Each year with my new class of Preps I love to read The Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.
It’s great for teaching them the rules of the library and they always jump when I do the lion’s roar. After reading the book we use the electronic whiteboard to match images from the book to the emotion the characters are feeling.
Then we finish by making our own lion mask. My assistant made a template which we photocopy onto yellow paper and pre-cut for them. They then decorate it. We tried tying it around their heads with elastic but the paper kept tearing. We decided to get the kids to tape a paddle pop stick to the back to create a hand-held mask instead.
Our first MakerSpace activity for the new school year involved students making these cards, ostensibly for Valentine’s Day, but they would be appropriate for any occasion. It was a very cheap activity – I only needed to purchase a $4 packet of rhinestones from Spotlight – everything else we already had.
To save time, my aide pre-cut the white paper to card size and pre-printed pages of heart outlines on coloured paper. Students then just had to cut the hearts out and fold and glue them following these Valentine’s day card instructions which I typed up using the following video as a guide.
We welcomed our new library monitors with a pizza lunch last week and conducted some training. This week they were awarded their badges on assembly today and commenced their duties. Our monitors come from Years 6 and 7 and have to apply for the job. It is treated as a leadership position and attracts certain privileges such as helping out at library functions, getting a free book from our Book Fair, getting a reference at the end of their tenure etc. We always have more applicants than positions available. Students work one 20-minute time slot each week and have a list of duties including:
Return any items in the returns box.
Change the “Just Returned” display.
Shelve any picture books and chapter books.
Choose books to fill empty spaces on the bay end panels.
Take lost property to the office.
Do any deliveries.
Issue books as needed.
General tidy up of the library – push in chairs, pick up books left lying around etc.