Friday, September 13, 2013

Doing the Dewey, Fairy Tales, and More...

True fact- even though I've spent a large portion of my life in various libraries, I didn't understand how the Dewey Decimal system worked until I was in college (and working my first library job at UGA). So now I LOVE sharing with our students that the numbers in Dewey are codes for different subjects- that if they love drawing (a very popular interest among our wildcats)- they can always go to 743 in any public library (university system is different) and find books on drawing at that same number.

I've taught this skill in a variety of ways over the past five years, but this has been the most fun.  First, I showed them a video my interns and I created of different hot spots in our LMC. I reviewed this with our students, stopping periodically to answer any questions.  We also reviewed the end markers on the shelves- how they are maps to individual LMC sections.  Then, using a graphic organizer, the kids, their teachers, our interns and I go on a scavenger hunt in the library to find different Dewey sections.  The kids love learning where to find their favorite interests and I love helping!


I've also had a great time sharing fairy tales with first grade- we compared and contrasted Rubia and the Three Osos with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Fabuloso! Our kindergarten has really enjoyed Jerry Pinkney's wordless picture book the Lion and the Mouse (it won a Caldecott!) and then reading Aesop's fable. We also have enjoyed the following video of Jerry Pinkney discussing decisions he made in creating his book.

And hooray, today is Roald Dahl Day (author of Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Witches, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ...<3<3<3)! Check out this website to learn how you can celebrate the date with mischief and mayhem:)! 

As always, seeing how excited our kids get when they check out new books is thrilling.  Remember, our next Reading Rock Stars deadline is September 24.  Keep tracking your reading, wildcats, and don't forget- books build brains!  Read every day!

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