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Celebrating Black History Month with African American Authors

It's been a while....
This year I am working on renewing my National Boards and although the process is not as difficult or as time consuming as the first time, there is still a lot of writing, videoing, and reflecting.
Which explains my absents!

But I am back!
So I have been working with my kiddos on authors and what perfect time to introduce Coretta Scott King and African American Authors.

This week we have been reading Do Like Kyla by Angela Johnson with Kindergarten and First grade.
We do a picture walk and talk about what motivated the author to write a story about two sisters (pssst, we don't know so we just brainstorm).
Then students fill out a Beginning, Middle, End graphic organizer after we read the story.  I do this to help them with our Benchmark assessments that require them to tell what happened at the beginning, middle and end.

My second graders are learning about Coretta Scott King and the award named after her.  They use ipads to look up facts about her and then find the title of a book that has received her award. 

I have a "I mustache what you are reading" bulletin board outside the library so I posted the Coretta Scott King research with pictures of my second graders and their mustache!
If you want to see my Black History Month packet and all the authors we will be learning about you can check it out, just click on the picture.

Library Signage FREEBIE

O those library signs...
I am always looking for ways to help my students become self served patrons in my media center.  I want them to be able to locate what they want easier and quicker.

This year I created more signage for my library!  I hope this will help my kiddos or atleast allow me to point to the sign from across the room to help them locate what they are looking for.

Here is the sign I have for poems.

My sign for pets and in the background animals.

Feel free to use these signs in your library, HOPE YOU ENJOY!


Five For Friday with the Teacher Librarian

 Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog. Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool.Grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.
My sister posted this on my facebook yesterday because like everywhere it is COLD outside.  Plus as a little girl I loved watching wrestling and Ric Flair was one of my favs, don't ask, it is hard to believe I watched it but I did and loved it so much my sweet daddy took me to see them on a couple of occasions.
Baby it's Cold!!!! Wooooooooooo

Baby it's COLD outside is also the title of my centers for January.  How fitting is that.  If you have bought my centers before, these are just as good and are themed for January.
Be sure to pick up this months library center here.

A New year and I am reading to change it up a little.  I am working with my 1st and 2nd graders doing research.  Scroll to the next post and you will get some FREE stuff to help you out.  My district uses the research model eWISE which has helped me explain to the kids the process of research.  Be sure to scroll to the post after this one to READ ALL ABOUT IT>

During the break I worked on some close reading for President's Day.  The passages are written on three different levels to meet the needs of all the students and differentiate. 


And lastly, who doesn't wait till after all the festivities to get back on track with health.  So I overindulged this break and now I am paying for it!!!  Time to get back to my low carb and 5k. 
Don't know how I cooked low carb before without Pinterest!!! Great recipes, had the spaghetti squash carbonara last night...look it up, it's delicious!

Check out Doodle Bugs Teaching blog for more Five for FRIDAYS! and be sure to follow my blog for more FUN!

Second Research

It's a new year and time to try some new stuff!

 I am put off doing too much independent research with my little ones just because the time I have with them is short, and I just haven't' been brave enough to let them loose. But this year I am giving it a go.

Coming back from winter break and tackling it head on!! Our county has a research model that we have adopted called eWISE.

 I made posters for the acronym at the beginning of the year to look nice and pretty but now it's time to put those babies to use.

 I introduced the model with Wonder. I talked about how I wonder about things, like what do snakes eat, how many babies do kangaroos have, what are meerkats. Then I talked to students about where you find those answers. In the library! You can find them in the nonfiction books or the internet sites that our county pays for NCWiseOwl.

Here is the Wonder poster and Investigate poster I made to guide them.

This discussion of wondering lead to talking about how to find out the answers of my wonders.  To find answers, we investigate.

How do we investigate, we read the text we found about our wonders.

After modeling how to do this, students were open to wonder about any animal they wanted using the Amazing Animals website we have at our school.  

Then I had the kids read or investigate the text to find answers.

Students then Synthesize (the s in eWISE) by writing 4 facts about what they had read.
I was surprised how busy they were, were they really investigating and researching or were they still asleep from winter break...
I think they were learning.  They used this print out I got free somewhere on Pinterest.

We stopped there because time ran out and I am trying to decide if we are going to do more with that they learned Express it (the e in eWISE) or if we are just going to continue to practice the act of researching??

Here are the posters and things I used if you want it!!!

What's new in your library or classroom?


It's a Friday free for all where every Friday teachers and educators are linky up with some great FREE resources!!! Be sure to add the link to your blog and link back here.  

My Friday FREE FOR ALL this Friday is
iREAD bulletin board printable.  This is great to great an attractive bulletin board of your students reading.
be sure to link up with your FREEBIE!!

Elementary Library Lesson BUNDLE

I have finally!!!!!  Bundles all my TpT Elementary Library Lessons in one nice packet to save you over 20%!!!!!  I also included The Busy Librarian's Survival Kit.

Be sure to purchase the entire BUNDLE to save save save!!

Hope you enjoy and if you are doing centers, get ready for my Elementary Library Center BUNDLE!!!

Creating your own TpT products!

So I made a product in my store called How to Create TpT products without spending a dime and since then I have changed my blog name.  YIKES!
As promised I wanted to be sure to add additional information as I learn on how to create things for TpT
Well since I have made this product there has been several others to come up with tutorials and helpful hints.  Therefore, instead of reinventing the wheel, I will just link to them.!

The first tutorial that is quite helpful is from The 3am Teacher.  She has lots of cute things in here store and free frames and clip art to help you get started on attractive products to catch the buyers eye!
You can see her tutorial here

Here is also a VIDEO Tutorial by Katie Knight that is really great!

Sooo I hope this helps get you started!!!