This activity can help you teach and review the proper way to take care of library books with the younger grades. I typically do this activity with 1st grade, and have purchased a small, stuffed orange and white cat to have as our reminder “mascot” throughout the year.
Here’s what you do:
1. Introduce the students to Chester and show the stuffed animal (if you have one).
2. Read the book Watch Your Paws, Chester.
3. Copy the ten pages and hand out a half page to each student.
4. Read the statement to the student and let them illustrate the page.
5. Print the front and back cover, cut them apart, and laminate them.
6. Laminate the students' pages (optional) and staple their illustrated pages inside the covers.
7. Give the book to the students to keep in their classroom or keep them in the library for students to read. I’ve also included two additional pages in case you want your students to come up with their own examples.
Updated: 3/21/15 to include a cut and paste review activity for students to take home.
**If you don't already own this book, it may be difficult to find it. There is a youtube video of the book being read at https://goo.gl/JwNp9h
I also created another activity similar to this one using the book "The Library Lion" which is readily available. Here's a link to this activity: https://goo.gl/yh5fP8
I hope you find this useful! Sandy Liptak