Mrs J in the Library

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By Mrs J in the Library
Start the year right and review book care with these editable, easy-to-prep library orientation lessons for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students! This unit includes three (3) printable reading response booklets and lesson plans for library
Subjects:
Literature, Library Skills, Back to School
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.K.10, RI.K.5, W.1.8, W.2.8, SL.K.2, SL.1.2, SL.2.2
$8.00
152 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs J in the Library
Teach students about character development by reading 10 picture books by Mo Willems to your kindergarten or 1st grade elementary library classes with this editable and easy-to-prep unit. The unit includes a printable reading response booklet and a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Library Skills
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Printables
$4.00
93 ratings
3.8
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By Mrs J in the Library
A set of 6 ready-made lesson plan templates designed expressly for K-5 elementary school librarians, teacher-librarians, and/or elementary school library media specialists.These documents are NOT complete lesson plans on a given topic/subject! They
Subjects:
Other (Specialty), Library Skills, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Professional Documents
$5.00
62 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs J in the Library
This unit will teach students how to navigate the library and use an online catalog (or OPAC) in an engaging, fun way! It is designed for librarians or library media specialists, though other educators may find it useful to teach about U.S. public
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology, Instructional Technology, Library Skills
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Printables, Activboard Activities
$8.50
65 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs J in the Library
Teach students about the folktales and/or fables genres, and introduce 6 picture books to your elementary library classes with this easy-to-prep unit. It includes a printable reading response booklet and a lesson plan for library classes on a fixed
Subjects:
Literature, Library Skills, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
48 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs J in the Library
This bundle includes 13 ready-made lesson plan templates designed expressly for K-12 school librarians, teacher-librarians, and/or elementary school library media specialists teaching students across all grade levels. Click on the links below to
Subjects:
Other (Specialty), Library Skills, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Lesson Plans (Bundled), Professional Documents
$11.00
$9.90
16 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs J in the Library
This HUGE bundle includes every reading response activity booklet and lesson plan unit in my store for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. Save 10% when you buy this bundle instead of buying each item separately, and you get FREE updates for
Subjects:
Life Skills, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$28.00
$25.20
25 ratings
3.9
Bundle
By Mrs J in the Library
Teach students about nonfiction picture books by reading 6 literary nonfiction books to your 1st or 2nd grade elementary library classes with this editable and easy-to-prep unit. It includes a printable reading response booklet and a lesson plan for
Subjects:
Literature, Library Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
W.1.8, SL.1.2
$4.00
17 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs J in the Library
Ready to try something different in your library, computer lab, or classroom? Want to encourage your students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills while having fun and being creative? Start a makerspace!!This zip file includes
Subjects:
Reading, Library Skills, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Science Centers
CCSS:
RI.3.4, RI.3.7, RI.4.4, RI.5.4
$4.00
28 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs J in the Library
At these 2 library centers or writing centers, students will write reviews of a book they have read, or an app they have used, and support their opinion with reasons. Students could also publish their book reviews through an online library catalog
Subjects:
Instructional Technology, Library Skills, Writing
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.5.1, W.5.1b, W.5.6
$5.50
20 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs J in the Library
Teach students how to read a comic or other visual media by reading aloud 5 graphic novels (or comic books) to your 1st or 2nd grade elementary library classes with this editable and easy-to-prep unit. It includes a printable reading response
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Library Skills
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RL.2.7
$4.00
11 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs J in the Library
Help students learn beginning research skills by reading aloud at least 4 fiction and nonfiction pet-themed books to your kindergarten or 1st grade elementary library classes with this editable and easy-to-prep unit. It includes a printable reading
Subjects:
Literature, Library Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
W.K.7, W.K.8, W.1.7, W.1.8
$5.00
16 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs J in the Library
Help your students become makers and creators at home and at school by adding circulating maker / craft kits to your school or classroom library! This zip file includes 15 pages of materials to create 3 GoldieBlox™ kits that can be checked out by
Subjects:
Science, Other (Specialty), Library Skills
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$5.00
11 ratings
3.9
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By Mrs J in the Library
At this library center, students will observe birds at a window birdfeeder (if you have a window), or on a web camera live feed such as the Cornell Lab Bird Cams. Using library resources (either print or online), students will formulate 1-2
Subjects:
Biology, Library Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Science Centers
CCSS:
W.2.7, W.3.7, W.4.7, W.5.7
$4.50
8 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs J in the Library
Your students can learn firsthand about metamorphosis and the different life cycle stages of insects by observing ladybugs at this research center!  While they are recording their observations of ladybugs in an enclosed terrarium, students will also
Subjects:
Biology, Library Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Science Centers
CCSS:
W.2.7, W.3.7, W.4.7, W.5.7
$6.00
6 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs J in the Library
Your students can learn firsthand about metamorphosis and the different life cycle stages of insects by observing ladybugs at this research center! While they are recording their observations of ladybugs in an enclosed terrarium, students will also
Subjects:
Biology, Library Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Science Centers, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.2.7, W.3.7, W.4.7, W.5.7
$8.00
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By Mrs J in the Library
Introduce and read up to 15 books from the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award nominations in this reading response activity booklet and lesson plan for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students.  Now UPDATED for the 2018-19 school
Subjects:
Literature, Library Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
FREE
12 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs J in the Library
This lesson plan is for the genre study I teach on graphic novels that lasts 4 or 5 forty-minute library class periods. One library class includes reading the book, book exchange, and the students doing the response activity. The lesson plan is
Subjects:
Literature, Library Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
14 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs J in the Library
The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association runs a book contest each year called the PA Young Readers’ Choice Awards Program. There are four categories: K-3, Grades 3-6, Grades 6-8, and Young Adult, and there are approximately 15 books in each
Subjects:
Literature, Library Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
4 ratings
4.0
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By Mrs J in the Library
An essential part of any pre-kindergarten or kindergarten curriculum includes learning the parts of a book, the roles of authors and illustrators, and the difference between fiction and nonfiction. These essential skills are the foundation of any
Subjects:
Reading, Other (Specialty), Library Skills
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten
Types:
Workbooks, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
RI.K.5, RI.K.6
FREE
29 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 12th year as an elementary teacher-librarian, six of which I was the library department co-chair. I also spent 5 years as a technology workshop instructor.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe teacher-librarians and library spaces should inspire and empower students to create, as well as read, research, and think critically. In 2013, I started using library centers for grades 3-5 as I teach on a semi-fixed library schedule. Currently, I use a blend of mini lessons and constructivism with time for students to work in class and have some choices in their learning. When sharing a book with a class or small group, however, I use questioning heavily as I try to guide students to figure out the answer themselves. Critical thinking skills are an absolutely necessary part of my teaching, and my students have to bring their brains (and listening ears) to library class!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

PA School Librarian Association (PSLA) Outstanding Library District Award, 2016; Presenter at the PA School Librarian Association and PA Library Association conferences; Commonwealth Libraries LSTA K-12 laptop grant recipient, 2009-10

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Elementary Education from Messiah College, Grantham, PA; M.L.I.S. in Library Science from University of Pittsburgh, PA; Online Teaching Endorsement from Millersville University

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I live in Pennsylvania with my awesome husband and daughter.

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