Category Archives: books

But How Do You Really Teach With Picture Books?

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2 days into the year and already we have shared 5 picture books.  Today I read How to Read A Story by the amazing Kate Messner 5 times as we discussed what we love and hate about reading.  As we discussed what makes a great reading experience.  As I invited my students to come on over, one boy clapped his hands, “Story time!” he said.  And not in a sarcastic 7th grade too-cool-for-school kind of way, but in the way that little kids say  it; excited to hear the story.  … Visit the author's original post

6 Simple Ideas to Get Kids to Read

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Loving reading, loving books, being a reader, and finding your own books to share are central goals in our 7th grade English classroom.  And I spend every waking moment at times it seems trying to find ways for students to find that special book that will make them feel like they are a reader.  I spend hours planning, prepping, buying books, and yes, reading them to make sure that I am the best teacher possible for all of my many students. … Visit the author's original post

1st Grade Skype with Author Jonathan Emmett

Our first graders had a blast recently when they got to connect on Skype with author Jonathan Emmett in England.  The children had recently read one of Mr. Emmett’s books in their reading program about a duck named Ruby.  In order to share with Mr. Emmett how much they liked his story, each student created and wore a duck hat, and students created posters illustrating different scenes from the story.  During the call Mr. Emmett took some time to read This Way Ruby, one of his many books.… Visit the author's original post

Project „Byblos“ and Its’ Apps

Do you think it’s easy  to be a good  librarian in elementary school?

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A short test for you, especially  for the language teachers.  What would you do in the following situation:

Library. Buzzing like in the beehive. Students work assignments, talk, looking at the books. A 5th grade student come and ask:
– Give me the book „Adventures of Robinson Crusoe“, please.
– Here you are, dear.
– Wow, it is so big – she said.
– And just as boring – adds a student who works homework in the library.… Visit the author's original post

Project „Byblos“ and Its’ Apps

Do you think it’s easy  to be a good  librarian in elementary school?

A short test for you, especially  for the language teachers.  What would you do in the following situation:

Library. Buzzing like in the beehive. Students work assignments, talk, looking at the books. A 5th grade student come and ask:
– Give me the book „Adventures of Robinson Crusoe“, please.
– Here you are, dear.
– Wow, it is so big – she said.
– And just as boring – adds a student who works homework in the library.… Visit the author's original post

Project „Byblos“ and Its’ Apps

Do you think it’s easy  to be a good  librarian in elementary school?

A short test for you, especially  for the language teachers.  What would you do in the following situation:

Library. Buzzing like in the beehive. Students work assignments, talk, looking at the books. A 5th grade student come and ask:
– Give me the book „Adventures of Robinson Crusoe“, please.
– Here you are, dear.
– Wow, it is so big – she said.
– And just as boring – adds a student who works homework in the library.… Visit the author's original post

Project „Byblos“ and Its’ Apps

Do you think it’s easy  to be a good  librarian in elementary school?

20141124_115909 20141014_125214 20141014_125220

A short test for you, especially  for the language teachers.  What would you do in the following situation:

Library. Buzzing like in the beehive. Students work assignments, talk, looking at the books. A 5th grade student come and ask:
– Give me the book „Adventures of Robinson Crusoe“, please.
– Here you are, dear.
– Wow, it is so big – she said.
– And just as boring – adds a student who works homework in the library.… Visit the author's original post

Why Book Clubs Suck And We Need to Talk About

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I had meticulously made my lists.  I had thoughts of habits, tastes, personalities, reading preferences, pace and yes, even their assessment data.  I had scoured the book room, gone book shopping spending my own money and used most of my Scholastic points.  More than 50 choices awaited my students, I couldn’t wait to start book clubs.

So when I announced that today was the day they would know their book club groups, I had not planned for the groan of disapproval that met me.  … Visit the author's original post