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Library Makers

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A blog of maker projects suitable for your library!  I found this via the Library as Incubator blog, which is well worth following.

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Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 2015 6:57 PM

Blog of maker ideas.

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The Children Who Grow Up in 'Book Deserts'

The Children Who Grow Up in 'Book Deserts' | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.
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Donate a book today to Reach Out and Read, or First Book!

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Why Sustainability is Crucial for the Maker Movement: and vice versa

Why Sustainability is Crucial for the Maker Movement: and vice versa | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
 Creating something gives you a special feeling. Take a bunch of random objects and violà you have created something else. The problem with making is that sometimes it can cost a lot of money. We're always looking for funds or swiping our credit cards. Constant trips to the local craft store. Can we support this type of making…
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We packed up our maker space last year, after spending way too much time cleaning up after the 10-15 kids who used it. I'm rethinking it--maybe adding a parent volunteer to keep it organized--but this is essentially what my focus was. We had a few new things, like plastic cord, but most of it was recycled. Don't forget to add weeded books! Making book art was one of our most popular activities, and I still have shelves full of weeded books in our textbook room. When we dip our toes back into the makerspace movement, sustainability will be our focus! I love the tshirt ideas here, and will be asking for donations once we're set up!

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How Would Students Redesign the Learning Space? 

How Would Students Redesign the Learning Space?  | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

John Spencer writes, about asking students to redesign learning spaces:

 

So, the following were the most common places mentioned by my students:

  1. Playgrounds: Whether it’s the little kid playground equipment or the skatepark, there is value in finding inspiration from playground design. Playground designers focus on intuitive, fluid movement. I realize that learning isn’t always play. However, there are elements of playground that we could easily incorporate into our spaces. For example, why can’t we have slides that go down from the stairs in our classrooms? Why can’t we rearrange furniture so kids can move more easily? Why can’t we create places where kids can stand?
  2. Libraries: For all the talk of finding inspiration outside of our schools, many of my students described the library as an ideal learning space. They loved the choice and differentiation. They loved the blend of semi-private and totally open. And they loved the totally vintage Michael J Fox, Back to the Future READ poster.
  3. Arcades: This isn’t a surprise, really. Kids described loving the noise, the action, and the fun in an arcade. Although I personally couldn’t handle teaching in an arcade, I wonder what elements of an arcade might work in a learning space redesign.
  4. The Outdoors: When I asked my son to describe the ideal classroom space, he said, “a lake by a waterfall.” About a quarter of my students (often the most introverted) described similar spaces. They wanted to work in quiet. They still wanted to write, draw, edit multimedia, etc. But they wanted to do that in a way that would allow them to walk away from the screen and escape to nature.
  5. Studios: This could have been the result of teaching journalism, but students wanted to be in a space that looked more like a media studio, with moving props, green screens, and scattered places to work.

 

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

The only one of these places that already exists at our middle school is the library! I always think of my library as students' third place, not home, not work (classroom) but a place they can explore on their own and use as they like. All of our upcoming remodeling will reflect this!

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Battling Censorship: Getting the Books to the Kids

Battling Censorship: Getting the Books to the Kids | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Kate Messner writes, about her book dealing with addiction, and the censorship by one school of her book and visit: "It would be wonderful to live in a world where not talking about a thing made it vanish or took away all of its power. But we don’t live in that world. This epidemic is fueled by silence and shame. And keeping kids from stories about the effect of addiction on families only makes that stigma worse."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I just ordered two copies for my library. I'll also be using Kate's beautiful quote if I ever face challenges for books that deal with serious issues: "It would be wonderful to live in a world where not talking about a thing made it vanish or took away all of its power." 

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Professional Development Ideas for Summer Break | Knowledge Quest

Professional Development Ideas for Summer Break | Knowledge Quest | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
The end of the school year is quickly approaching and we are all looking forward to some rest and time to recoup from our busy year. Probably the last thing we want to think about at this moment is putting... Read More ›
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Ideas for any time of the year! I obviously love Scoop.it, but also recommend using Diigo, Pinterest, or any other curation tool you're comfortable with. Just pick a topic you want to focus on, and get busy curating! I also love the idea of catching up on the Edweb.net webinars. Michelle Luhtula's are alway well worth your time. And TL Cafe! Blogs! This article gives you a good foundation for PD that's available anytime, anywhere (as long as you have WiFi.)

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Five Ways School Librarians Can Meet The Needs of Students in Poverty

The Adventures of Library Girl: Five Ways School Librarians Can Meet The Needs of Students in Poverty | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Jennifer LaGarde writes: "But did you also know that, over half of US public school children now live in poverty? Let me allow that to sink in for a moment. Seriously. Stop and think about this for a minute: In the richest country in the world, a majority of public school students now live in poverty. And while I could go off on a rant about how unbelievable, insane, criminal this is, I guess what I’m trying to say is that these are not “other teacher’s students.” Kids living in poverty are all of our kids. "

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If Jennifer's post doesn't inspire you, you have no soul. 

