First, second, and third graders pulled numbers out of an owl basket and chose student volunteers to read over the library expectations. In fourth and fifth grade, students participated in a scavenger hunt using their iPads and QR codes to visit different areas of the library and read about the rules. They also had a whole class discussion about what each rule meant.
When the kindergarten classes returned for their second week of library, they listened to the book A Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell. This book reinforced some of the ideas of book care that students had previously learned. It also acted as an introduction to the various types of movement kindergarteners will participate in while reading books at the library with Ms. Ricter.
During their second library session, first graders went over the rules and read the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. Many students also had their photos taken in a cardboard bus, and these will be added to our Mo Willems-themed bulletin board near the library entrance. In second grade, we reviewed the library expectations and read 10 Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits.
Ms. Ricter also introduced the idea of a Makerspace to all grades. School libraries across the country are adopting this new initiative as a way to foster creativity and innovation. Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of hands-on, STEAM activities in this dedicated area of the library. This past week, students were able to choose a black-and-white bookmark and color it in to create their own design.
Check out the gallery below for pictures of the past two weeks in the BPE library. Please click on the picture to enlarge it. Here's to continued fun during our third week!