Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Battle of the Books

I am very excited to start a Battle of the Books program at Dothan Brook School.  I have seen a lot of ideas kicking around on the Internet and it took me a year to wrap my brain around it, but now I've got it and the kids are getting excited! 

We are going to do four rounds, elimination style.  Fourth and fifth graders will be working in pairs to convince the rest of their class that the book they chose is the best!  They are trying to convince the rest of the kids to read their chosen book. 

Round one, with everyone participating, will be to create a poster in art class that represents their book.  Posters will be displayed in pairs in the library and their classmates will vote on which ones make them want to read the book the most.  Winners will move on to round two.

Round two is to do a dramatic reading in front of their class, round three is to act out a scene from the book, and round four is to create a technology project. 

I have mentioned to the project to the kids a few times in the past few weeks, but gotten lukewarm response.  This week the kids are picking their books and the excitement is definitely building!  Fifth graders have picked their books and fourth will be picking later this week. 

Check out this silly intro I created using PowToons.  I've been showing each class at library time. 

This is a learning experience for all of us, but I hope everyone has fun!  

School busy

Oh my goodness, we are now a full month into school and I haven't updated this blog.  I started an Instagram account that does get more regular updates.  You can follow @dbslibrary for pictures. 

We have a lot going in the library!

We are reading.

Watching book trailers.

Doing magic.

Building amazing buildings.

Learning how to use the OPAC (online public access catalog)

Building tall towers.

And more building.  Those Keva Planks get a lot of use in the library!

Third, fourth, and fifth graders reviewed the Hartford Acceptable Use of Technology Policy and signed their names, agreeing to be Caring, Safe, and Responsible with school technology.  Grades 2-5 have been learning how to use the OPAC (online public access catalog) to find books they want.  PreK-1 have been learning the ways of the library, how to take care of a library books, and what the stuffies like to do (hint: snuggle and listen to stories!)  We have lots more coming up.  Reading, book awards, programming, readers advisory, robotics, Legos, and of course Keva Planks!  Oh, and reading!  :)