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Geronimo Stilton

The Geronimo Stilton series circulates like crazy with my independent readers. To celebrate the series, I ran a four-week program and gave the children a taste of each spinoff series. I don’t normally do food in my programs but the kids were begging for a treat, so I had a cheese tasting (cheese balls, cheese-its, and cheese curls):

Cheese Tasting Geronimo

Week One:

The first week we focused on the one and only Geronimo series. I read a couple of chapters and then we got to our activity. We discussed the Geronimo series in great detail (font, blend of pictures and text, humor). Some kids had never read the series, so they got some recommendations on which ones to read first. Then I handed out our cheese tasting treats and we voted on which was the best. I think they all won first place. Haha.

Geronimo Cheese Tasting VotesWe also learned about the parts of the newspaper, since Geronimo is a reporter. I used old copies kicking around the library for our project. We had a Newspaper Bingo Search. The kids worked in pairs/teams to be the first ones to get a blackout bingo (where each square is filled). They ripped and glued the pieces of the paper out to fill in the bingo squares. I had extra notebooks to use as prizes (Geronimo’s reporter notebook).

Week Two:

The following week we talked about the Thea series and I read the first few chapters of her first story. She gets a special wax sealed envelope and I had to let the kids explore with this! We did an invisible ink session. And I sealed each secret message with a colored hot glue stick seal.

Geronimo Ink and Seal Tools

The supplies are pretty basic: any acidic juice (lemon, apple, orange), cotton swabs, small cups for a little bit of juice.

Geronimo Invisible Ink Writing

I was in charge of the hot glue and had the kids line up when they were ready for it. They just needed to take their secret message (or drawing, which was more popular) home and decode with a crayon:

Geronimo Revealed Geronimo Wax Seal

Week Three:

A lot of the kids are reading the Kingdom Fantasy series right now. So I read an excerpt, we talked about it, and then we did a craft that I purchased from Oriental Trading. They colored and built and enjoyed this calming activity for one dollar each:

Geronimo Castle Building Boys Geronimo Castle on Floor

 

Week Four:

I read the beginning of Cavemice and we did a fossil activity. I’ve done this before with great success. Kids get to be messy and explore. I mixed the dough ahead of time and measured each cup with the dry ingredients, and had an additional small cup for water. The children mixed their own dough, so I divided the mix into 24.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • craft sticks for mixing (and to use as a knife)
  • measuring cup
  • mixing bowl
  • stuff to make fossils (bones, shells, dried pasta, plastic dinos, etc.)

Fossils Geronimo

The four-week program was fun for everyone. My circulation went up for this series, and I had kids asking what our next series program was going to be!

What’s your favorite?

For more school age programming, check out Thrive Thursday: the school age programming blog hop. It posts the first Thursday of the month and this month’s host is Marge over at Tiny Tips for Library Fun.

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5 comments on “Geronimo Stilton

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  3. suefoote
    August 19, 2014

    Love your ideas for promoting this series! I will be trying some this year in my elementary library. Thanks for sharing.

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