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Creative Writer’s Club- This is another club that can be before or after school. It gives the students a place to share anything they have written with the group and get helpful criticism or writing tips. Maybe have a local author come speak with them one time. Basically, the less structure you place on your meetings the more the students love to come and bring what they have. In other words, do not force them to write different types of writing each time they come; let them choose they own interests.
Book Picks- Set up books on table in the library (different genres) and have the class walk around and pick a book that they find interesting. Then take time to have each of them tell the group why they picked their book and talk about the different types of genres and how they can fit students’ personalities, etc.
Children Picture Book Hooks- Volunteer to come into different teachers’ rooms and share a picture book with the class that relates to the topics they are studying. Students still love to be read to (especially if the books are funny or upbeat). It’s a great way to start a class!
Wacky or Weird News Research Project- This is a great way to get students used to checking their sources for validity. Have them divide up into small groups and search the internet on the computers looking for wacky or weird news. The kids get a real laugh out of listening to each group’s article (which is approved by the librarian). Then walk them through how to find out whether it is valid news or something someone made up that cannot be verified.
Play “Library Information Jeopardy”- First, give the students a quick lesson on information about the library (i.e. library fines, etc.). Then divide them up into 4 teams and ask questions about the information. If their answer is in question form and is correct, that team gets one point. If they get the answer right but do not put it into question format, they only get half a point. If they question this, tell them it is about following the rules! Check outwww.jeporadylabs.com to have a powerpoint generated for you!