One More Lesson About Caring for Books

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SWBAT recall details from a story to demonstrate the proper handling of a book. Student objective: I can show how to handle a book with care.

Big Idea

Taking proper care of books prolongs their "shelf life"!


5 minutes

Boys and girls come meet me at the rug!

I will come to literature time swinging the book that I plan to read by one of the pages.  It is my hope that one of the students will comment about how I am not being careful, especially now after they have had several lessons on the subject.  I will then spark a discussion and review of how we take care of our books.  We will revisit How to treat our books chart and show off our class book that has now been assembled.

"Mrs. Moran, you are not holding that book right!"  What do you mean? "The pages will rip if you carry it that way."   Oh, then how should I carry it?  Will you show me the right way?  It is a good thing that you showed me the right way.  I wonder if any of our classroom friends forgot the right way to hold a book like I did.

Let's take another look at our How to Treat Our Books Chart.  Does that help us to remember some of our ideas about caring for books?  I have taken your work from yesterday about how to treat books, and put the pages together to make a "take-home" book.  It will need to be treated like our other books so that everyone can have a turn to take it home.  We will talk more about this later.


15 minutes

Well, this is the book I was carrying, but I didn't think that this book was all that special since lots of people had not taken care of it.  It is called Forest Friends Go To School.  (It is a story that I downloaded to go along with the theme of preparing to read.  This story repeats how books should be handled.)

Most of the time when I read a story to you, I want you to be quiet listeners, but as I read this story to you, I will allow you to comment on the pages.    

What did you notice about this story?  Someone has scribbled on the pages with crayons, markers and pencils.  Someone spilled juice on it and dropped it in the mud.  Someone even tore one of the pages.  How do you think the teacher in this story feels about the way her students treated her book?

We are going to make a list of good and bad ways to treat our books. On one side there is a happy face for the good ways, and on the other side is a sad face for the bad ways to handle books. When you think of a good way, I will write it down, and then we will think of the opposite idea, and write that idea down. Let's get started with our Good and Bad Care of Books chart.

After we go over our new chart, I will remind my class about the idea of "take home" books and that all books need to be cared for, especially if the children wish to borrow them.  When children borrow books from our classroom, they need to follow the same care rules as we use in class.


10 minutes

To check for understanding, the students will get a sheet of paper that has been folded in half. (I did the folding to save on time since many of my students have not had much experience with folding yet, and I want the focus to be on the pictures.)

 I want you to think about Miss Eloise's feelings in the story.  On the top half of the paper, you will draw how Miss Eloise felt when she saw the messy book.  On the bottom half, I want you to draw how she looked when the class learned how to take care of the books.  Do your finest work so that I can tell what your pictures are all about.