This is the fourth post in a series on library lessons for October 2017. Read the previous post HERE.
It's hard to believe we've already arrived at the middle of the month! This post will be somewhat abbreviated, as this week included two days out of school for our district's fall break. Without Monday and Tuesday classes, I didn't see any Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd graders and I also missed two of my 3rd grade groups. Then, we had Georgia Power presentations (energy conservation) on Thursday morning in the library, so I didn't get to host my regular 4th grade lessons this week either! So, what to do with a "messed-up" week? READ, of course!
In keeping with the monster theme, the 3rd grade classes that I did see this week listened to Bone Soup by Cambria Evans. The main character is not really a monster, but a skeleton. However, there is a monster in the story so I felt like it was a good fit. The book is such a treat! Ms. Evans was inspired by the soup her mother made for her each Halloween season. She took this inspiration to write a new version of the stone soup story and it was a big hit with the kids! The story also features fabulous vocabulary, so it tied right in to the previous lessons I've done with 3rd graders on adjectives. They really did love this story and reacted with lots of "ooo...gross!" and "yucky" commentary as I read aloud. After the read aloud, we did book check-out and silent sustained reading...the kids and the teachers really enjoyed this. Sometimes I forget how much everyone just wants some quiet time to enjoy their books.
The only other group I was able to see this week were my sweet PreK students. They come on Fridays for a short story time, so the crazy schedule didn't interfere with their regular library time. I read aloud Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin and we had fun naming all of the colors in the story. I also found a plush red crayon doll while cleaning out a back storage space and thought it was the perfect compliment to the lesson. We asked "RED" to join us for the story and we waited patiently to get to the page in the story that features the red crayon. I forgot to take a picture of the crayon I have, but it is very similar to the one pictured below.
This book was fun and I will certainly use it again. I also introduced the concept of an illustrator and used the "scribble" pictures in the book to talk a little about book care....."we don't scribble in our library books with crayons do we?" and "the illustrator is the person who chooses what to draw in the book" and so forth.
So that's a wrap on a 3-day week of quick lessons. I'll be back next week to finish out the series with our 4th week of activities. It is sure to be a busy week and we will be gearing up to announce our winners for the Eye Candy Contest (eyeballs in a jar) for the month! Our school also hosts a Monster Mash dance for the students next week, so that will be the perfect ending to this month of monster-themed fun.
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