Science centers in the school library will add a sense of excited discovery to your learning space! There are so many that are simple to set up, not messy at all, and full of educational opportunities!You may choose to coordinate your science work stations with topics that you know certain grade levels are studying. Keep your eye on the pacing guide to see if you
Ed Helper Printable Bookmarks:At EdHelper, they have a good collection of bookmarks that you can print for students to color. The ones on the list with a (b&w) after the name are the ones for coloring. Illustrations include cats and dogs; gingerbread; dinosaurs, endangered animals, and holidays. Scholastic Printable Bookmarks:If you subscribe to Scholastic Printables (you can use Scholastic Dollars from your book fair), you
Bookmarks can be a way for students to express their creativity, in a colorful format. I don’t know about your area, but we don’t have many art teachers in elementary schools anymore around here. In the emphasis on standardized, high-stakes testing, we don’t allow students much time for artistic pursuits.This library center is not only creative and artsy, but it allows everyone to be successful.
You can find printable bookmarks for specific books and authors. Here are a few I’ve found. Bookmarks from The End by David LaRochelle: You can print bookmarks to color from his fun picture book, The End. The book is a fantastic upside down fairy tale that starts with “and they all lived happily ever after” and ends with “once upon a time.” The printable bookmarks include
Are there questions that you answer over and over all day long? Create a bookmark in Word (four column table in landscape) or Publisher (text blocks) with the question and answer. Have it ready for the student who needs help at the same time that your check-out line is stretching on to infinity.For example, I get asked all day long if any of the Diary
Printable bookmarks are another staple of my library centers. I have a stack of bookmarks, together with colored pencils and Twistables crayons (much less messy than regular crayons–but don’t buy the Twistables colored pencils–they break VERY easily!) I have a sign stating that students may color ONE bookmark (otherwise some kids will stuff ten into their folder, and I’ll spend all day copying and chopping
Wanna see my library centers? For those of you who are too far away to visit me, here’s a peek inside my place. All school libraries can implement centers. When you look at my set-up, you’ll see how easy it can be!Hint: if you have trouble viewing the video, click through to YouTube. It might work better there.
How do you start library centers in school libraries? How much time will it take? Will it work in my special situation? Can I do this without spending any money? Can I do this without a library assistant or parent volunteers?Those are all great questions. I want to help you get started with library centers, because I’ve seen the way centers transform school libraries. I
One of my library centers is a shelf talker contest. I set up a table with an “I Can” sign (see example below), blank (unlined) 4 by 6 cards, pencils, and colored pencils, crayons, and markers.I collect the entries for a couple of weeks. Then some of my book fair volunteers help me judge the entries. I award book fair posters to the winners, and
Here is a library center that will help your shelves talk students into picking up books. Really! Take a look at this photo. See my inspiration? I went to an awesome independent book store in Austin, Texas called Book People. As you can see, they have these cool shelf talkers created by their employees, to help you get an idea of what the books are