Category: Thrive Thursday

Book vs. Movie: Ant Bully

ant bully

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book The Ant Bully to the children. That way there is no requirement to watch the film to participate in the program. If a word, phrase, or character comes up that they didn’t hear in the picture book, then it came from the movie.

There’s a great website to generate your own Bingo cards. Here’s the link of ready to print unique cards: Ant Bully Bingo Cards

Here’s a Power Point you can use to call out the Bingo words and phrases: Ant Bully Books vs Movies

To play:

  • Give each child a Bingo Card, a red crayon and a green crayon.
  • Choose a category and number value in the Power Point presentation to reveal a word, phrase, or character. Have the children decide if it came from the book or movie.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box red.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box green.
  • You can offer prizes for the first child who has an all red Bingo, an all green Bingo, and a “Blackout” Bingo (where every square is colored).

 

Book vs. Movie: Epic

Leaf men epic

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book Leaf Men to the children. That way there is no requirement to watch the film to participate in the program. If a word, phrase, or character comes up that they didn’t hear in the picture book, then it came from the movie.

There’s a great website to generate your own Bingo cards. Here’s the link of ready to print unique cards: Leaf Man Bingo Cards

Here’s a Power Point you can use to call out the Bingo words and phrases: Leaf Men Book vs Movie

To play:

  • Give each child a Bingo Card, a red crayon and a green crayon.
  • Choose a category and number value in the Power Point presentation to reveal a word, phrase, or character. Have the children decide if it came from the book or movie.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box red.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box green.
  • You can offer prizes for the first child who has an all red Bingo, an all green Bingo, and a “Blackout” Bingo (where every square is colored).

 

Book vs. Movie: Meet the Robinsons

Robinsons

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book A Day with Wilbur Robinson to the children. That way there is no requirement to watch the film to participate in the program. If a word, phrase, or character comes up that they didn’t hear in the picture book, then it came from the movie.

There’s a great website to generate your own Bingo cards. Here’s the link of ready to print unique cards: Meet the Robinsons Bingo Cards

Here’s a Power Point you can use to call out the Bingo words and phrases: Meet the Robinsons Books vs Movies

To play:

  • Give each child a Bingo Card, a red crayon and a green crayon.
  • Choose a category and number value in the Power Point presentation to reveal a word, phrase, or character. Have the children decide if it came from the book or movie.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box red.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box green.
  • You can offer prizes for the first child who has an all red Bingo, an all green Bingo, and a “Blackout” Bingo (where every square is colored).

 

Book vs. Movie: Babar

babar

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book Babar to the children. That way there is no requirement to watch the film to participate in the program. If a word, phrase, or character comes up that they didn’t hear in the picture book, then it came from the movie.

There’s a great website to generate your own Bingo cards. Here’s the link of ready to print unique cards: Babar Bingo Cards

Here’s a Power Point you can use to call out the Bingo words and phrases: Babar Books vs Movies

To play:

  • Give each child a Bingo Card, a red crayon and a green crayon.
  • Choose a category and number value in the Power Point presentation to reveal a word, phrase, or character. Have the children decide if it came from the book or movie.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box red.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box green.
  • You can offer prizes for the first child who has an all red Bingo, an all green Bingo, and a “Blackout” Bingo (where every square is colored).

 

Book vs. Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

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I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to the children. That way there is no requirement to watch the film to participate in the program. If a word, phrase, or character comes up that they didn’t hear in the picture book, then it came from the movie.

There’s a great website to generate your own Bingo cards. Here’s a link of ready-to-print unique cards: Cloudy Meatballs Bingo Cards

Here’s a Power Point you can use to call out the Bingo words and phrases: Cloudy Meatballs Books vs Movies

To play:

  • Give each child a Bingo Card, a red crayon and a green crayon.
  • Choose a category and number value in the Power Point presentation to reveal a word, phrase, or character. Have the children decide if it came from the book or movie.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box red.
  • If the word, phrase, or character came from the book color the box green.
  • You can offer prizes for the first child who has an all red Bingo, an all green Bingo, and a “Blackout” Bingo (where every square is colored).

