Alabama School Library Association


ASLW “Connecting Classrooms and Libraries” #ASLW17

Teen Read Week “Unleash Your Story” #ASLW17  #TRW17

Suggested events and activities:

Library Scavenger Hunts, Website Scavenger Hunts

“Survivor” Library Game

Library Escape Room

Library Mystery Events

Author Visits or Guest Readers

Cyber Safety Activities and Games

Makerspace Activities

Puzzle Station

Online Game Challenges

Trivia Contest

Book Clubs

Reading Race - Students earn miles for number of pages read. Set goals enough miles to reach the beach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ620yqSx9A, the mountains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzFxApxdZH0, search “virtual field trip” on YouTube for many additional destinations. Let students who earn the miles “visit” their location.Use virtual reality when possible.

Invite parents to read with their children in the library


Elementary

Secondary

Math in the Library

Use the books:

How Much is a Million, by David M. Schwartz

The I Hate Mathematics Book and Math for Smarty Pants, by Marilyn Burns.

  • Play the calendar game found in Math for Smarty Pants.

  • Play the game where partners make a circle of six dots and take turns drawing line segments between them found in the same book.

  • Play literature math games such as

“Take the number of Little Pigs in the story.
Multiply it by the number of Billy Goats Gruff.
Divide by the number of people going to St. Ives.
Add the number of reindeer Santa had in A Visit from St. Nicholas.
Subtract the number of bad ants in Chris Van Allsburg's book.
Divide by the number of planets we have going around our sun.
Divide by the number of wishes we usually get in fairy tales and you get the number Johnny was in the book by Maurice Sendak.”

Ideas from “Math Month in the Library” by Carol Otis Hurst, http://www.carolhurst.com/subjects/math/librarymath.html.


  • Have students create literature puzzles similar to the example in the elementary section (Take the number of Little Pigs in the story…)

  • Use data from the library’s data wall to create math challenges. For examples of data walls see: http://bit.ly/2xct1Br

  • Create math mysteries using Dewey Decimal numbers. For example, What do you get when you add a fairy tale with a giraffe?  (398.2 + 599.6)


Surface Area and Volume of a “Sand” Castle

Free download of this activity at http://bit.ly/2t294Yi



Science in the Library

  • The Saturn V rocket was designed and built in Huntsville, AL. Have students use straws or spaghetti and marshmallows to build a model rocket.

  • Compare strength and materials using The Three Little Pigs.

  • Create a marble run using tubes from wrapping paper, paper towels, and toilet paper, tape, a shoe box, and some marbles. http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com/2013/04/guest-post-marble-run-mania-steam.html

  • The Saturn V rocket was designed and built in Huntsville, AL. Have students build balloon rockets http://bit.ly/2ybM4IF


  • Compare strength and materials using The Three Little Pigs.

  • Create a marble run using tubes from wrapping paper, paper towels, and toilet paper, tape, a shoe box, and some marbles.

           http://bit.ly/1Sz1T2j


Social Studies in the Library

In the month of October in Alabama History

  • George Washington Carver becomes director at Tuskegee Institute’s agricultural school.

  • Feature displays and activities about famous Alabamians https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Alabama



Teaching with historic places!


Ask students to think about what they see when they travel through their own neighborhoods. Do a virtual field trip of historic places in or near your town.


Teaching with historic places  is a lesson plan series of the National Park Service.

http://bit.ly/2uTSDyh



Biography Boxes


Use AVL databases to research people of interest and to find the perfect person to grace a food box. Should the person’s image be on a box of Wheaties, another know cereal, or a newly imagined food creation? You be the judge! Have students include facts about the character’s life, illustrations, and a motto that makes clear why they have chosen the figure.


http://bit.ly/2heH5QP



In the month of October in Alabama History

  • George Washington Carver becomes director at Tuskegee Institute’s agricultural school.

  • Feature displays and activities about famous Alabamians http://bit.ly/2jJGA5R

  • Jimmy Wales, born in Huntsville, attended both Auburn University and the University of Alabama is the co-founder of Wikipedia



Teaching with historic places!


Ask students to think about what they see when they travel through their own neighborhoods. Do a virtual field trip of historic places in or near your town.


Teaching with historic places  is a lesson plan series of the National Park Service.

http://bit.ly/2uTSDyh


ELA in the Library

Book Buffet (grades 3 - 12)


Place a book at each student’s seat. Explain that you would like them to begin reading the book. Tell them they should read until they hear the timer go off. When the timer goes off, they must move quickly to the next seat and begin reading the book at that seat.


Students move from seat to seat at 6 - 8 minute intervals until each student has had a chance to sample several different books.


http://bit.ly/2jJGGuf



Book Buffet (grades 3 - 12)


Place a book at each student’s seat. Explain that you would like them to begin reading the book. Tell them they should read until they hear the timer go off. When the timer goes off, they must move quickly to the next seat and begin reading the book at that seat.


Students move from seat to seat at 6 - 8 minute intervals until each student has had a chance to sample several different books.


http://bit.ly/2jJGGuf


Counselor in the Library

Exploring ethics using fairy tales


What better way to spark classroom discussion on ethics that by exploring complex messages found in fairy tales? Puss in Boots: When is trickery justified?

Jack and the Beanstalk: Is taking a goo and a harp from an evil giant stealing?

From the Elephant Pit: Is Compassion Practical?


Elaine L. Lindy shares these suggestions and tips for managing debate in the elementary or middle school classroom. Find the complete resource at http://bit.ly/2xegBGJ



Art in the Library

Making Animated Carnival Masks for elementary students during library time

http://bit.ly/2xNvwLb







Teen Read Week Suggestions

Many activities are appropriate for all grade levels.



Activities


Unleash Your Story


Invite storytellers into the library then build on student enthusiasm by having students tell stories of their own (instead of regular book report).


Challenge students to write a six-word memoir



Unleash your story through poetry.





Reader’s Theater








Unleash your story through music.




Create A Super-Hero





Unleash your story through art.















Six-Word Memoirs:

http://bit.ly/2b4KX4K



Create poems using the theme “Unleash Your Story.” Share poems through “open mic” or posting them in the library or hall.


Resources for Reader’s Theater scripts

http://bit.ly/1wlPBil

http://bit.ly/2eUhb5A


Expose students to music they may not normally listen to.

Invite students to share their musical talent with the class.


Create a superhero for the modern world. What would this superhero look like? What would this supero do? What would be this superhero’s backstory?


Invite local artists, photographers, clothing designers, architects, etc.

Allow students to create a mural on a large sheet/roll of butcher paper (or newsprint end roll often free!) that tells a story.



Teen Read Week Manual. (2017). Chicago, IL: Young Adult Library Services Association. doi:http://teenreadweek.ning.com/





October is Parent Involvement Month in Alabama Schools


Activities


Wacky Web Tales

http://bit.ly/1UDYYsr




Readers’ Theater












A variety of activity ideas



More ideas

Set up stations where parents and students can create a Wacky Web Tale

such as Why I Love Fall http://bit.ly/2wGqBLR


Have parents and students participate in a Readers’ Theater. Be sure to have copies in languages your parents can read.

Scripts in Spanish

http://bit.ly/2sEYRky


Scripts in English

http://bit.ly/2wEBNsm

http://bit.ly/2xtuZwm

http://bit.ly/2ff6xov


Activity suggestions from Illinois

http://bit.ly/2xtl5Lf


Activity suggestions from Minnesota

http://bit.ly/2uzz4hr



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