Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Bookmarks

No? Then snag yours from my TpT store.

There is a free sample pack of 4 which includes 2 color and 2 black and white bookmarks as well as a pack of 20 including 16 color and 4 black and white bookmarks.

Click HERE or on the picture above to download the 4 free Christmas sample bookmark pack on my TpT store.

Want more?

Click HERE or on the picture above to download the 20 Christmas bookmarks for $2.50 on my TpT store.

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, December 6, 2013

How Santa Got His Job Freebie

This week I read a fun Christmas story to my kindergarten and first grade classes.

After reading the story, we discussed the characters in the story and talked about all the jobs that Santa had, before he became "Santa."  

Then we completed this activity sheet.  You can get a copy HERE or by clicking on the picture above.

What are some of your favorite Christmas stories to share this time of year?

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Centers!

It has been such a busy year that I haven't had a chance to change my centers much, but a few weekends ago I got busy and finished up a couple of new centers that I have been trying to put together since the beginning of the year.  I only put them out every other week because I need the tables for 2nd-5th grade lessons every other week, so maybe it wasn't noticed as much as it might have been if I had permanent weekly centers.  I was able to put out the new centers this week and the kids seem to really be enjoying them.

I was inspired by this pin I found on Pinterest to make my own library version of Connect 4.

And so I created a 4 in a Row library game.  

I found this game on Amazon over the summer. When I found it, it was only around $8.  The price is more now, but it was a good deal then so I grabbed it.

Last week I was able to get some cute book pieces made to hot glue on top to make the pieces look "library-ish."  It has been a big hit. I've had to make sure that the students know it is a 2 player only game.  I might have to invest in a second game so that more can play at one time.  You can get a copy of the game pieces to glue on to the plastic pieces here or click on the picture above.

I have been wanting to make these Find-It Shaker bottles like the ones on Sunny Days in Second Grade for the longest time.

I finally got around to typing up some library vocabulary words, printed them on card stock, laminated them and cut them out.  Then I put them into my I Spy bottles with some colored rice.  I dyed the rice at the end of the summer to have ready to put this center together. Can't believe it's taken me this long to finish it, but at least it's done.  And the kids think it's fun.  I made a little answer sheet to go with the center.  You can snag a copy of it and the vocabulary words here.

And finally, I put together my library Jenga game that I purchased from Mrs. Lodge on Teachers Pay Teachers.  As of the writing of this post, she was having a sale in her store, so you could get this pack for only $4.00.  Woot! Woot!  You can read about how she uses it in her library here.

I had to change a few questions to fit what I've been teaching in the Media Center, but the kids are having a blast with it, so it was worth the extra effort.

I have kept the puzzle center and the create your own bookmark center the same because they are so popular.  I have some free signs for the puzzle and bookmark center in my center pack which you can find here and on my freebies page.  So far I haven't heard any complaints that 2 centers are the same.  So I guess I am good on centers for another 9 weeks.  LOL

Do you have library centers? What are some of your favorites?

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Skypeing in the Media Center...Finally!

You might remember from this post that I had a goal to try to do some Skype lessons.  Well, as it so happens, I got my ducks in a row early in the year and was able to sign up for some Skype library time with Jenny Levinson, a SLMS in Florida.  We have Skyped a couple of times now and the kids really enjoy it.  I think it's fun for them to not only get to have storytime from someone different and new, but also for them to get to experience that technology.

The first Skype session was with a smaller class because I was a bit nervous about how it would go.  There were a few minor sound issues, and one student lost a tooth during one of the books, but other than that it went well.  The kids seemed to enjoy it so I decided I would try my hand at it again with a larger class.

The next class was a very active Kindergarten class so I was super nervous again. But they did very well, especially considering that we were having sound issues again.  The kids were so cute reading along and they got a kick out of Ms. Jennifer talking about the things she could see them doing.

After this second lesson, I began doing a little technical search to find out about the sound issues and found it has to do with our bandwidth. Unfortunately, the only way I found to fix this problem is to increase the bandwidth and I don't think my county is going to pay for that just so that I can do Skype lessons. So I either try it with an iPad and Apple TV or the app Reflector to see if that will work, or just live with the cutting in and out.  I definitely want to try Skypeing again.  However, I want to fix the sound issue first.

Anyone having this same issue and have any suggestions (besides increasing the bandwidth)?

P.S.  You can find me on Skype @MESMediaCenter.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Updated Bulletin Board Sets

I've been working on updating my No Lost or Overdue Books bulletin board sets to include posters for the week as well as the month. I've made the signs and awards to include no lost or overdue books "this week," "last week," "this month," and "last month."  I've also tried to include more "mature" clipart in some of the sets for the upper grades.  Hopefully that will cover everyone's needs.  =)

These Homerooms Rock set is available here.
Wild About These Homerooms set is available here.
Super Homeroom set is available here.

Because I've added a few more pages, the price is now $3.00, but that's still a great price for all you get.

If you've already purchased these packs, you can download the updated version for free on your TpT account.

And I've created a brand new set, by request.  It's a sports themed pack.  You can check it out by clicking here or by clicking on the picture above.

All of these packs are included in the TpT sale which ends today.  Just enter promo code CYBER at checkout and save 28%.

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, December 2, 2013


While I was on my way to visit family over Thanksgiving break, I received an email from Teacher Certification Degrees letting me know that The Book Bug was listed on their Top 50 School Library Blogs. What an honor to be included among some of the best out there.

And this year, they have developed a new system for how blogs appear on the list.  It's based on some algorithm showing searches and activity on each blog as well as Twitter, so the list is always changing.  Kind of cool.

You can check out all the blogs here.  I bet you will even find some new blogs to follow.

I guess it is fitting that this post falls when it does. This is my 200th post.  I can't believe I've written that many!  LOL Thanks for sticking with me through them all.  =)