I don't share many of my kindergarten lessons, mostly because this is the area where I feel the weakest as a media specialist new to elementary. I never feel like my kindergarten lessons ever really turn out all that special. However, this week I hit GOLD when a kindergarten teacher shared with me that students were studying community helpers. I thought about sharing a little lesson on the community helper that I know best....the librarian, of course!
I set to work pulling any books on libraries or librarians in my collection. Keep in mind that 60% plus of my collection is out-dated (I'm weeding y'all...just takes time), so there wasn't much to pull from. But I did find a few things. The best was a cute Cloverleaf book titled "Meet the Librarian". It is a cute and fairly modern take on what the job of a school librarian truly is. So, that was my read-aloud.
At the beginning of the lesson, I asked students to share which community helpers they were learning about and they did a great job. They were very eager. Then, I told them I would be sharing my favorite of all community helpers....the librarian! I was wearing my professional badge on a lanyard as usual, so I told them to think about my "uniform" and guess which thing I wore every single day. They guessed and then I told them they would be librarians for the day and proceeded to give them lanyards to wear. They absolutely LOVED this!!! And these weren't anything special I made for the lesson, but are the very same lanyards I use for my library workers each morning! Easy peasy!
I did my read aloud and we reviewed the many jobs of a librarian. I then took the students on a little tour of librarian-ish things in the library....like the book cart.....which is unbelievably exciting to kindergarteners! It was so cute! Then, if time allowed, we had an activity sheet that was called "What belongs in the library?" and they had to color items that belonged and circle items that did not. It was so fun to see them identify the cute librarian, sitting at her circulation desk surrounded by books! (Although we all know that we rarely get to just sit at the circulation desk!) The coloring is always a big favorite of kinders.
And that's all folks. It was that simple. Not flashy, but effective. And the teachers seemed pretty happy that I was able to tie the library lesson in to what they are working on in class. It doesn't always happen that way, but when it does, it is pretty sweet.
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