Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Loathsome Dragon

The Loathsome Dragon
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005

Summary:  In this fairy tale, the evil stepmother/queen turns the Princess Margaret into a loathsome dragon.  Only her brother Richard can save her (and the kingdom), if he can see beyond her appearance.

Lesson:  I read this book when I wanted to talk to the students about the Dewey Decimal system and where to find fairy tales.  We also talked about why something that was fictional was found in the non-fiction area of the library.  We listed popular fairy tales and folk

Level:  1st-4th grade

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001

Summary:  After the Dish and Spoon run away together, the cat, cow, and dog of said nursery rhyme set out on a quest to find them.  Along the way, they visit haunts from other nursery rhymes, such as Humpty's Wall, Jack's  Beanstalk, and the Big Bad Wolf's home in the deep, dark forest.  Armed with a map and hilarious puns and idioms, the trio race against time to save the ending of their verse.

Lesson:  I have used this for various lessons.  Today, I used it with the lower elementary grades as a review of their map reading skills.  In the past, I have used it as a support of the kindergarten teachers during their nursery rhymes unit.  It could also be used to teach idioms and puns. 

Level:  K - 3rd

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Skippyjon Jones

Skippyjon Jones
Dutton Juvenile, 2003

Summary: Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese Kitten whose creative imagination is always leading him to exciting places and landing him in hot water.  In this story, he imagines he is the great chihuahua sword fighter El Skippito.  He joins a band of chihuahuas  and defeats the Bumblebeeto Bandito. 

Lesson:  I love to talk to kids about using their imagination.  Part of this lesson was to extend last week's lesson about Animals and the Dewey Decimal System.  Another part was to have them use context clues.  Based on the text and pictures, I asked them what they thought the truth was behind the Bumblebeeto Bandito's existence.  Some said a real bee was in the closet, some said a picture of a bee.  A few noticed the candy and guessed pinata. 

Level:  Pre-K - 3rd

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? 
by Bill Martin Jr. , Eric Carle (Illustrator)
Henry Holt and Co., 2006

Summary:Using repetitive patterns, endangered animals are asked which animal they saw, a different animal for each page.  

Lesson:  My primary purpose for reading this book was as a springboard into a lesson teaching students where to find the non-fiction books in the library.  First we talked about the different  between the wild and domestic animals, then about their placement in the library.  Since this book features endangered animals, it was an opportunity to teach the animal names, in both English and Spanish.  We also talked listed which animals would:  run, swim, or fly?

Level: PreK - 2nd

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ah, To Be Young Again......

After school, I was standing at Bus Duty with my clipboard as the children filed in.  One of the kids recognized me.  "Hey, I saw you in the library."  I should hope so after several story times and helping kids check out books for four weeks.  He continues on with a question:  "You work?"

Struck speechless by a seven year old. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Trip to the Zoo

My Trip to the Zoo
School Specialty Publishing, 2002

Summary: Little Critter visits the zoo along with his mom, dad, and little sister.  

Lesson: I did this lesson with the Pre-K classes.  With each page we acted and sounded like the animals depicted.  We also talked about what other animals you might see at a zoo.  Students then picked an animal outline to color. 

Level:  Pre-K -1st

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Check out Barnes and Noble's "Online Storytime"

Every month, Barnes and Nobles features a children's book read by the author or other noted celebrity.  This month, Anna Dewdney reads  Llama Llama Home with Mama.  Previous months' recordings are available, such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,No Good, Very Bad Day and The Kissing Hand

Check it out here: