This week we learned about parts of a book, practiced our page-turning skills (from the corners!), and grades 1 and 2 started a book-making activity.
Guiding Question: Why does turning from the corners help keep our books neat?
PreK 3 & 4
We read "Spot" books and practiced our corner-turning. Spot makes a good choice for this: we have tons of them in our library and the pages are thicker than usual picture books.
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill
Children love to try to find Spot, lifting flaps to reveal other animals instead. Where is he? When we finally find him we've learned all of the sounds of the other animals and can go back and "play" with this story again and again.
We watched D. W.'s Library Card which reinforces some library procedures: checking out, being patient while we wait for a much-desired book, renewing, taking care of books, and returning. It's also famous for revealing D. W's full name!
Afterward, we practiced our corner-turning with Arthur books.
Guiding Question: What are the parts of a book?
Grades 1 and 2
We read No, David and David Goes to School and learned book parts. For grade 1: front cover, back cover, spine, pages, author, illustrator, title, title page. For grade 2 we add publisher and copyright date.
Next, students made their own "books" showing themselves going to school and pictures and words of the library manners they remember from the past several weeks. These will be ready for display after the next lesson.
I adapted this lesson from a great idea at this blog: Bishop's Blackboard.
No, David! by David Shannon
When I first read this, it was a ground-breaking book for me - a book that truly shows how a toddler might feel going through the day and getting into trouble every minute. David is presented as a bit of a terror, it's true, but he's not doing anything that much worse that my own kiddos have done!
The childlike illustrations are more complicated than they seem: great use of perspective shows the child's view (looking up at the cookie jar, for example), and the rough features of David's face and body (the triangle nose!) contrast with more realistic background details to keep the reader firmly set in the child's world.
A classic read aloud children love to read over and over.
David Goes to School, by David Shannon
Shannon does it again, this time putting David in a school setting. His behaviors are those we see every day: not raising his hand, chewing gum, staying past the bell at recess. He's an "every boy" character, and girls and boys alike know EXACTLY how he feels. Of course, he does it all in one day, so we're a bit horrified at the extent of his misbehavior, but on balance he's not so different from the rest of us!
Grade 3: Guiding Question - What stories can we read on the Library Website?
Our newest purchase is Capstone Books (also on the "stories" tab of our library site) which has graphic, picture, and nonfiction books all with a read-along option. See the bookmark sent home at the beginning of the year for password info.
We also looked at Toon Books which has graphic books with a read-along option and Tumblebooks. (password required)
Grade 4 & 5: Check-out and Reading time