Student Organized Book Clubs

A few weeks ago two fourth graders, Emma and Anna, approached me about starting a scary book club. We created a flyer together.  Then they talked to both fourth grade classes to invite them to joint the club if interested.

Then two days after the scary book club got organized two more fourth  graders, Christopher and Dillon, approached me about a fantasy reading club.  And so the fourth grade book clubs were born. I had two different groups of excited students in the library today during recess talking about the books they are reading in their favorite genre, looking at the shelves to find new book, and making lists for future reading.  The enthusiasm of these kids reminds me of why I am a school librarian. 🙂 

The students will continue to meet periodically from March to May to share their favorite books and find new ones to read.  I am so impressed with the initiative of these students to organize these clubs.



Student Book Budget Crew

For the second year, students at TJ Connor Elementary are helping choose books for the library.  Third and fourth grade students were invited to participate this year and many accepted the challenge.  We start by reviewing the survey we used last year and made some changes. Then we surveyed students in grades K-2.  The 3rd through 5th grades completed the survey online during the same week K-2 students were surveyed.  You can see our survey here.

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While we did not get every student in the school surveyed, we have a good representation of grade levels.  We now have survey results and when we return from holiday break, we will begin looking at the results to create lists of books to order.  We plan to meet with two vendors this year:  Gumdrop Books and PermaBound.  Take a look at our students in action and our survey results.

Here are the survey results in full color!  book-budget-crew-survey-results

We are excited to meet with our vendors in January and will post another post when we do.



Wrapping Up the Research Projects

I  shared first, second, and third grade research projects in previous posts.  All of these were great projects on animals.  The fourth and fifth graders also finished up their research projects;  Their projects were designed to add College and Career Readiness standards, focusing on the decision-making process.

Fourth graders research natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, forest fires, and hurricanes.  As part of their research  they had to create a safety plan for themselves.  In addition to understanding the disaster itself and how to stay safe, students had to apply the safety knowledge they learned to their own life, making decisions on what to do in the event of the disaster. Students created a PowerPoint presentation to share the information they learned.  This was a great way to review the skills learned earlier in the year on making a presentation.  Learning how to make PowerPoints must have worked because one of the teachers commented on how the students are creating PowerPoints for everything now and talking about animations and transitions!  It is always great to hear how the work done in the library is transferred back into the classroom.


The fifth graders conducted career research.  Each student chose a career and researched what the career was, what education was needed, famous people or contributions made in that career, and what character traits were needed to be successful in that career.  Students used many different resources including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, encyclopedias, and college/university websites.  Students were very excited about the research, working on it outside of library as well.  Some students decided after their research that they are no longer interested in that career, but now they have the skills to research other careers that interest them.  Fifth grade also created PowerPoints to share their knowledge and present the careers to their classmates.  The teacher commented that students were also working on the presentations in their classroom and students were teaching each other how to add sound, pictures, animations to students who needed help.  I love hearing that students are able to teach others the new skills they learned.

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