Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Three weeks and trying not to count!

Yesterday, I took one of my teachers some books from the library and I saw the number 15 posted on her board. SHOCK. Yes, I know we only have a few weeks left, but it was still astounding that there are only 15 more outfits (days for some of you) left in this school year. So little time, so many books!

With that in mind, I'm planning stress free and easy lessons for the next three weeks. That means making plans with the KISS method - Keep it simple Sara! (You thought it was going to be the S word! I have kindergarteners in my building so that would be "stupid" for those of you who teach uppers only!) That's 27 more lesson to plan, as I'll see each of my K - 8 classes three more times assuming field trips do not keep them from attending their library day.

As I'm preparing for the end of year library inventory, I'm trying not to cancel library classes. At my school I'm considered a "specialist" and therefore I provide planning time for my teachers. This week if I'm not teaching my library classes, I am inventorying all technology in my school. Usually it's not too bad, but this year I have 3 new teachers. I've got to make sure the room inventories match the district's inventory list. One of my teachers received a new teacher station today. That will need to be added. I was glancing around a couple days ago and I know a couple of my newbie’s moved a few things. I don’t mind. I just need to make sure the inventories are correctly updated before summer break. The month of May gets a little crazy in my library world.

Basically my library lessons this week are:

I like to ready my favorite authors to Kindergarten. I haven't shared Mo Willems yet. His pigeon books should keep them busy for a couple of sessions. I have a couple ideas I "borrowed" from Pinterest for his stories.

I found a freebie at Shawna's (The Picture Book Teacher's Edition) site yesterday I'm going to use with my 1st and 2nd grade classes.  I wanted a cute activity to accompany the book I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont. Now I don't have to create one. I love her website. It's great for getting ideas for my lower grades.
Third graders are still practicing their skits for the puppet performance on May 15th. Now I just have to convince Mr. Brown to help me fix their stage. A pan of brownies work miracles at my house!

I'll work on idioms with my 4th and 5th graders. I found a couple cute ideas on TPT. Now I just have to decide which one. It's a good thing I have a few minutes before my first class tomorrow morning. I can print which ever I decide upon then.

My 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes are going to be a little crazy this week. Between field trips and special assemblies, I won't see all of them this week. The ones who make it to the library are going to help me check my library games to see if I need to replace parts or pieces. I've been slowly making or assembling centers for all grade levels to use with my library lessons. A couple game pieces make it under my desk. Got to find their homes!

Keeping it simple,


  1. Hey thanks for the shout out. I hope the freebie worked for you and your kiddos! Love your site :)
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  2. Thank you very much! I love "borrowing" ideas. Keep 'em coming!


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