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YA Books and More: Make Your Library Sizzle, Not Fizzle

YA Books and More: Make Your Library Sizzle, Not Fizzle | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Naomi Bates writes: "And so, it got me thinking....what are some other things that we, as librarians, could tweak just a little, to make a HUGE impact?  Here is my top five list of
habit-breakers for librarians.

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Naomi Bates is full of great ideas for your school library! Read her post and see what tweaks you can make to your library--or your library professional little self:)  (NB: I used my own library photo for this Scoop!)

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Weeding the Worst Library Books - The New Yorker

Weeding the Worst Library Books - The New Yorker | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Daniel A. Gross on the librarians behind the blog Awful Library Books, which calls attention to old texts of questionable value.
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You have to follow this blog! It will make you feel better about how long you held onto those Childhood of Famous Americans books! Keep this handy if you every get questions about weeding your collection:)

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 California School Libraries Focus of Audit Request

 California School Libraries Focus of Audit Request | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
The audit will determine whether California’s K-12 schools are providing statutorily-required library services to the state’s school children.
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Is it possible the tide may finally be turning in California? Our neighboring district, Vista Unified, is making strong progress in adding librarians to their secondary schools, along with librarians working with elementary library staff. I would love to work with a teacher librarian at least once before I retire!

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ALL THE WONDERS OF Swap!

ALL THE WONDERS OF Swap! | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Activities, games, crafts, an introduction to the artist--it just doesn't get any better than All the Wonders and their celebration of Steve Light's new book, Swap! I would love to go back to elementary school just to share this book with students!

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All the Wonders keeps getting better and better. If you're working with elementary students, you owe it to them to check out this site!

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Technology for Teachers and Librarians: Work Smarter, Not Harder: Integrate with Google

Technology for Teachers and Librarians: Work Smarter, Not Harder: Integrate with Google | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Via GwynethJones
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Another point to add to our argument for purchasing Gale databases for our middle schools! Thanks to Gwyneth Jones for scooping this:)

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This is a super post how to expand your Google Apps for Education tools! Plus, the author is a former Mermaid!

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This is a super post how to expand your Google Apps for Education tools! Plus, the author is a former Mermaid!

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Another point to add to our argument for purchasing Gale databases for our middle schools! Thanks to Gwyneth Jones for scooping this:)

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How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent

How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Some school libraries are reinventing themselves as makerspaces, but this Ohio library took a slightly different approach and has seen incredible results.
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One of my teachers just shared this with me with a note: "Doesn't this sound more useful than a maker space?" I tend to agree! 

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Ng Joo Hui's curator insight, March 8, 10:30 AM

Re-invention of the school library.

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One of my teachers just shared this with me with a note: "Doesn't this sound more useful than a maker space?" I tend to agree! 

Darin Nakakihara's curator insight, March 9, 10:24 AM

One of my teachers just shared this with me with a note: "Doesn't this sound more useful than a maker space?" I tend to agree! 

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Pairing novels with informational text

Pairing novels with informational text | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
A short promotion of titles in our library that would provide informational text to supplement literature units.
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How are you promoting your library to classroom teachers? Are they aware of all the ways the library can ease their pain? Making short Powtoon videos works for staff as well as students. 

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These are only a few ideas for pairing nonfiction with core novels. Check with your library staff to get more suggestions!

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 26, 12:11 PM

Good idea to get kids to read fiction and compare it to non-fiction.

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Don’t Be Afraid of Color

Don’t Be Afraid of Color | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
"Color is your friend," proclaims the first chapter of Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor. Maybe, but in a world where many folks play it safe with white or neutrals color schemes, color can be scary. We know.
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Such an easy way to update your library! Our major remodel has been pushed back until winter break, but I would love to get our walls painted at that time, too.
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Navigating the Stacks

Navigating the Stacks | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

It's that time of year y'all. We're desperately holding on to our "summers when we know that in just a few weeks we'll be deep in orientations, classes, workshops, and meetings. The important thing is that we're not there YET and we still have some time to get in some great design projects, like today's submission…"

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I was about to email Dan to see the rest of his Dewey signs, but realized I'd have to come up with different images to make this click with middle school. But wait! Why should I decide which images click, when I work with TWO THOUSAND middle schoolers? So, as much as it pains me to not have this ready before school starts, I am going to wait to re-do our nonfiction signage  and let students vote on which images best define each Dewey 100s category for them! And if the art teachers are interested, this can be a collaborative project with the advanced art class. Thanks to Library Design Share and Dan Vinson for the spark!

