Monday, February 10, 2020

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day falls on February 17th this year.  Our school will be on mid-winter break that week so we are celebrating it early.  Here are some RAK freebies and a list of books to help you celebrate, too!

I created this little freebie a couple of years ago. You can download it HERE.

This freebie includes bookmarks in both color and black and white for your friends to color.

Also included are two activity sheets that help students think about how they can show kindness.

And there is also a colorful sign you can use to display along with your favorite books about kindness.  Here are some of our favorites:







We especially like THIS one!

And use Emily Arrows' video to go along with the book.

There are a ton of RAK freebies avaialble for download on TpT to help you celebrate this week. Here are a few I found:

Click HERE to download this freebie from the Reading and Writing Redhead.

Click HERE to download this freebie from the Bubbly Blonde Teacher.

Click HERE to download this freebie from Teacher Idea Factory.

And checkout all these fun ideas on my Kindness Pinterest Board.  So many ways to celebrate kindness!

How do you celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day?

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Favorite Book Series for Young Readers

Our media center is set up so that students can easily browse for books that they want to read and are able to read independently.

One of the sections in our media center houses our picture books (both fiction and nonfiction) that are on a K and 1st grade reading level. 

These are books that are marked with a large paw print (like our Wildcat Favorites) and then a small paw print on top. This section is where kindergarten begins browsing the shelves for the first time, but all grade levels still love to get books from this section.  And why wouldn't they? These are the books that most likely got them to fall in love with books.

These books are placed on the shelf in alphabetical order by author's last name, but occasionally I will place them on top of the shelf on a smaller "spotlight" shelf and may eventually make their way to the Wildcat Favorites section.  (see the post about Wildcat Favorites HERE)

To make locating a book even easier, I use Demco book stops label with the series, if we have at least 3 books in a series.  Since I began using book stops, students are much more independent when they are looking for books, which helps when I am stuck behind the circulation desk.

This is a current list of the fiction series books that are in the Junior Wildcat section in our media center:

Fly Guy
Berenstain Bears
Bad Kitty (picture books)
Eric Carle
Curious George
Lllama Llama
Amelia Bedelia
Pete the Cat
Margaret Hillert
Little Critter
Truck Town
Star Wars
Elephant and Piggie

What popular series do you have for your littles to read?  Do you have a special section for those books?

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Wildcat Favorites- Our Favorite Series

Since February is Love to Read Month, I thought I would share some of the series we have in our media center, beginning with our favorites.  When I first started as a media specialist nine years ago, my friend and more experienced media specialist Mary Dean, gave me a suggestion that has been one of the best ideas as far as book access goes-create a favorite section.  Her section is called gold star books and those books are labeled with a gold star on the spine, for easy shelving.

In our media center, this section is the Wildcat Favorites and are labeled with a paw print sticker.

When labeling the series, I try to place the paw print sticker at the top of the book, that way if the series is numbered, the number can go at the top of the book on top of the paw print.  This is  not always possible, as sometimes the sticker will block some of the title-which I hate. So in that case, the paw print sticker goes at the bottom. The color of the paw print doesn't matter.

Just like any section of a library, this section is fluid.  Series that were in the Wildcat Favorites when I first started may not be there any more and as new series become popular, those get moved into this section as well.  This is by far the most frequented section of the media center, and is usually where students head to first.

So that all students have a fair opportunity to check out their favorites, students may only get one book from a series at a time.  1st-3rd can get one Wildcat Favorite and 4th-5th can get two.  This is because 4th and 5th have a higher checkout limit as they don't have the time to visit the media center as often as the other grade levels.

Currently these books are arranged from early chapter books, to upper fiction, to middle grade fiction in alphabetical order by series title.  Here are the series that are currently located in the Wildcat Favorite section:

Everybody Chapter Books and Graphic Novels

Arnie the Doughnut Dog
Bad Kitty
Dog Man
Eerie Elementary
Rainbow Magic Fairies
Ivy & Bean
Judy Moody
Junie B.
Katie Kazoo
Kitty Korner
Lunch Lady
LEGO Ninjago
Magic Tree House
My Weird School
My Weirder School
My Weird School Daze
The Notebook of Doom
Owl Diaries
Ricky Ricotta

Upper Fiction Chapter Books

Captain Underpants
I Survived
Jewel Thieves
Katie Kazoo
Minecraft Adventure novels
The Never Girls
Stick Cat
Stick Dog
Whatever After

Middle Grade Fiction Chapter Books 
(reserved for 4th and 5th graders)

The 39 Clues
Artemis Fowl
Dork Diaries
The Genius Files
Harry Potter
The Heroes of Olympus
I Funny
Infinity Ring
Jedi Academy
Kane Khronicles
Last Kids on Earth
Middle School
Percy Jackson
Spirit Animals
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Wings of Fire

What are the favorite series at your school?