I start out my lesson by pretending to cry as I look over things in my library station, picking up books with bent or torn pages and covers missing. I often use dramatic play in my teaching as I believe that pretending is natural, something young children understand and do on their own. My students come over to try to figure out what is wrong. I point out to them the condition of the books and the book shelf.
Whaa! Look at this bookshelf! Someone has made a big mess and bent some of the books. This makes me feel sad. What am I going to do? Will you help me?
We decide we need to make a plan as to be sure this doesn't happen again. before we make a plan to straighten up the book shelves, I have a song for you.
How could the books could have gotten into this condition? Don't we need to take care of the books in our room? Why do you think we do? We also discuss why we need to take care of our books along with other materials in our classroom. I solicit ideas from the children to add to an anchor chart, and model how to handle the books.
Do you see this folded edge of the book? It is called the spine. Just like your spine that holds you up, the spine on a book helps to keep the straight up. When we put books on the shelf, we hold the spine with one hand and separate the books on the shelf with our other hand . Then we carefully slide the book onto the shelf. On this other bookshelf, we set the books in the bins so that the front of the book is facing out and the spine is on the left side.
I have made a Yes/No Chart to help us review the way we care for our books. One side says yes, but the other side says no. Can you tell me some ways that you think would show How to treat books?What would be the opposite of your answer? So would that be something that shows how not to care for your books? We will write that on the bad side. Let's take another look at what it says on our How to Treat Our Books I-chart. Do you think we have come up with some good ideas? I do.
Over the next week or so, the students will role play the idea of caring for their classroom library. We will critique whether they used proper procedure or not by using a thumbs up, thumbs down. By reviewing and modeling, we are building a strong foundation for taking car of our books.