DISCLAIMER: All of the following items are either for sale or free at my TPT store. All are original items created by me on my own time (not at school), and whether they are free or cost a few dollars, all of them took considerable time for me to create. I do not make much money on TPT, but what I do make goes to support this blog, pay annual domain fees, purchase clipart and software, and keep me happily caffeinated!
|Got Five Minutes? Start Your Library Time With Current Events|
I am so excited to share this idea today! If you are looking to spice up your library lesson routine, this idea is a must-try! It will work with upper-elementary, middle school, and even high school. And like most of my library ideas, it works in classrooms as well. What a fun way to get students' attention at the beginning of class!
|Sub-Friendly Library Activity & Bulletin Board Idea (for December)|
It's flu season! Preparing for a sub is NO FUN when you are sick. This lesson takes minutes to prepare, the students love it, and it doubles as a holiday-themed bulletin board. Best of all, it's sub-friendly! Includes printable directions and template.
|What Mystery Genre Character Are You? Quiz|
Are you The Accomplice? The Criminal? The Detective? The Witness? The Victim? This 12-question quiz is a fun way to introduce students to the mystery genre and the concept of literary archetypes. Like the "What's Your Genre Personality?" Quiz, this quiz helps your students determine what character they might play in their favorite mystery novel.
|Putting the BOO in Book: 10 Creepy Read-Alouds for Middle Schoolers|
Let's face it: Middle Schoolers LOVE scary stories! Some of these are mildly creepy, and others are keep-you-up-at-night scary. Take your pick!
|Reading Interest Survey|
This is an editable 4-page (2 pages front-to-back) reading interest survey based on the ideas in Donalyn Miller's The Book Whisperer. It has lots of space for responses and will really give you the opportunity to get to know your students and their library needs. One of the items, "What would you change about our library?" was especially enlightening for me. Turns out, several students complained about our library clock's location. They were right, you cannot see it from most of the library. We now have a huge (like 8' tall!) book clock on one wall. Bam!
|Armchair Travelers Unite! Challenge Your Students to Read Around the World|
This fall, I am challenging my middle schoolers to read picture books representing different countries. This is a project I've been thinking about doing for years, and it's finally happening! This post, the first in a two-part series, focuses on why I'm doing this, what kinds of books I've ordered, how I set it up, and what I plan to do to promote the challenge.
|What's Your Genre Personality? Quiz|
Remember those magazine personality quizzes we took as teens? This PowerPoint quiz is meant as a 40-minute library lesson. At the end of the quiz, students find out if they are Questioners, Escapists, MacGyvers, Realists, History Buffs, Thrill-Seekers, Class Clowns, or Romantics. Each personality type gets multiple genre recommendations just for them!
|Genre Personality Profile: The Escapist|
Includes more detailed profile of Escapists and ways that parents, teachers, and school librarians can help them succeed in and out of school. Also includes four printable bookmarks, separated by age group.
|Genre Personality Profile: The Questioner|
Questioners are curious, intelligent, and have excellent memories. Meet four of my favorite Questioners and download four printable bookmarks of recommended reads.
|Genre Personality Profile: The Thrill-Seeker|
Thrill-Seekers love action and adrenaline. As with the others, this one also includes four printable bookmarks, separated by age group.
|Genre Personality Profile: The Class Clown|
Class Clowns are an interesting bunch. On the surface, the genre personality suggests an outgoing student who attracts attention by being funny. And that is true of some Class Clowns. But I think many Class Clowns worry about their reading abilities, and as a result, are often quiet, somewhat shy, and sensitive.
|Genre Personality Profile: The Realist|
Includes more detailed profile of Realists and ways that parents, teachers, and school librarians can help them succeed in and out of school. Also includes four printable bookmarks, separated by age group.
|Back to School Library Scavenger Hunt|
This activity helps sixth graders explore the library and find important items and places (printer, book return, circulation desk, pencil sharpener, different genre sections, etc.) I used QR codes and a secret message from Dumbledore to help make it interesting. The students loved it!
|Texas Lone Star Reading List--Like/Dislike Poster|
Updated for 2017-2018! This two-page document includes all 20 Texas Lone Star Reading List books for both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. It is a visible way for students to quickly vote for and recommend books from the Lone Star Lists to one another. Directions for use are available in the TPT description.
|12 YA quotation posters with coordinating bookmarks|
Includes 12 recently-released YA titles including: Defending Taylor (Kenneally, 2016), Dumplin (Murphy, 2015), Cruel Beauty (Hodge, 2014), The Nest (Oppel, 2015), Rot & Ruin (Maberry, 2012), and more. Each has a full-color printable quotation poster, full-color quotation bookmark, and readalikes bookmark. Each of the bookmarks includes a full-color version and a printer-friendly black and white version.
|Reading Bingo Bookmark--These are great for summer reading and will work with any age. Each bookmark represents a row of Bingo and emphasizes places and circumstances for reading rather than specific books or genres. Includes four different Bingo bookmarks.|
|Middle School Reading Bingo--Get your middle school students excited about reading with these printable Reading Bingo cards, designed especially for students in grades 6-8. This post also includes 5 ideas for implementation and low- or no-cost prize ideas.|
|Color bookmarks for summer|
These are sure to be a huge hit with students--I printed 60 of these bookmarks this morning, and they were all gone by the end of the day!
|Summer bookmark to color|
Flip flop bookmarks for students to color.