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Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

Schema: original Goldilocks and the Three Bears story

Text-to-Text Connections: Both stories have a similar plot

Compare and Contrast: What are the differences about and similarities of the Goldilocks characters?
What are the differences and similarities with the houses?

Synthesis: Can you think of another place Goldilocks could visit that would teach readers about manners or books?

Goldie Socks is a great book for librarians to use with library orientation in elementary school.  I love the part where the books were returned to the shelf upside down and backwards.  If anything could help students learn to put the books back where they go, oh the joy!


The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom

best book to readSchema: visiting the library

Text-to-Self Connections: visiting the library, learning all about what is available at the library, listening to read alouds, learning about the different genres

Text-to-Text Connections: I.Q. Visits the Library by Mary Ann Fraser; in this book students visit the library, take a tour with the librarian and learn about everything available in the library.

School bus connection with field trips

Exploring the different sections of the library

Organizational Strategies: As you read about the different types of books that are mentioned in the book, show your students where those books are located in your library.

Synthesis: The big idea of the book is to learn all about the library.

T is for Teachers A School Alphabet by Steven L. Layne

tisforteachersSchema: cover shows kids in a classroom raising their hands, teacher writing on board

Text-to-Self Connections: so many with every part of the school and all of the people who work there from custodians, crossing guards, nurses, principals, books, and all things to do with education except the counselor who is left out.  When you get to the C, you can ask the kids what else is in their schema about someone who works at the school whose job starts with a C.

Text-to-text connections: other alphabet books

Compare and Contrast: On the O page for the one room school house there is a boy standing with his face to the wall.  Compare that type of punishment with how schools discipline students today.  This conversation with the students is very interesting.

Synthesis: I think the big idea of the book is to practice alphabetical order and learn about every part of the school.

Organizational Strategies: The alphabetical order of the book lends itself to a discussion of the organization of the library.

I.Q. Goes to the Library by Mary Ann Fraser

iq goes to the library Schema: our school library, our classroom, our class pets

Text-to-Self Connections: going to the school library

Sitting in a special corner or area of the library

Listening to stories in the library

Wanting to check out the book the librarian is reading to the class

Seeing magazines, puppets, newspapers in the library

Noticing that we have similar books, chapter, hardcover, paperback

Noticing the different areas of the library: nonfiction, biography

Great time to share the databases where students can hear a story out loud such as Teachingbooks. net

Using shelf markers and putting books back where they go

Book Care

Using computers to access the catalog

Getting papers signed by a parent/guardian

Enjoying the books you check out over the weekend

Text-to-Text Connections: I.Q. It’s Time, The Three Little Pigs

Mental Image: Imagine that you see I.Q. jumping on the mouse and dancing on the keyboard

Inference: We can infer from the illustrations that I.Q. does not have to stay in a cage in the classroom.

We infer that the story I.Q. wore the puppet for went with The Three Little Pigs.  The librarian is also holding the book.

Synthesis: The big idea of the book is how to use the library.  I am synthesizing that there are lots of things to do and learn about in the library.