One is a Feast for Mouse : A Thanksgiving Tale

This week is a short week due to Thanksgiving, so I sent an invitation to all of my first grade classes to come see my Thanksgiving program even if it wasn’t their regular library day.  I was showing One is a Feast for Mouse by Judy Cox and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler.

I downloaded it using the Reading Rainbow App on my iPad.  I hooked my iPad up to the projector with an iPad to VGA connector (which I bought with a grant from our PTO).  I talked about how Reading Rainbow started as a TV show with Levar Burton reading books and going on field trips.  The shows were then made into DVDs which we have several in our video collection in the library.  Now Reading Rainbow is an App which can be viewed on an iPad.  The App is free and allows you to download 5 free books and watch some of the videos, however, to read unlimited books and videos you need to pay for a subscription.  I  wore my Reading Rainbow T shirt (which I bought from Urban Outfitters) and had Thanksgiving books on display.

Extension Activity – Sequencing Printable


Order in the Library – Numbers

This week we read Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola Schaefer and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, a nonfiction book.  We talked about Nonfiction and how they are arranged by numbers using the Dewey Decimal system in the library.

Extension Activities

Print and complete the In one lifetime printable

Play Order in the Library . (Shelving – Dewey Decimal)

Additional Resources

Five Points Library Resources

Order in the Library – Alphabet

This week we talking about alphabetical order in the library.  We started with singing the alphabet song and talking about things that we put in alphabetic order.  We discussed that the Easy/Picture Books and the Fiction/Chapter Books  in our library are in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.  If they are looking for a books, they need to know  the author’s name and what kind of book or section so that  they can go look for it themselves.  We then read an alphabet book.

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

A is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan

Extension Activities – I pulled a cart full of Alphabet books including many by Sleeping Bear Press and several written by Jerry Pallotta, who visited our school district many years ago and autographed several books in our library.  I showed them how to play Order in the Library – Shelving – Alphabet – Expert.

Sir Readalot’s Castle

This past week we had our Scholastic Book Fair.  The theme this year is “Sir Readalot Castle – Enter the Kingdom of Reading”.  Our art teacher solicited help from some of our students to make the decorations for our library.