Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

This week we  talked about Wordless Books .  I showed them several examples.  To find them in the library catalog, the subject heading is Stories without Words. We talked about who and why we would “read” books without words.  We then “read”  Du IZ Tak?  which is similar to a wordless book in that there are no words which we understand, so we need to use our imagination to figure out what is going on in the story.

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First we looked at the pictures and then we translated the nonsense words. Next we read Oops Pounce Quick Run! An alphabet caper by Mike Twohy , which has only one word on each page. This also required us to use our imagination to figure out what is going on. Students then took a copy of a page and wrote a complete sentence to tell the story. We put the pages together to make a book for the classroom.

Additional Activities

Featured Book – Wordless Books

Printable – Oops Pounce Quick Run! An Alphabet Caper

Computer – My StoryMaker


Who would win – Tarantula vs. Scorpion by Jerry Pallotta

The last few weeks we were busy with book fair, but we are now back to library as usual.   Our featured book this week was Tarantula vs. Scorpion by Jerry Pallotta from the series Who would win.

The series was recommended by a student who asked if we had any of the books in our library.  At the time, we did not, so I took the information and the students name. After I purchased copies, the student was able to be the first student to check it out.  Students frequently help me keep up with new books in a series as well as new books/series that they are interested in reading.

Library Centers/Additional Activities 

Printable /Coloring Page – Enchanted Learning – Tarantulas, Scorpions (Membership is $20/yr. for print-friendly version)

Featured Books – Who Would Win series and Alphabet books by Jerry Pallotta.

Computer Activity – Search the Catalog to find out how many books/titles by Jerry Pallotta ( Author) we have in our library. ( I gave prizes/glitter pencils to students who could correctly answer this challenge)

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.