First Day with First Grade

I saw the first 1st grade class of the year on Friday, and we had a great time together! I like to mix it up with them because if we spend too long sitting still in one spot they either get the fidgety-wigglies or they fall asleep!

mr. wiggles bookWe begin by sitting on the story rug while I read Mr. Wiggle’s Book by Paula Craig, and we discuss all the things that make Mr. Wiggle sad when people don’t take care of books. Unfortunately the book is out of print now, and the prices on Amazon (at the time of this posting) are ridiculous! If you have a copy of the book, it’s a great introduction to book care for younger students, and it leads right into a fun song.

Wwhaddaya think of thate talk about what we see on the cover of the book — Mr. Wiggle wearing his reading glasses and “holding” a book — and then I introduce them to These Are My Glasses from the CD Whaddaya Think of That by Laurie Berkner. We then sing the chorus together a few times, using simple motions to act it out, and the kids love it! (By the way, when you order the CD from Amazon, you get the mp3 version free with your purchase.)

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Mr. Wiggle is sad when you throw your library book.

Then we move to the library tables and review book care with a Mr. Wiggle powerpoint on the Promethean board. Finally, I hand out drawing paper and crayons and ask students to draw a picture of Mr. Wiggle, and a picture of something you should or should not do when borrowing a library book.  We talk about the “No” symbol (at the end of the book, and on slide 8 of the powerpoint) and they feel extremely sophisticated when they use it on their Do Not drawings! 1-Mr. Wiggle0002

If we have time, I allow volunteers to share their pictures with the class. We then practice the song one more time so they can sing it for their teacher when she picks them up.

I love to hear how indignant the kids sound when they tell me about things that are bad for books. Most of them take book care very seriously, which is just the way I like it!

 

Book Care With the Drama Queens

I’m making a crusade out of encouraging my younger patrons to take better care of their library books this year.  Here’s another video that I think my students will be able to relate to:

 

  
Update 9/25: Used this with Kindergarten today, and they had a blast with it! It was like a horror movie for 5-year-olds! At the end of the lesson they each told me where their “safe place” for library books is at home, and then they chose their books to check out. I’ve never had as much fun with book care lessons in previous years as I’m having this year!

Book Care With The Pigeon

I’m always looking for creative ways to talk about taking care of books with my younger students, and last week I found a video that is definitely a keeper!  I’ve already used it with a few kindergarten and 1st grade classes, and it’s been a huge hit!

I begin the lesson by sharing the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, and asking the students why the bus driver doesn’t want the pigeon driving his bus.  Then we watch “Don’t Let the Pigeon Touch the Books” twice; once straight through, and then again with me pausing it after each “scene” so we can discuss what’s wrong with what the pigeon is doing.

This is the only book care lesson I’ve ever done that has had kids screaming “Again, again!” at the end of it – music to a librarian’s ears!  Take a look at “Don’t Let the Pigeon Touch the Books” and judge for yourself!