Friday, July 29, 2022

25% off my Entire TpT Store for Back to School 2022 & Giveaway!!!

Just in time for Back to School, my entire Teachers Pay Teachers store is on sale for 25% off August 2-3, 2022! 

My products will be listed at 20% off and when you use the code BTS22, you'll get an additional 5% off! 

Now is a great time to move the items from your Wish List to your cart for amazing savings!  

Be sure to visit my store and follow me on TpT for updates when I add new products or hold additional sales! 

Enter to win my giveaway below! 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

*FREE* Create Your Own Editable Centers, Stations & Games Templates

Who can't use a few back to school perks that save time and money? 

I couldn't resist making these Create Your Own Centers, Stations & Games Editable Templates for those of us that don't have all the time in the world, but we still want fun resources that don't break the bank.

These are great for classroom, library or homeschool use. 

Click on the pictures below to download them for free from my TpT store! 

I'd love to see how you use these! Send me an email or tag me in your social media posts to show me what you've done with them.

Crayon Box Create Your Own Editable Centers, Stations, and Games Templates

Halloween Bat Treat Bag Create Your Own Editable Centers, Stations, and Games Templates

Gingerbread People Create Your Own Editable Centers, Stations, and Games Templates

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

*FREE* Feed the Monster Editable Call Number Sort Library Center/Station

If you love being able to edit library centers and stations to better personalize and fit the needs of your library, I've got a great freebie for you! 

This Feed the Monster editable call number sort can be used to create a sorting game for your elementary students to practice sorting call numbers into the correct subject category. 

Since many of us don't use the exact same terminology for our subjects/categories, I have made this completely editable for you to be able to add things like fiction, easy/everybody/everyone fiction, non-fiction, biography, reference, etc. 

This game does not have to only be for sorting, you can edit the cookies and monsters to fit whatever you need to add to your skills lessons or as a supplement to something you are already doing with your curriculum. 

editable feed the monster call number sort library center station

editable feed the monster call number sort library center station

editable feed the monster call number sort library center station
If you use this for something other than a sort, I'd love to see a picture or feel free to tag me on social media. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

How I Get Students to Return Their Library Books

I know you probably experience the same week-to-week struggle of trying to get students to return their library books on their check-out day. The struggle is real! 

Here's a super simple idea I use that might be beneficial to you for the upcoming school year. 

I keep a sticker chart in which classes earn a sticker for having two or fewer lost, overdue or damaged books on their check-out day.

How does a class earn an On-Time Returned Books Reward Party? 

  • K-2 must earn 10 stickers (I see them twice/week.)
  • 3rd-6th must earn 5 stickers (I seem them once/week.)
Once a class has earned all their stickers, they get to celebrate with a reward party during check-out the next time they come to library. I only have the party during check-out because I can't afford to sacrifice an entire class time for the party due to still needing to stay on track with lessons since Library is in the Specials rotation.

I print half-sheet copies of our reward party letter and send it to the teacher to send home to families at their earliest convenience. This is an example of my letter for this year that I created in Canva. (I like to coordinate as much as I can with my theme for the year. It just makes me happy!)

Since it's too hard to predict the weather a week or more in advance of a party, I quit using extra recess as a reward party option. Missouri weather is just too unpredictable! However, extra recess may be an ideal option for you.

Additional Inexpensive Library Party Ideas:

  • Movie and Popcorn  
  • Teddy Bear Picnic
  • Glow Party
  • Crafts
  • Water Day
  • Extra Recess 
  • Picnic on the Playground
  • Dance Party
  • Yoga  
  • Freeze Dance 
  • Musical Chairs
  • Escape Room
The sky's the limit! It's all about whatever works for you, your time frame, your budget, and your sanity! ;) 

The free time party just works for us because of the novelty of students getting to bring in their own things that we can easily do in the time frame classes have for check-out/free time. 

How it works: 

  • Allow students to bring in a game of their choice to play during check-out, along with an optional snack. If they don't bring a game, we have plenty of STEM resources for them to use.
  • Water only (due to carpet and potential damage to books.)
  • Students are only allowed to eat at a table to keep the snack mess to a minimum. 
  • I let students know the games they bring are their responsibility and they are allowed to choose whether or not they want to share their games with others. 

In addition to our on-time returned books chart, I send weekly email reminders to families with students that have lost/overdue/damaged books. When our overdue books become excessive, I sometimes make a post on our library Facebook page to encourage families to look for their child's book or pay to replace lost/damaged books. 

I also do an end-of-year reward for students that have all their books returned or their fines paid, but I'll talk more about that at the end of the year. 

What do you do to try to get students to return their books? What kind of parties do you have in your library?