With that said, I have completed 2 projects that have been on my to-do list for far too long and I am super excited about 2 more projects that are currently in the works! Here's a peek at what I've been up to this past week. I'm linking up as usual with the lovely Tara at 4th Grade Frolics and her host for the week Learning in Wonderland (who creates the most amazing things, btw).
Confession: Once upon a time when I was a brand new blogger, I thought I could only participate in MMI if it truly made something on that Monday... hey- the blogging world with all the link ups was completely new to me!
So here I was last Monday looking through all the awesome Made-Its and Tara blogged about a library event calendar from Michael over at The Thinker Builder. If you want more info on both of Tara or Michael's boards, click on their names to go check out their posts. Michael does an awesome job of explaining it (as Tara noted) so I would start there. But I remember reading about an event calendar at his original post on his blog found here and I tucked it somewhere on a Pinterest board and slowly forgot it. Until Tara shared hers last week and it was the kick in the butt I needed to finish this! It will go perfect in my room on a board I always don't know what to do with.
Here's all the parts separate. I will be attaching the months and the days using push pins most likely, as it's going on a bulletin board. The event day tags will go on using ticky-tac (that blue or white gum looking stuff).
No weekends on this calendar. Less for me to do. I won't do these many events in a month, but it gives you an idea of how it'll look. What I like most is that I can put it up once and leave it for the month- it's not a daily task I have to worry about.
I wanted to the border to match the little triangle so I made each event 6 times to match the 6 colors I used. Yes folks, this is evidence of my type A personality. My events include:
- Mysterious Monday- I wrap up a book (either new or one already in our library) to unwrap and reveal... who doesn't love presents!
- Tuesday Trade- Trade a book with another person from your book bin
- Wednesday Want That- Students can give me requests that I can go look for to purchase or get from other libraries
- Thumbs Up Thursday- Book recommendation Day
- New Find Friday- I highlight a new series/genre and give students a chance to pick one out if it sounds interesting
- Surprise Event- a catch all if something comes up I want to do
- 5 on the 5th- have 5 students share their favorite book that they read the past month
- Treasure on the 10th- Mrs. O recommends a book
- Nonfiction on the 19th- We highlight a nonfiction book (or 2)
- Twisted on the 20th- Reading partners books shop for each other (1 book) by interviewing their partner and looking at their partner's reading log or book box to get ideas on what they would like
Also going on this board will be a sign about what I'm reading or have read along with book recommendations (again, idea from Michael found here). This whole board will hopefully keep our library space and love of reading thriving- especially since almost half of my kiddos will be in the same room again... gotta keep them on their toes!
I used GoodReads to find recommendations for common series or books my students enjoy. I'm hoping it will be a tool for me as well to recommend similar books (whether we have them in our classroom library or not- we can find them in our school library).
I made 18 cards to start with and hope to add more once I find out other favorites of my students.
Updated resource alert! I had this growing bundle and it is not complete! I've done revising seminars in my classroom for writing the last 2 years and it has gone great. These seminars are somewhat like stations, but help students discuss, learn and strategy, then apply it to their own writing by using a "mock" student sample. It now has 16 different seminars to cover fiction writing, informational writing, and opinion writing. It's on sale through the 5th in honor of me finally uploading it so grab it now at a discount!
And here's sneak peek at what I hopefully get to share next week (pending my productivity!)
Off to check out the other amazing ideas as usual!