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Sometimes I get lucky and things work out better than I planned. Not often, but sometimes. When working on lesson plans for my 2nd grade students this past weekend, I felt uninspired. I am still a bit overwhelmed and with my first book fair approaching, I found myself wanting something simple.
My dilemma was solved when I remembered that I had started the year with a Library Ninja lesson purchased through TpT. (Get it HERE) The lesson was a big hit with 2nd graders and each week when they've returned, I've taken to calling them my Library Ninjas. They love it.
I had also purchased the matching ninja clip art from The Library Fox (which I used as part of my lesson) and it was sitting under-utilized in my Google Drive. (Get the clip art HERE) I quickly threw together a Google Slides presentation as a refresher for our previous lessons. Then, I added a statement about the current lesson.
In order to teach my ninjas about returning books on time, I thought it would be fun to read aloud Splat the Cat and the Late Library Book. It is a fun read and would be a good choice for our last lesson before the madness of the book fair ensues.
Sidebar: I absolutely LOVE Splat the Cat books. Everyone is always talking about Pete the Cat...you see costumes and bulletin boards and big buttons with Pete....but rarely have I seen this with Splat. And, in my humble opinion, Splat is just as awesome. His facial expressions are absolutely priceless. I may identify with him more than Pete because Splat is a bit of an excessive worrier and over-thinker....I tend to be one of those, too.
Monday arrived and I had my slideshow ready to present and went to retrieve my Splat book. Um....it wasn't in my bag. I looked high and low all over my office and....no luck. I couldn't find my precious Splat book anywhere!!! I knew I had it. I knew where it should be. What to do?! I mean the panic was really setting in because my first class would be arriving in less than 15 minutes and I had NO BOOK!!!!
YouTube to the rescue. I found a sweet video of a mom reading the book to her son. I quickly embedded it into my slideshow (thank you Ge-Anne Bolhuis for teaching me about Google Slides) and voila! I was ready for my classes.
The lesson worked out better than I planned because I was able to honestly stress the importance of putting our library books in our book bags the night before school so that we have them on library days. The kids had a great "shock- and-awe" moment when they realized that I was the one who had forgotten to return a library book. And of course, Splat had them in stitches! Here is my little lesson if you are interested...
The best part about the lesson was that it promoted books! I unintentionally created a supply and demand crisis in the library! The kids were all eager to ask, "where are the Splat the Cat books?" and I was happy to answer. They flew off the shelves and out the doors!
Here is a picture I found of my Splat collection at the beginning of the school year. (Yes, I took pictures of everything for posterity's sake. And yes, I'm still cringing over all of the leveled labels on these books...but I digress.)
Here is a picture after my lesson with Splat. It is obvious that great books can be under-circulated if not shared with students. My lesson wasn't something spectacular. It wasn't even really blog-worthy. But, the lesson paid off in a multitude of dividends...the best being that Splat is now in the hands of young readers who are excited to have found something new. And maybe, just maybe, they will return the books on time.
Oh, and I still haven't found my Splat the Cat and the Late Library Book book.
Overwhelmed. Just the word alone evokes a sense a panic in my spirit today. I'm a glass-half-full kind of gal, but I think the stress of being in graduate school, changing jobs, and trying to figure out everything I need to DO for my new position just has gotten the better of me this week! I don't think the overcast and rainy days we've had this week are helping either. More storms predicted for today and tomorrow. As a matter of fact, they have forecast rain for the entire week.
I wanted to just dump all of my complaints here. I wanted to first tell you that I almost had a meltdown yesterday while seeking answers to a question about kindergarten book selection. The answers I found were all different....not one media specialist does it the same. Then, I went into my bedroom to take photos for this gripe-session-of-a-blog post. Why? Because I have stacks of materials from my former office plus new stuff I've been accumulating for the library. And I was determined to share those photos here and tell you how I'm so overwhelmed that I can't even consider my bedroom a respite anymore. Then......this thing happened.
I noticed the big canvas artwork I purchased at a local Fred's. (Anybody else out there love Fred's? Great discount store.) The canvas is in the left corner of the bottom picture. Notice it? It has a big umbrella. A pink umbrella. All umbrellas should be pink. Such a bright and fun color...although you can't tell because it is so cloudy here that even with the lights on and a brightened filter, my photo is still too dark! I digress. The point is that the canvas says...."When it rains, look for rainbows."
Did you notice too that the "rainbows" lettering is covered up by that rolled up rug and all that Pacon paper I bought?! I mean it is a perfect metaphor for how I've been feeling!!! My rainbow is covered up by all the clutter and thoughts and worry. But...no more. Blog posts can be a little therapeutic that way.
I still have tons of stuff on my mind. I'm still worried about how to handle book check-out for kinders. I'm still buried in graduate work that must be done by a deadline. But...I'm looking for rainbows. They are there somewhere.
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