Learning about Proverbs

A few years ago I created door displays for each of my library’s entrances. One of the entrances featured proverbs. Proverbs Door Display Proverbs are included within so many stories and conversational language yet many students (especially elementary aged) are unfamiliar with their meanings. Therefore, I utilized the Core Knowledge curriculum to make a display that incorporated all 91 proverbs within their list. In order to further support student learning in and outside of the library I decided to create proverb bookmarks to expand on this display! Examples… Not only do these bookmarks work great within a station but they are easily incorporated into classroom learning as well. I’m sure there are numerous other uses for them however I have included four project ideas to use with them including writing a persuasive essay, writing a short story, completing a research project (poster, essay, or comic), and simply using them for their original idea, independent learning and coloring. As a thank you for reading, they are free to download via the links below. However, if you are willing and able, I have links at the bottom both for the listing on TeachersPayTeachers and to donate directly to Circulating Knowledge. Proverb Project […]

Quality Resource: Core Knowledge

The last post focused on door displays with proverbs being one of the topics included. This was chosen thanks to Core Knowledge. Core Knowledge is an amazing foundation built on the idea that knowledge builds on knowledge. It was founded in 1986 by E.D. Hirsch and continues to work toward every child receiving a high quality education. Read Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch in order to gain the knowledge of where Core Knowledge (not to be confused with Common Core) is coming from and why it’s organized the way it is. The resources from Core Knowledge are completely free for download or you can order them if you would like printed copies. They have CKLA (Core Knowledge Language Arts) and HGCA (History, Geography, Civics, and the Arts). HGCA is for 3rd – 5th grades and is currently under development. CKLA is completed and available for preschool through 5th grades. Please visit the website if you’re unfamiliar with this foundation and check out what resources are helpful to you! Thanks for reading! Your librarian, Katelyn

Door Displays

Doors are a great place for door displays! At the last school I was working, there were three sets of double doors with windows covering half of each door. During my second year there I began door displays. There was an informational sheet about the doors that remained the same for the length of the year while the other side changed every Monday school was in session.All pages were printed double-sided and kept in a three-ring binder. I used sheet protectors so I could keep track of when the sheet was last on display. This was done by simply place a post-it note on each page after it was used with the date(s) it was up. The three topics were: Nobel Peace Prize Laureates (People) The first week of the school year started with the most recent winner. Proverbs This set was in no particular order. U.S. Presidents The first week of the school year started with the 1st U.S. President. I used Core Knowledge for the basis of the proverbs display and plan to create more using their Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. It’s a great resource for background knowledge absent to many students. All images and information is cited and I plan […]