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Why What We Do Matters

Why What We Do Matters | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, I was moved to tears by Jennifer LaGarde's beautiful post about the power of libraries to change children's lives. If you haven't read it, go do so now.

 

This week I've been reading Kate Messner's posts here and here about her latest book, The Seventh Wish. The book is about a middle schooler who loves ice fishing, Irish dancing, and her older sister who is a heroin addict. And because of that last topic, a school principal cancelled Kate's visit. The school also cancelled their book order, because the school library shouldn't provide books about such troubling issues. 

 

Please read Kate's posts, because she is much more eloquent than I am about this travesty. All I kept thinking about when I read The Seventh Wish was one of my former 6th graders who I've known since kindergarten. He'd been bugging me for weeks about a hold he had placed on a popular book. When the book was ready for him, I expected him to fly into the library and start reading immediately. Instead, he asked if I could give it to the next student in line. I was annoyed--I'd made his hold a priority due to his excitement about this book! He looked around to make sure no one else could hear, then said, "Well, I really want to read it now, but my mom is in rehab. I told her about the book, and she said it sounded so good she wants to read it. I thought maybe I could get it when she gets out, so she has something to look forward to, like reading it together." (Yeah, you'd totally guess this family was dealing with addiction, what with that million dollar home, two gorgeous blonde surfer dude kids, and the matching Mercedes SUVs in the garage. Don't think your school is too rich, too white, or too homespun American for this to happen.)

 

Drug and alcohol addiction, poverty, abuse, mental illness, homelessness--the list can go on forever. Things we'd rather our students not know about, but that some students deal with every single day. Let's make sure our libraries are always the place students can realize they're not alone. And if you're fighting a battle with your principal or school district to keep books on the shelf, using Jennifer and Kate's posts together would create a knock-out punch even Muhammad Ali would admire. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next Donors Choose project--an author visit from Kate Messner! 

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Adopt, Adapt and Improve: Metro Nashville Public Schools Redefines School Libraries

Adopt, Adapt and Improve: Metro Nashville Public Schools Redefines School Libraries | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Tennessee's Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is blazing trails in innovative library and media center design to bring true 21st Century literacy to 83,000 students in more than 150 schools.   Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is blazing trails in innovative library and media center design
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

What a great article! You'll be inspired to make changes to your library, no matter how small! We've got some big changes scheduled over the summer: a new entrance, which will get rid of a hulking and dangerous glass display case; new counters for student computers which will create standing workspace, and a new area for our projection screen, which will open up a corner for a reading nook and give us a quiet presentation area! In preparation, we've done some heavy weeding to eliminate one wall of fiction.

 

We still need to move two 14 foot long bookcases of nonfiction to accommodate the seating in front of the projection screen, but we have almost 4 weeks left to squeeze that in (in between textbook collection, of course!) I'm looking forward to my "new" library, which should create both more collaborative space and more quiet reading areas!

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Diversity in children's books goes deeper than race

"The thing I'm most fascinated by is class," said author Matt de la Pena. "I like to describe it this way: My goal is to show the beauty and grace that exists 'on the wrong side of the tracks.'"
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I loved reading this, a day after reading Jennifer LaGarde's powerful blog post! Imagine how we can "cover each other's blind spots"!

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Finals Week: It Has Arrived!

Finals Week: It Has Arrived! | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
It's that time of year again. The stress levels are high, the self-care activity is low, and college students everywhere could use an extra 8 hours in everyday. It's final week, and if your library is anything like mine, it's quiet and full of ultra-focused students. Today's design from Jess Burkhardt, Public Services Librarian at…
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While this is geared toward college students, I'm sure some high school librarians can adapt this for their libraries! (I'm thinking about it for 8th graders, who have testing in English, math and science this year!) Check out Librarian Design Share's site for other great ideas on displays, logos, flyers, signage and much more!

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How Sharing on Social Media Helped Me Become a Better Educator

How Sharing on Social Media Helped Me Become a Better Educator | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
I used to think Twitter was just for celebrities. What they wore, who they’re with, and where they went. Then, I discovered that the true superstars on Twitter
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When I went to the CSLA conference in San Diego in February, I was shocked at how few library professionals who attended were on social media. Deborah Ford presented about marketing for school libraries, and asked for a show of hands: Who's on Twitter? Pinterest? Facebook? Who uses these SM tools for work? Hardly anyone in the room was!  

 

This is a great article to share with any educator who is hesitant to get started with social media!

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Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Adrienne Lafrance writes: "Some 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30. At the same time, American readers' relationship with public libraries is changing—with younger readers less likely to see public libraries as essential in their communities."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Be sure to read the study in the link: lots more detailed information! Does this make you view your library differently? I love that millenials recognize not all information is on the internet AND that those without internet access are at a disadvantage. 

