I hate to limit what they can and cannot take home, I like students to be introduced to different kinds of books and the library is the best place. 

We also break and read  "Stella Louella's Runaway Book" by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Third and Fourth Graders  continued their QR hunt.

**My post is 9 hours later than planned thanks to these guys**

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