I have a lot of “before” and “after” on my mind lately. I’ve been slowly making over small sections of the library to add stations and activities for students to do other than book checkout or with their books.
Today it’s my poetry center!
I am so inspired by my fellow library bloggers. This post by Jessica at Mrs. Lodge’s Library inspired me to add magnetic poetry to my library.
My first step was to buy one of these great oil drip pans. I had no idea how large they are!!! I bought one and it was both taller and wider than the space I had for it–on the end of one of my bookshelves. Back it went to WalMart. If you have the space, the price is great!
Instead, I had bought simple serving trays at Dollar Tree last year for a magnetic poetry lesson. I pulled a few of those out and stuck them up on the end of my shelf with Command Strips (love those things!).
I added a poetry card with a ‘poem of the week’ and a tray of magnet words by the shelf and just let it go. The students have gravitated toward it over the last few weeks and when there is a group of students in the library during their reading center there are usually a few students at the end of the bookshelf writing with the magnets.
I wasn’t too happy with the arrangement and brainstormed another plan for over Thanksgiving Break. Thankfully, my plan fell through because the picture below is MUCH better! Thank goodness for Dads with wood shops and lots of supplies hanging around! He had a giant piece of metal from a bookshelf project that we cut to exactly the right size and spray painted.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am! The metal is kind of heavy just because it’s so large, but it went onto the shelf with a few Command Strips and it is fantastic!!! I want to update the box for the poetry, but then we’re good to go and I’ll be happy to leave it for awhile.
I would love to add matching ends to the bookshelves on either side so that I can try out the crossword idea and maybe have one with just plain magnetic letters.
I’m on my way to Library Centers! My goal for the next two weeks is to get center signs with objectives and directions posted. I think by the time students go to their Winter Break I can have six permanent stations set up and at least 2 pencil/paper activities ready.