 

Toy Stories: Traction Man Action Figure

Traction Man

The picture book series following Traction Man and his trusty sidekick, Scrubbing Brush, is filled with adventure and rescue missions. Here’s a craft that requires a little prep work, but will be a hit with early elementary aged children.

You’ll Need:

a manila folder

Traction Man (copied on light brown paper)

Traction Man Action Figure (copied on white card stock)

colored pencils

glue

scissors

sandwich size baggies

tape

Directions:

For adult: Cut one Traction Man sheet in half and glue to a manila folder. Cut out the rectangle above the lightning bolt.

For children: Color Traction Man using colored pencils. Cut out the action figure pieces.

Back of Traction Man

Tape the sandwich baggie to the back of the rectangle, leaving the top layer of the closure open so you can open and close the baggie. Traction Man and all of his pieces will fit for storage. (Plus, this craft looks like the action figure box!)

For more school age programming ideas, check out Carol’s Program Palooza. She’s hosting this month’s school age blog hop, Thrive Thursday. Check out past roundups here. For more information check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group.

Mo Willems’ We Are in a Play: Library Style

I wrote a play based on Mo Willems’ books featuring his famous characters Elephant and Piggie. I blended elements of a few stories together: My Friend is Sad, Are You Ready to Play Outside, A Big Guy Took My Ball, I’m a Frog! and My New Friend is So Fun! I made simple costumes using Oriental Trading’s DIY Knight’s Armor. I drew the characters on letter sized paper, copied them on colored paper and the children glued them to the armor. wpid-we-are-in-a-play-costume-props-3.jpg.jpegwpid-we-are-in-a-play-costume-props-1.jpg.jpegwpid-we-are-in-a-play-costume-props-2.jpg.jpegYou’ll need the following characters and props:

We Are in a Play pages I wrote a script (We Are in a Play Act Two) and then made a Power Point presentation (We Are in a Play Act Two) so each slide looks like a page from the book–complete with color coding and blending!! I fired up the projector and had the actors stand in front of the screen. This way, there was no need for memorization. They could just read the lines. I had this as a mixed age program. I had the older children help with the main roles and behind-the-scenes jobs (such as assistant director, Power Point slide coordinator, props manager), and the younger children take on the walking through extra silly parts (such as clowns, superheroes and cowboys). It was quite a success. The children took home scripts to do with their families, and I’m even told that it was performed in certain classrooms! I’m in the process of writing another act featuring…Pigeon AND Duckling! Stay tuned. For more kickass school age programming, check out Angie’s blog this month at Fat Girl Reading. She’s hosting this month’s Thrive Thursday blog hop. For more information check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group.

Storytime University Thrive Thursday Badge!

Thrive Thursday BadgeStorytime University has a free, go-at-your-own-pace professional development program. It has amazing ideas and really made me expand my horizons by pushing my comfort level on so many things. I’m still working my way through the program and am so excited to announce a new badge to earn…that’s right a Thrive Thursday badge! You’ll need to complete five tasks to earn this, and you will greatly increase your school age programming skills and knowledge. It’s also a great way to hop into a bigger community of colleagues (and soon to be friends) to share ideas and get help and guidance from. You’ll need to complete five tasks to earn the badge and brag. C’mon, you can do it! Go here now and begin!

 

One-Year Anniversary Thrive Thursday Roundup! (11/6/14)

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We have an exciting roundup for this month’s school age blog hop! To celebrate the one-year anniversary, I’ve compiled some stats to share with you:

  • We have 250 members on our Facebook group. We help each other discuss program ideas, solve problems, and book recommendations and requests.
  • We have 275 followers on our Pinterest board. We pin all ideas after the roundups there. So far we have about 200 program ideas to use with school age kids, and it grows every month!
  • We have worldwide readership including the US, Canada, UK, Austrailia, India, Phillipines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brazil, and many more.
  • On average, each month’s roundup gets 350 hits (though each month it grows a bit!).

