So are you saying that you don't have access to computers? If not that is no big deal there is still plenty that you can do. Maybe you can set up stations? You can also find tons of lessons online. You can break a lesson into mini lessons and make it work over several weeks. I just friended you so if you need more help we can communicate that way. Let me know specifics and it may be easier for me to help you.
I am working on this very thing on my website right now. My lessons are designed for 35 minute class periods. I normally do stations in my classes. Visit Elementary Librarian and look for my updates on Facebook and Twitter! So far I've finished August and September. I'll be posting more about my plans in the next couple of weeks! Good luck.
Yavodka, This is a tricky one. I didn't realize you had to cram book checkout into class time. What I do with my stations is have students visit one station per week. In other words, they rotate to a different station the next time I see them (the next week) instead of the same day. So we'll work on the same 3 centers for an entire month.
It's the only way I can work more closely with the students and give them individual attention. Do you have an assistant that can handle book check in and out?
No I do not have an assistant. I usually try to make it easy by reading a picture book and doing a craft. However because some of my classes are so large its difficult. Plus, when you add that I pay for most/sometimes all of the supplies myself it gets hard. Especially, since I commute 54 miles each way to my job. I must admit that all of the advice I have been getting is helping. I'm just thinking of ways to incorporate the stations. I have 2 computers that work SLOWLY but I'm sure that I can do the stations thing.
You can do it! I know how frustrating this is for you. Is there any way you could get a parent volunteer to help with checkout? One way I buy myself a little time during checkout is to make barcode cards for the students so I don't have to be tethered to the computer. They can scan their own card and their own books. It's not perfect, but it does help a lot.
Can you apply for technology grants to get some more computers? I have 9 computers, so I usually make the computer one of my stations.
Hi Jocelyn, I like your idea of rotating stations once per visit. This will be my first year as a librarian - new school - new staff - new kids! I have each class for around 50 minutes, plenty of time to complete a lesson and check out books. I'd love to hear some of your station ideas.
Cindy, I usually do 3 stations. One of them is always a computer station, where we do a variety of activities related to the library. In another station, I try to review a skill we've already learned. In the 3rd station, I usually work with students on a new or unfamiliar skill.
The idea is for the students in the first two stations to be able to work independently (or with help from their peers) so that you can work with the third station.
I've done all kinds of stuff in my stations like standard pencil and paper work, sorting cards of sight words in ABC order, board games (for a behavior reward), dictionary practice, partner reading books, drawing a picture and describing a favorite part of a book, cutting out books and pasting them in the proper order on a shelf, etc.
Hope that gives you some ideas. :)
It's great information, thank you!
I know that this sounds dumb... but have students work on recalling beginning, middle, end of each story... You can do this verbally or have them illustrate it on paper. It fills a need for sequenceing storylines in English/LA standards and believe it or not... it is a hard skill for my K-2 students. Most of them get it by the middle of 2nd grade, but K and 1st... really have to work at it. If they are illustrating the storyline then you can call them up a few at a time to check out.
Absolutely, I forgot the obvious!!! That is challenging for my students as well! Another good one is to go through: setting; characters; problem; solution; summary; main idea; lesson/moral. You can also make a story cube. Have the kids roll a 5x5 (approx.) cardboard box & you can label ea. side with setting, main character, etc. They can sit in a large circle on the floor and roll it to come up with the answers. They love doing this!