Where can I get library lesson plan ideas for K-3? This is my first year in the mc and I want to do a great job but do not want to stress out about it so much (doing that anyway though). Also, how do you keep up with who you have taught what without reteaching or leaving a class out?
Many books have great lesson plans, but it all depends on whether you have the books in your collection. Here are some things that I did when I was in elementary libraries:
In kindergarten, I purchased a pb set of scholastic books called Alpha Tales. As the K teacher taught a new letter, I would reinforce what she taught with these books. We discussed why we thought the cover of the book had a bear on it for the letter B; the last double page was full of things that began with "B" and students named them; after students checked out their books, we looked for words that started with "B".
I also did special books for back to school and all holidays. For back to school in K, I chose Quiet! There is a Canary in the Library, ITook My frog to the Library, and Hog Eye. After reading each book, we discussed rules for the library. At Halloween, we read The Perky Little Pumpkin (and followed with students drawing Jack-o-lanterns using shapes) and The Hallo-Wiener (with students drawing themselves in their own halloween costume--I gave them a body shape to go by.)
In 1st grade I used Library Lil, The Wedding Surprise, and Petunia to discuss rules and reasons for learning to read. I did author students on Eric Carle (Polar, bear, polar bear, what do you hear? TheMixed-up Chamelon, The Grouch Ladybug, and The Very Busy Spider), Pat Hudgins(The Wind Blew, Clocks and More Clocks, Surprise Party, and Rosie's Walk), Jan Brett (Trouble with Trolls, The Mitten, The wildChristmas Reindeer), Leo Lionni ( Swimmy, Inch by Inch, Frederick, It's Mine), Arnold Lobel (Uncle Elephant, Frog and Toad are Friends, Grasshopper are Friends, Owl at HOme, Grasshopper on the Road)and Cynthia Rylant Henry and Mudge, Henry and Mudge and the Night Thump, The Relatives Came)--reading four books by each author and discussing the similarities of the books. I also did a unit on Caldecott winners and discussed the type of illustrations used in the books that I chose. I also did a cumulative tales study ( The Napping House,Millions of Cats, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie)
In the second grade, I did the following: Caldecott Award study, Author studies: Audrey Wood, Chris Van Allsburg, American Girls series, Patricia Polacco, Roald Dahl, Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones (Bailey School Kids), Magic TRee House series. I have activities to go with all of these things but I don't have time or space to list. Hope this helps.
Thanks for giving me some ideas!! Could you email some ideas maybe you'll have more space...I am not sure about your time but know that I am very thankful for your ideas! How many lessons do I need to plan for a month if a teacher comes every week? (4)? I have 30 min segments with a flexible schedule varying from K-3 students coming in and out. My ms retired last year and was out most of last year due to health issues. I will be doing my practicum (like student teaching for ms') beg on Monday. I have so many questions but no mentor to ask. She didn't have or leave many resources for lessons in the library so I am trying to find some to begin with after orientation. Do you have any suggestions for what to being after orientation? Would it still be alright to do parts of a book, or review from orientation or would that even be a good idea?
I have purchased many of the Upstart books--some great others not so much. I would definitely purchase Library Mania, Fun-brarian and the Stretchy Lesson Plans for each month. This will give you a great wealth of information to use.
During the first month of school, I always read a book and discuss library procedures and book care. Some of the books I read are Mr. Wiggle's, IQ Goes to the Library, I Took My Frog to the Library, Librarian from the Black Lagoon, Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book, Goldisocks and the Three Libearians, Petunia, Library Dragon, Can You Guess Where We are Going?, No, David and The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians.
I know this is late, but I have just joined. I was librarian for a year at my school, I'm a teacher at a small private school and I had to make up my lesson plans. I spent the first couple of weeks getting to know the students and using Mr. Wiggles, the Shelf Elf and such on how to take care of books, etc. Then I began teaching the basics about books and how a library is set up and how it can benefit them. I used age appropriate material. From the parts of a book, to sections of the library, how books are shelved, difference between fiction/nonfiction, lessons on award winning books and so on. I also used the series Mrs. Fribble? I think that is the name (it's about a mouse who loves to read and as you read it to the students it also teaches library skills) Check Upstart. It's difficult to read, teach a lesson and check out books in 30 minutes. I sometimes only had 30 minutes also, so I had to time everything very carefully. The best for me was 40 minutes. You can also hold contests to encourage reading. I love teaching, but I really loved the library that year! Hope this helps.