Free Printable: Back to School Bookmarks

Anyone else tired on the first day of school? I am! Here’s something new I tried out this year to help with the lineups at the desk for back to school reading materials.

I inserted these bookmarks into my favourite books in YA and JUV fiction. Just ask the kids or parents to browse the recommended reads. Simple, but effective!

Click here for free PDF download for bookmarks

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Scribble Party!

Scribble PartyScribble Party!

My favourite program to run at a library! Scribble Party! Low budget library programming. All you need is mural paper and markers. Leave it out on table – and the kids can colour all day.

Junior Writers: Imagination and Mood

Third week of the Junior Writers program and it’s starting to kick off. This week, we discussed imagination and mood.

Warm Up

When you’re writing a dialogue with characters, you want to be expressive and descriptive. You want your reader to imagine what your character is doing. One way of doing that is trying to replace “said” in your written work. When you’re editing your final draft, circle all the “said” and try to replace it with a different word.

On the easel, I wrote down three different dialogues. The kids then found other ways to express the characters emotions instead of using “said.”  For example:

1. “Wait! You forgot your book” said Mr. Applebottom

-cried, yelled, screamed

I then gave them a chart on how you can show emotions and feelings through characters.  For example, if your character has tripped over his shoelace – he will feel embarrassed.

How can we show “embarrassed”?

  • blushing or turning red
  • hanging head low
  • holding back tears
  • rolling eyes
  • stomach flips
  • hiding face
Use this chart to help you write and describe your character's emotions.

Use this chart to help you write and describe your character’s emotions.

Group Activity and Writing Activity

We then came up with emotions that a character could feel. We then wrote an example of what makes you feel that way. For example: Angry. I feel angry when I see someone littering!

For our writing activity, we had to write a letter saying that we’re sorry. They could decide what they have done, and who they are apologizing to. They could also decide whether it was a good apology or if they don’t really mean it and just want to get out of trouble.

Junior Writers: Imagination and Setting

Second week of Junior Writers and we’re talking about setting.

Warm Up

Setting has three different components: place, time, and environment. I brought out the easel again and we brainstormed examples of place, time, and environment. Some examples include:

Place: castle, city, town, province, country, farm, coffee shop

Time: Afternoon, evening, daylight, nighttime, past, colonial times, future

Environment: darkness, lightness, hot, cold, temperature, sunny, rainy

Sharing Activity

Using discarded magazines, I cut out pictures that could be used as a setting. The children then chose a picture, glued it on a piece of paper and then wrote what the place, time, and environment of their setting. This allowed the children to start using their imaginations and write.

Writing Activity

In their notebooks, the kids were asked to draw a picture of their favourite place. This could have been somewhere they liked to go, or a place that they have never been, but loved to visit.

After, they were asked to describe the place in words by using the picture to help them.

I try to do the activities with the kids. This was my interpretation of the activity.

Draw and Write: Your favourite place

Draw and Write: Your favourite place

 

 

Storytime – Fall

New additions to my storytime songs for Fall!

The Leaves on the Trees (The Wheels on the Bus)

The Leaves on the trees are yellow and brown,
Yellow and brown, yellow and brown.
The leaves on the trees are yellow and brown,
All through the town.

The leaves on the trees are falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
The leaves on the trees are falling down,
All through the town.

The leaves on the trees make a crunching sound,
Crunching sound, crunching sound.
The leaves on the trees make a crunching sound
All through the town.

The children in the town jump up and down,
Up and down, up and down.
The children in the town jump up and down
On the leaves on the ground.

The Leaves on the Ground (Tune: London Bridges Falling Down)

All the leaves are falling down,
Falling down, falling down
All the leaves are falling down, it is fall.

Take the rake and rake them up,
Rake them up, rake them up
Take the rake and rake them up, it is fall.

Make a pile and jump right in
Jump right in, jump right in
Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall.