Free library centers are just what I need right about now, as I plan for book fair, reading challenges and research projects. How about you?
Free Halloween Listening Centers
Just print out these QR codes, place them in a pocket chart. At a nearby table, put out iPads with a QR code reader installed and with headphones. I-nigma is my favorite QR code reader.
One of my librarian colleagues showed me this handy way to display the QR codes in a pocket chart at the end of a bookshelf. Students scan the code, then replace it in the chart so someone else can use it! Clever, right?
Draw bats on bookmarks
Use these printable bat drawing instructions to let your students draw bats on bookmarks. Just cut printer/copy paper into fourths lengthwise and add crayons. (My students like to create multi-colored bats, so I put the whole tub of Twistables out for them.) Display your bat books on the table, too!
Pumpkin Pages to Color
When your students need a brain break, they can relax and color one of these printable pumpkin pages. Free for you and fun for your students! You might want to save some of these to use for library decorations.
Watch Pumpkins Grow
Do you have a spare pumpkin around the house? Cut off the top, scoop out the insides and pour soil into it. Then watch what happens!
Here’s the blog post where I tried this before, partly to test my teacher co-workers’ hypothesis that the pumpkin shell would rot before the pumpkin seeds sprouted. Just remember to add water occasionally, and you should have a happy result.
I hope you’re enjoying cooler autumn weather and time to read good books just for yourself. The school year is getting busy, isn’t it? You and your students need time to re-charge and enjoy the season!