Thursday, September 15, 2011

Series Solutions & Reading to a Friend

Week 4

PreK 3, PreK 4: Guiding Question - How do we read to ourselves?

For pre-readers, the time after checking out books can be a challenge. Looking at the pictures in a book can be a short activity, and we need some other strategies to keep the book-love going.

This week, we heard a story about a boy who reads to a tiger. After we checked-out books to take home, children selected a small stuffed animal to share their books with. We modeled how to tell the story to our "friend": we talk about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.

Read to Tiger, by S. J. Fore
When a little boy settles down to read his book, a tiger behind his couch keeps interrupting his concentration with lots of noise. He does karate kicks (hi-ya!), makes choo-choo train sounds, and noisily chomps on gum.

Even though the boy keeps asking him to be quiet, the tiger just can't settle down. Finally, the boy asks tiger to sit next to him and then he gets results. Turns out tiger just wanted to hear the story!

Colored pencil illustrations show the tiger's antics: he appears large when misbehaving as contrasted with the small size of the boy trying to read cozily.  

Kindergarten: Guiding Questions - What is a series? What is a character?

To encourage kinders to take home books that they can start to read themselves, we highlight I-Can-Read series books. We talk about how series books are often identified by their main character.

Biscuit, by Alyssa Capucilli
Biscuit is a little pup who's always getting into trouble. "Woof Woof"' is the refrain throughout the story as his new owner tries to get him to fall asleep. 

We read two Biscuit stories with a Biscuit plush toy, barked along with Biscuit, and watched a Tumblebooks version as well. 

By the time we finished, everyone could recognize the words "Woof, Woof!"

Find Tumblebooks on the "Stories" tab of the library website. (For AISB families: The username and password for home access are found on the bookmark sent home with your parking sticker)

Grade 1: Guiding Question - What are some of the jobs we need to do in a library?

Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library, by Vicki Myron
One morning, a librarian finds a kitten left in the book return bin after a cold night. She takes him into the library, bathes him, and names him "Dewey." (True story!)

He becomes the library's cat: playing and being rambunctious at first, then learning to "help" by greeting people, keeping readers company, and playing with the children. As he learns about helping in the library, we talk about these and other tasks that librarians do.

Soft watercolor illustrations and the true factor make this an appealing read for young children.

Grade 2: Guiding Question - How can one book get us hooked? What is a Text-to-Text connection?

Shrek, by William Steig
Most kiddos are familiar with Shrek from Disney movies, but the "real" Shrek is completely different. He's nowhere near as endearing - he's just really gross! As in the movie, he's on a quest to find his perfectly ugly bride, and he encounters various creepy creatures along the way (none of whom are as creepy as he is.) A witch who eats

This makes a great read-aloud due to lots of chunky vocabulary. In true Steig form, he doesn't shy away from using the perfect word: Shrek has "horny warts" and the dragon is "irascible."

Steig's illustrations accentuate the ogre's rough warty features with scribbly-formed line drawings and a fantastical color palette.

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't!), by Barbara Bottner
A youngster is chagrined to hear from her librarian (Miss Brooks) that "Book Week" is coming up and she'll need to present a favorite book to the class. She has no favorites! 
In fact, she finds fault with every book she's ever heard (too kissy, too pink, and so on). 

Even after reading armloads of books sent home by Miss Brooks, no favorite seems to appear. Mother says she's as stubborn as a wart, and suddenly, the perfect topic arises: warts! Well, if we think of a book about warts, the first that comes to mind MUST be Shrek! (especially since we just read it! Text-to-Text connection!). 

We librarians love a happy ending, especially when it's about a child falling in love with books!

Grade 3: Guiding Question - What would a fellow third grader like to know about us?

Mr. F's class hides behind their peaches
This week we continued with sending our peach-grams. We are including a note about ourselves for the recipient to keep. We brainstormed ideas about what other third graders might like to hear about us, then used our best handwriting and sentence skills to create our notes.

The batch of peach-grams that were sent from Iowa are now headed to New Hampshire, USA. 

Grade 4 & 5: Guiding Question - Can we find books on our own?

Grade 4 is finished with Library Boot Camp (whoo hoo!) and Grade 5 is heading for the light at the end of the tunnel. 
Good job all. And now....go find those books INDEPENDENTLY!  
Insert evil laugh here: Waaa haaa haaa haaaa! 

1 comment:

  1. I like the reading pictures to a stuffed friend idea.