Monday, February 18, 2019

February is Love to Read Month

We are celebrating reading this month as February is Love to Read Month.

Here are some fun way we've been celebrating reading.

We kicked off February with our Spring Book Fair.  

The Book Fair is always so much fun and our students love getting new books to read.

And for the next two weeks, our students participated and continue to participate in our Love to Read Month centers.

Here is what our centers look like:

Amazing ABC Order

Students use Styrofoam cups that have authors' names written on them to stack the cups in ABC order. They can then check their answers to see if they were correct.

I Spy

Students look for library words hidden in rice.  I use a small orange juice bottle to put the rice in.  I copy the words on to cardstock, laminate it and cut them out.  Then I place the words into the bottle with the rice.  Students have to shake the bottle in order to find the words.   When they find a word, they write it down. They try to find as many words as they can.

Book Words

Using magnetic letter tiles, students spell as many words as they can think of that have to do with books and reading.  They write their words down on a recording sheet.

Book Love

Students write about their favorite book.  These slips are then put onto our special bulletin board in the hallway for everyone to read.  Hopefully someone will find a new book to read based on what other students love.


Student create and color their own bookmarks to keep or give away.


Students work on completing puzzles with a book theme.

Name That Book

Students try to guess the book that has been shredded.  (Don't worry.  This was a book that had sever water damage and could no longer circulate.)

And to tie it all together, I created a special bulletin board of our most favorite reads based on circulation for the past year.  I just love how it turned out.

I have put all of these center signs, forms, and bulletin board display signs in a packet.  You can purchase this packet in my Teacher's Dojo store by clicking HERE.

Are you celebrating Love to Read Month?  I'd love to hear about it.  Drop me a line in the comments and let me know.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Even though Kindness Week is officially over for this year, our school is celebrating Kindness Week this week, so I thought I'd share a Kindness Week freebie and some Kindness Week resources.

Random Acts of Kindness Day is just around the corner and I have a freebie for you to help celebrate.

This freebie includes free bookmarks,

a special kindness books display sign,


and two activity sheets for students to fill out about how they can show kindness.
Just click HERE to download this freebie.

You can read more about Random Acts of Kindness Day HERE, and although it is over for this year, you can also find out about Kindness Week HERE to plan for next year.

When talking about kindness, I like to read Be a Friend by Salina Yoon.

And then we follow up with Emily Arrow's Be a Friend video, which is based on the book.  Emily Arrow is the BEST!  If you've never heard her songs or seen her videos, I highly recommend checking them out.  They are totally fun and happy!

Here are some of my other favorite kindness books that you might like to use for Random Acts of Kindness Day:

Do you have any favorite books about kindness?

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Valentine's Day Resources

Can you believe it's almost Valentine's Day?  If feels like we were just celebrating  New Years!

I have some fun resources for you to help make Valentine's Day extra special.

I created these fun bookmarks that you can purchase HERE  in my Teacher's Dojo store.

I've also created a freebie if you'd like to sample to bookmarks first.  You can download those HERE in my Teacher's Dojo store.

I have also uploaded this Valentine's Day signs freebie.  These signs are perfect for book displays or bulletin boards to highlight Valentine's Day books or just books kids will love.  Click HERE to download these signs for free in my Teacher's Dojo store.

A fun library activity to use is this red and white call number sorting center, perfect for Valentine's Day or even for Read Across America. Click HERE to view this product in my Teacher's Dojo store.

And I also have created this shelf order center that will help students practice putting call numbers in shelf order.  Again, this product would work for Valentine's Day or for Read Across America.  Click HERE to view this product in my Teacher's Dojo store.

Do you have anything special planned for Valentine's Day?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Super Bowl Fun in the Media Center

It's almost Super Bowl Sunday!  Are your students getting excited about the big game? Why not bring in some pregame excitement to the Media Center?

These fun library centers will help your students practice shelf order and call numbers in a fun way.

This center has students sort call numbers into the main sections they would fit into- Easy (or Everybody, Everyone), Fiction, and Nonfiction.  You can check out this center HERE in my Teacher's Dojo store.

This center allows students to practice putting call numbers in shelf order.  It includes an easy, average, and a challenge level so even your upper elementary students will be challenged.  You can check out this center HERE in my Teacher's Dojo store.

To make these centers even more fun, you can play them Minute to Win It style.  Make several sets and have groups or tables compete to put the cards in the correct order in just one minute.  The kids love it and they are learning at the same time!

Are you doing anything special for Super Bowl Sunday?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Martin Luther King Day Freeibe

Are you looking for a way to teach your littles about Martin Luther King Day and why we celebrate it? 

One of my favorite books for teaching about this special man and his special day is Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo.  I read this book to both my Kindergarten friends and my first grade friends each year.  We talk about how laws have changed and why that is important. We talk about how things would be different if these laws still exist-yes, kindergarteners and first graders can answer this questions and often have some wonder insight.

After we read the book, students go to their tables to draw their favorite part of the story and to draw what they can do to help Mr. King's dream come true.

Look at the pictures they drew!  

You can grab this discussion sheet  HERE for free in my Teacher's Dojo store.  

There are three sheets to choose from.  You could easily make a display with the students' responses.  

How do you celebrate Martin Luther King Day?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Genre Activities

Are you looking for some activities to teach genres?  Got you covered.  Check out these awesome activities:

Introduce genres with these activity packs:

You can try out this free Historical Fiction pack to get an idea of the types of activities included in the genre packs.  Click HERE to access this freebie.

Or try this Realistic Fiction Activity Pack freebie. This is a free download from my Google Drive.  

In order to save the file, you will need to download it to your computer by clicking on the arrow next to the three dots in the top left-hand corner.

After teaching the mystery genre, have students match up genre vocabulary words and definitions as a quick check for understanding.

There is also a 4th-6th grade version.

And here are some lessons for Fantasy and Science Fiction...

Each lesson comes with an introduction to genres as well as an activity.

The Fantasy and Science Fiction lesson has an augmented reality activity to check for understanding.  Students check their answers with Hp Reveal.

There is also a 4th-6th grade version.

Use this Genre Sort Activity Pack to review genres after you've taught them.  Includes book descriptions that student read and then decide what genre the book would fit in. Students check their answers with QR codes.

And if you need some posters to display as anchor charts or bookmarks to handout to reinforce your lessons- got you covered there, too.

Includes posters for 28 different genres including...


This product includes bookmarks for 28 different genres including...


OR purchase the Genre Mega Pack and get the posters and bookmarks at a discounted price!

And don't forget, Teacher's Dojo offers a discount on your first purchase.

Click HERE to visit my Teacher's Dojo store.