March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Texas Independence Day! Yes, we are doing centers in the library! We have Dr Seuss books to read, a STEM activity using cups and index cards, Dr. Seuss website, Texas Senate website, Texas matching game, make a Dr. Seuss bookmark, ring toss, and and Texas coloring pages. My Prekindergarten 3 friends made Horton’s ear hats!
Last Monday, February 5, was the 100th day of school. All of our prek 4, kinder, and first grade students were invited to participate. I set up the library with seven to ten stations, depending on the grade level, and students rotated every 5 minutes to each station. The students had so much fun! We had a variety of activities including; jumping from each square on the story rug counting to 100, making bracelets with beads and each bead representing 10, rolling a dice to practice using tally marks, stamping 5 objects in a box to make 100, counting the bookshelves to make 100, and more. It was a successful learning day!
Last week we had an ice day and it messed our whole schedule up! Short weeks are good to get rest, but it throws a wrench in the plans! Not to fear, Makerspace is here! Our kinder and first graders read Robot by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon. This week they made their own robots out of lunch bags and construction paper! Second and third graders students read Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran . They made their own town out of construction paper and egg cartons. Fourth and Fifth graders read Roller Coaster by Maria Frazee. They made their own roller coasters out of sentence strips. I love watching the students create. They get really excited and share with their friends and me!
In January, all month long, our Pre-Kindergarten 3 & 4 will be reading Mother Goose stories. This week we read and sang, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by James Dean. Afterwards our Pre-K 4 students made their own star with the help of their 5th grade reading buddies! Glitter in the library!! It was so much fun watching the 5th graders help our Pre-K students! There was so much laughter and happy voices! Yes, it was loud!!! Our Pre-K 3 students made star shakers with beans inside. I forgot to take pictures!!
Since Oct 20 until now we have been so busy in the Library! During the week of Oct 20-24, PreK-3 and PreK-4 read, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. They then colored the items from the story and made a scarecrow. Kinder learned what happens to pumpkins when they sit outside and begin to rot in an old garden by reading, Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell. Our first graders were given a “book” to shelve by reading the spine label. I heard some comment about how hard that was, but happy they were able to complete the task. Our third, fourth, and fifth graders used the online catalog to complete a scavenger hunt.
The past two weeks, Oct 30- Nov 9, our students are Celebrating Native American Heritage Month with many activities. PreK-3 and PreK-4, listened to the drums from a Pow Wow and were able to play on a little drum. This week we read, Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman and Sylvia Long. They began decorating their vests by coloring a design and will finish the vest next week. Our Kinder students read, Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams Inspired by Navajo Culture and Folklore Written by Gwen Jackson. Next week they will make their own Navajo blanket using construction paper pattern blocks. First grade learned about pictographs and wrote their own story. Next week they will paint their story on “buffalo skin” (paper bags). Third grade has been researching tribes that live in North America. They were assigned a region. Then they chose a topic to create about that region or tribe. Fourth grade have been researching tribes that lived in Texas. They chose a topic and are recreating an object or a scene. Fifth grade chose a tribe and are going to make a poster about that tribe. I cannot wait to see the final products and post pictures. They will continue this fro the rest of November.
Our students made a Day of the Dead altar by coloring sugar skulls or flowers. We also had a visit from author and illustrator Shelley Anne Jackson.