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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rock the Tweet!

This week I have been on a mission.  My mission is to get all of the Donors Choose grants in Murfreesboro,TN fully funded by Katy Perry!
Our specific grant for our school will allow us to buy some really amazing furniture for our new library!

Katy Perry is teaming up with Staples and Donors Choose to fund 1 million dollars worth of Donors Choose grants.  Game on.  My good friend, Shannon Minner, is also moving to a new library next year and has written a Donors Choose grant of her own.  We teamed up and began to rock the tweet in support of Murfreesboro teachers who have written Donors Choose grants.  Katy has already funded all of the Donors Choose grants in D.C. as well as Atlanta!
Here's how we've set forth to Rock the Tweet for Murfreesboro:

1.  I made a video on Google's DocStoryBuilder to tweet to +Katy Perry 

2.  We've tweeted Katy Perry too many times using #MakeRoarHappen

3.  We've tweeted Taylor Swift asking her to retweet for our cause.

4.  We've tweeted Kesha and asked for her to retweet for our cause.

5.  We've tweeted Whoopi Goldberg and asked for her to retweet for our cause.

6.  Ditto for Woody and Jim on 107.5 The River

7.  Ditto for Ryan Seacrest

8.  Ditto for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro

9.  Ditto for WSMV TV in Nashville...they retweeted our tweet and helped spread the word!

So, you know when you want to rock the pool and you are in a huge pool and you feel like you should be in a baby pool instead?  We need to rally the troops and rock the big pool!  If you are on Twitter, please follow me @sarahsvarda or Shannon @ShannonMinner1 and retweet any (or all) of our tweets about #MakeRoarHappen.  Together we can rock the tweet and get all of the Donors Choose grants in Murfreesboro, TN funded!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It's Good To Be Home!

Hello again!  I haven't blogged in quite a while, but I have something very exciting to share this summer! Our school is moving back to the original building where our program began!  The reason I'm so excited to be back at our original building is that we completely renovated the library while we were there.  I have been back the last few weeks and it is so nice to be back in that amazing space!  Here are a few pictures of what it looks like now...

We had parents sew the window treatments.  The black and white accents the red and turquoise walls.

We wallpapered the backs of all of the bookshelves.

This wall will be the easy fiction section.  I am buying step stools so the little ones can reach the books.

These are the beautiful new bookshelves that Mr. Victory and James built for us.  They make it feel like you are inside a bookstore.  So beautiful!

Still lots of work to do shelving nonfiction books!  The turquoise bulletin board will become a metal magnetic board with a turquoise border.  I am taking down the two bulletin boards on the back wall and installing white gutters to display the front covers of new and exciting books all along that far wall.  I am planning on two rows of shelving on the wall.

So, here is the problem...we have so many books that we don't have enough room for tables and chairs for class time and research.  To solve the problem and make our library space comfortable and inviting, I have written a Donors Choose grant requesting the necessities for our students.  Here is what I'm asking for:

I'm asking for three of these seats.  One in black and two in red to frame in the story time area.  These will be great for students who need to move a little bit during story time.  

I'd like to have five of these seats in black and five in white.  The double as small tables that students can move to the space they'd like to work in and use as work tables.  I'm super excited about these!

I'd like a zebra print rug for the story time area.  It will tie in the black and white accent colors in the room.

The reason I'm asking for this long runner rug is so that students will always know where to line up when class is finished.  This will help to add color to the space and it will also help to make entering and exiting the library space a smooth transition.

Donors Choose has always been a great resource for acquiring items we need to make our library a better space.  My grant is up and posted on the site now.  For the next seven days, when someone donates to my project and enters the code, "INSPIRE," at checkout, DonorsChoose.org will match their donation dollar for dollar!  That means we only really have to raise about $850.00 for all of these amazing items to finish off our library space.  I can't wait to see it all come together!  

I will post updates about how the grant is going and how the library is coming together over the summer!  
It's so good to be home!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Scholastic Book Fairs Insider August 2013

All For Books?  We're All In!

From baskets to buttons, we'll do anything to raise money for Scholastic's All For Books program.
Read this month's Scholastic Book Fair Insider for some new ways to implement this program and raise money to buy books for your classroom teachers or to give away to others as you wish!

Call Number Centers

This year I am changing my outlook on my lessons just a bit.  I would like to incorporate a center-based review of concepts that I have taught to my students about library skills.  I got my idea from Cari S. Young's professional book:  The Centered School Library.

  First, I am teaching a lesson with the whole group about a new library concept and the next time the class comes to the library, we are reviewing the skill with stations.  Here is what our call number stations looked like:

Our first station came from an idea from Pat Miller's Stretchy Library Lessons.  This station is called "Sticks and Stones."  I had all four children work together on the carpet for this station.  I bought cheap rocks at Big Lots and wrote easy call numbers on each one.  Then, I wrote the author's full name on a corresponding popsicle stick.  The students dump all of the sticks and stones out on the carpet and have to work together as a team to match the author's name to their call number.  If a team needs more of a challenge, see if they can also alphabetize the call numbers after they match them.

At our second station, students worked in groups of two at a pocket chart to alphabetize easy call numbers.  I tried to make the first call number sort pretty easy.  In the second sort, students had to alphabetize to the second letter and in the third they had to alphabetize to the third letter of the author's last name.

I called our third station: "Be the librarian."  Students worked in teams of two to alphabetize books on an actual bookshelf.  Our teachers have these in their classrooms and I just asked to borrow two for the week.  The books on the top shelf were already in ABC order.  Students had to take library books from the bottom shelf and alphabetize them correctly on the top shelf.

We called our fourth station: "Call number paper plates."  Students took a pile of paper plates and worked in teams of two to alphabetize them correctly on the floor from left to right.  If you want to try this with your whole class, you can give every child a paper plate and make the class line themselves up in ABC order correctly from left to right.  This is fun to do at the end of class.  I call it a "super challenge!"

At our last station, students used I-Pads to individually play an online game called Shelve-It from Mrs. Lodge's Library.  This is an amazing game!  The kids can choose to shelve easy fiction or nonfiction call numbers and they can choose three separate levels of play.  Each level has a different number of books to shelve ranging from three to eight.  This way, each child can play at their own personal difficulty level.  The kids LOVED this game.

Overall, I felt like our first stations were a success!  I used these for first and second grades.  If you have any ideas for other stations for call numbers, please post them in the comment section and share.  Thanks so much!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Scholastic Book Fairs Insider July 2013

This month's Scholastic Book Fairs Insider article is about getting your teachers on board for your book fair!  I've shared six easy ways to involve your teachers for your best fair yet!  Please add a comment if you have any other great ideas to share.  Thanks!