On to the good stuff…

collaboration

Collaboration Ideas:

  • Brytani over at the Neighborhood Librarian writes about her collaboration with her media specialist who just happens to be a genius! You have to take a look at her volunteer board. I’m definitely stealing it!
  • Amy at Tweenbrarian shares her collaboration with the local Humane Society. This animal-free program discusses all the ways children can help their local society by making cheap toys for the cats and dogs. Perfect idea for this summer’s Hero theme!

Program Ideas

School Age Programming

Characters, Themes & Games for K-6:

  • Ms. Kelly has a new Kindergarten Booktalk program complete with tips and tricks. Her ambitious goal is to visit each class in her two closest schools. I know she’ll keep us posted on her progress along the way.
  • Radnor Library Kid Zone is sharing a celebration of the Who Was… biography series. You have to see the bookmarks she made using participant’s faces! I’m adding this program to my spring schedule.
  • Angie over at Fat Girl Reading is sharing a Frozen Sing-a-Long Party and I’ll be using it in January! Complete with props, decorations, costumes, and best of all what didn’t work!
  • Carol Simon Levin at Program Palooza is sharing an ancient Greek program complete with booktalk excerpts and a sculpture craft! I can’t believe I never thought of pairing these together!
  • Rebecca over at Sturdy for Common Things has an amazing share with a Trick-or-Treat Picture Walk. This idea blends the popular storywalk with Halloween. You can adapt this for the upcoming holidays, or save it for next year!
  • Lastly, I am sharing a Laura Numeroff Party complete with activity stations to accompany four of her If You Give books.

tweensTween Ideas:

  • Jennifer at Monday Madness is sharing a Glow in the Dark program that is awesome and very affordable! Can’t wait to try this. I’ll be researching the cost of a black light once I finish compiling this post.
  • Jennifer also has a Minecraft program complete with video clips, crafts and games for all ages (and siblings) to enjoy.
  • I wish I had known about Anne at So Tomorrow’s Maze Maker series a little earlier! I still may use it when the Maze Runner comes out on DVD! This tween/teen program uses office materials and straws for an hour of fun and a-maze-ment! Brilliant!
  • Ms. Kelly at the Library shared a Halloween version of Minute to Win It Games. Don’t fret that Halloween is over. You can still adapt her amazing ideas for a winter program!
  • Bryce at Bryce Don’t Play offers a Wimpy Kid program to celebrate the Long Haul. Learn the Fire Drill tactic to lengthen attention spans, easily adaptable for any tween program.
    Field Trip Frenzy

Field Trip Ideas:

  • Jennifer over at In Short, I’m Busy is sharing a fabulous field trip idea complete with photographic Library Bingo Cards of her library so kids learn where to find things. Brilliant!
  • Brytani’s guest blog on Bryce Don’t Play (I know, they blow my mind, too!) is a PETE THE CAT field trip! Learn about 4 parts of the library and earn 4 buttons for Pete.
  • There must be something in the air, because Lindsey, half of Jbrary, wrote about her Pete the Cat field trip, too!
  • Bryce uses the two characters from Adventure Time to teach tweens about the library using a scavenger hunt. Get ready for lots of fist bumping!

So, spread the word, use the programs, and participate. Can’t wait to see where we’ll be in a year!

On a side note, if you plan on participating please include a link to the Thrive Thursday website, Pinterest page, and Facebook Group. Also, make sure you include a photo that can be linked to Pinterest so you can get more hits!

Next month’s host is the dynamic duo of Jbrary! So save your goodies from now to then.

Thrive Thursday November 2014 Placeholder (1 yr. anniversary!)

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Here’s your chance to participate in this month’s school age programming blog hop! If you have an amazing program to share please post a link in the comments section below and I’ll post a compilation on November 6. By the way, this post is the one-year anniversary post! I’ve met so many great people through this community and look forward to expanding more this year.

For more information check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group.

If you need me to host you or have any questions, email me at lisamshaia at gmail.com.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Happy Thriving!

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