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Fill your library with everything in sight
Old 08-05-2007, 05:58 PM
 
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When I was a Kathy Collins conference on Friday she talked about classroom libraries. She talked about creating baskets with texts other an books. She said that if we want our students to be the kind of readers that read everything in sight then we need to fill our library with just that. So, let's brainstorm what other types of texts we could put in our libraries. Here are the examples she gave:

*Sunday comics or comic books
*material from the internet (let's think of specifics)
*snapple tops with jokes on them
*Laminated pages from the Kids Section in the Sunday paper(use dry erase markers for interactive parts)
*Maps

So, let's brainstorm what else could we but in our libraries?!?!


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My theory has always been...
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..."as long as they are reading...I am happy!"

I know other teachers only want good quality literature in their classrooms and I do too...but there are things that I will have (my first year in 2nd grade) that might not be the "norm."

Comic Books (Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield)
Magazines (Nickelodeon, NG for Kids, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Your Big Backyard)
Sunday Comics
Catalogs (American Girl, Pottery Barn for Kids, IKEA)

I can't remember where I found these...I made them up when I was student teaching, but they are called "What in the World?" They came from a kids' magazine and I just took the page out and laminated it on construction paper. They are close up pictures of everyday items and you have to guess what they are. I put the answers on the back. I have about 20 of them and I will be putting them in the library.

I would love to hear other ideas and anything else Kathy said -- I would love to go to one of her conferences...I am reading Growing Readers right now.

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What about:

*Magazines
*The backs of kids' cereal boxes (you could ask the kids to bring in the boxes, use an exacto knife to cut the back off, then laminate and use dry erase markers for interactive parts)
*Popsicle sticks that have jokes on them
*Bazooka Joe comics
*Trading Cards

I'll keep thinking!
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brochures from vacations
brochures from businesses
menus
maps
recipes
newspaper articles

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I leave to go to the store for 30 minutes and I come back to so many wonderful ideas already. Like bookmuncher said on the other post...yes, finally things for FREE!! I'm thinking almost all of these are free, free, free!! I'm so excited for these baskets too bc I created a seperate NF/poetry library and I was a little worried I wasn't going to have enough but now with all these new baskets! yes

NIUTeach~Look below for my other post about Kathy Collins...I typed up my notes from the conference


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Thanks for the notes...that was so nice of you to type up! You are so lucky to have gotten that extra time with Kathy!

A note on the travel brochures.... I went a little crazy at the beginning of the year signing up for brochures from all 50 states...yeah, I don't think my postman liked me! Anyway, these were for my geography center. Each week, the students will be introduced to two states and they will have to do a worksheet on the state. They will have to look through the state's travel brochure to answer questions on the sheet. -- I think I am going to attach that sheet on this post. Anyway, it was so easy to get the state info...so if people wanted to get brochures for your library, it's a great idea.
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at family restaurants often have fun stuff for kids to read and there are also ones at stores that are laminated that are pretty cheap with things like states, presidents, etc. My kids loved those during our unit on the USA. I have a whole box of different ones I've found here and there, garage sales and such. Hey, thanks for the notes from the conference. Did she happen to say where she would be presenting in the future?
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What about CD inserts? I have several kid CD's and they have the lyrics on the inside. I think I'm going to laminate them, then they can read those. Since they probably already know the song (b/c kids know songs better than their multiplication facts) now they will be able to see the words, too.
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college brochures
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Laminated placemats -I have Presidents, maps, & solar system ones.


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Old 08-06-2007, 08:29 AM
 
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They used to have some really cool writing on the container. Not sure if they still do.
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Love these ideas!
I immediately thought of those popsicle sticks that have the jokes on them. Those are great!
What about
* book order catalogs
* hidden pictures printed from Highlights.com
* directions for building Lego structures (the kind that come with the Legos. Or maybe they can be downloaded from lego.com)
* the inserts with new toys...like Star Wars toys come with a mini-catalog of the differnet STar Wars toys available. My kids "read" these all the time.
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What about sale ads from grocery stores and department stores? You could also use mail order catalogs like Oriental Trading, etc.

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Old 08-06-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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We could start a basket with a variety of all these things and then let kids start adding to it with things they are interested in.

Showing parents the basket(s) at open house would not only show them what kinds of things we're collecting, but also highlight the kinds of reading experiences that they can share with their kids at home.
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love these ideas
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I really like the idea of letting kids add to it. I can just see them wanting to bring back lables from the lunchroom, or looking through their parents' junk mail.

Great idea!
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Comics
Old 08-08-2007, 03:37 AM
 
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What are some comics that are primary kid appropriate? What would you put into your classroom library?

I am excited to get some of these new ideas into my library and into the kids hands!
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A Name For It????
Old 08-08-2007, 06:23 PM
 
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What are you going to call the basket?
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:03 PM
 
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Post-cards (used)
Recipe Cards
Cookbooks
Joke/Riddle Books
Advertisements
Ingredient Labels (they can guess what it belongs to)
Service manuals (appliances, cars, motorcycles, bikes)
Those printouts you can get about what happened on a certain date years ago
Greeting cards
Mad libs
Bumper stickers
Book jackets/inside flaps
Phone books

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I think we can all separate out our "how-to's". I had started a how-to basket last year right around when we were there in the Calkins. I only have about 5 books in there right now, including How to Juggle, a Gardner's Guide, and a cookbook. We could include any directions for how to put together toys and service manuals in this basket.

Twopetes: could we call it "Read Around the World"? I'm still thinking...
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What about "Words all around us"?
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how about "reading everything in sight"
or
"Just read it!"
or
"Words: We've got you covered" (my dh works for the insurance industry
or
"everything but the kitchen sink"
OK, that last one was a joke. I'm probably the only one who's laughing.hehehe
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My kids loved to read the inserts from board games...
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It would be really cool if we could come up with a fun acronym for the basket. I'm still thinking.......
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What about...

Read &
Enjoy
Environmental
Print

The kids will "reep" the benefits of reading that type of print and realize reading happens everywhere.

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Thanks to whoever suggested tourist brochures from different states! I ordered a booklet and a map from every province in Canada and now we'll have a great basket that can also be used for social studies. I love it! Thanks!
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Our school library has a bunch of how to draw...books. Some of the favorites in my class were how to draw cartoon characters, how to draw cars, etc. They have step-by-step instructions.

I have one called how to draw icky bugs by Jerry Pallotta. It's a Scholastic Book.
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