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The Daring Librarian: Speed Dating by Book Genre: Personal Ads

The Daring Librarian: Speed Dating by Book Genre: Personal Ads | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Deborah Ford says it's marketing, not bragging, so I'm sharing a blog post Gwyneth Jones wrote, featuring a lesson I did. I benefited from the collaboration, as she added her graphics which make the lesson much more visually appealing!  

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The Impact of Assigned Reading on Reading Pleasure in Young Adults

The Impact of Assigned Reading on Reading Pleasure in Young Adults | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Stacy Creel writes: "Modeling reading, sharing books with students, and giving students opportunities to share their choices are instrumental components of encouraging reading. In the case of this research, self-selection had a significant effect on whether or not students enjoyed the books they read for school. Since most students have access to classroom and school libraries, it is important that these collections appeal to their reading interests and offer a variety of resources to support self-selection."

 

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Self-selection for reading is so critical in middle school. One of those children in the photo above was in my library yesterday, and was amazed that he could check out Unbroken for a reading project. "We just want you to read," his teacher and I told him. He was certain he could only read chapter books, after having that drummed into him in elementary school. Here's to a newly enthusiastic reader of narrative non-fiction! (And now that he knows what it's called, he'll have a much easier time finding what he likes in my library, a class library, or public library!)

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Self-selection for reading is so critical in middle school. One of those children in the photo above was in my library yesterday, and was amazed that he could check out Unbroken for a reading project. "We just want you to read," his teacher and I told him. He was certain he could only read chapter books, after having that drummed into him in elementary school. Here's to a newly enthusiastic reader of narrative non-fiction! (And now that he knows what it's called, he'll have a much easier time finding what he likes in my library, a class library, or public library!)

Eric Coreas's curator insight, April 4, 1:00 AM
In this article the writer talks about how students do better reading books they actually want to read instead of the ones they are assigned. Throughout the article the writer provides a lot of data that would be useful in a research topic like this one. I also agree with the writer about student reading what they want to read will make reading more fun and enjoyable. The writer’s audience would be school districts all over the country because students do not like getting assigned boring books to read. It ruins the purpose of reading if you do not want to read something you do not like. The writer’s main point would be that students should be allowed to read whatever they want so they can enjoy it. With this being said there would be more students reading as well. The website does not seem that credible but the information in this article can be useful for an essay.
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Self-selection for reading is so critical in middle school. One of those children in the photo above was in my library yesterday, and was amazed that he could check out Unbroken for a reading project. "We just want you to read," his teacher and I told him. He was certain he could only read chapter books, after having that drummed into him in elementary school. Here's to a newly enthusiastic reader of narrative non-fiction! (And now that he knows what it's called, he'll have a much easier time finding what he likes in my library, a class library, or public library!)

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Podcasting with Spreaker

Podcasting with Spreaker | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Buffy Hamilton writes: "We’ve been megabusy this week in the Hooch Learning Studio learning about podcasting.  10th Literature/Composition classes from Ms. Harrison, Ms. Garth, Ms. Smith, and Mr. White have participated in a live class podcast using Spreaker, a podcasting platform that allows students to create podcasts through several mediums:

  • A web-based application that students can use (helpful in school environments where students can’t download an application like Audacity)
  • A downloadable desktop app that works for a PC or Mac.
  • Mobile apps for IOS or Android devices
  • The ability to upload an audio file a student might record with a tool like GarageBand or Audacity and then upload the file for easy publishing"
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Buffy generously shares lots of great tips to get started on a podcasting project. I haven't used Spreaker, but love the idea that you can use it across various media. 

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Joanne Schmidt's curator insight, March 21, 8:28 AM

Buffy generously shares lots of great tips to get started on a podcasting project. I haven't used Spreaker, but love the idea that you can use it across various media. 

EdfoGlobal's comment, March 25, 3:17 AM
www.edfoglobal.com is a educational portal that provides end to end solution for each and every need of a student under one platform (be it Information from Playschool to PhD, Coaching Centres, Sports, Admissions, Educational Loans, Career Counselling, Supply of Curriculum Books and the like)
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From Mary: "Buffy generously shares lots of great tips to get started on a podcasting project. I haven't used Spreaker, but love the idea that you can use it across various media."

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6th Grade Speed Dating Genres

6th Grade Speed Dating Genres | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

We're speed dating this week. Several 6th grade teachers want their students to explore different fiction genres. I decided to make some personal ads (pictured above) for different genres or subgenres. I already had resources lists in Destiny for these genres, so it made it easy. We have eleven tables, which we'll load with books and an ad. Students will have to rotate through at least 4 tables. They'll be discussing genres in class, but I made an exit ticket so I can track which are the most popular (I still have one more book order to place.) If you're interested, here's a link to the ads, and a link to the exit ticket. The ads document has the titles listed separately at the end, to make it easier for my aides to cut them out! :)

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