Monday, February 28, 2011


On the first day of seventh grade, twin sisters Payton and Emma have been assigned entirely different schedules... for the first time ever. Without telling anyone, the twins switch places. Cool Payton goes incognito as quiet Emma, while mathlete Emma impersonates fasionista Payton.

No one, from their new teachers to their clueless classmates, realizes they've made a switch. The twins quickly find out that playing a different role in life can be a lot of fun, and that no one is exactly the person the rest of the world thinks they are. F DEV

Friday, February 25, 2011



Because Kinadee's conduct was out of this world today in the library, he got a certificate to use for an extra book check out. I'll be looking for many more students to hand these out to. We're proud of you, Kindadee!


I got this idea from one of my favorite blogs...First Grade Parade.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


It's a few days before Christmas when ten-year-old Jake's mom breaks her leg, ending up in the hospital. For as long as Jake can remember, it's been just him and his mom. So with no one else to look after him, the hospital contacts the gruff granddad that Jake only knows through awkward twice-a-year phone calls. When Granddad shows up, he's nothing like Jake expected. And he brings a dog with him—a nightmare dog, Jake thinks at first. But as Jake gets to know his grandfather and a makeshift family of friends and neighbors comes together around him and his mom, he realizes that this might not be such a bad Christmas after all. F COU
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Monday, February 21, 2011



If I Were the President explains what it would be like to have the job of being the president of the United States. 352 TRO

After I read the book, students will draw themselves as president and write what they would do if they held this awesome position for our country.

For Kinder Students

For grades First through Third I got this form on Finally in First. Love that blog!

Friday, February 18, 2011


Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class—bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes an honest, inspiring story about what is real and what is unreal, and about the ways that writing can change our lives and connect us to our own stories—word after word after word. F MAC www.goodreads.com

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Students are naturally curious about their teachers. What do these people do and where do they go after teaching all day? The small kiddos are usually surprised to see us out in the community believing that we actually live at school. When standing at the circulation desk at Allen, kids can see into my back office which holds many things including a microwave. One cute kindergarten asked me if I had a bed back there, too. :)


When Bethesda is assigned to solve a mystery in her history class, she knows exactly who she wants to investigate...her quiet music teacher, Ms. Finkleman. No one is prepared for the consequences that occur when Bethesda discovers Ms. Finkleman's past life as a former punk rock star. F WIN

Monday, February 14, 2011



My librarian friend, Tia, told me about this rhyming picture book with pairs of things that go together exceptionally well, like horse and wagon and fire and dragon. The last line of the book says, "We go together; that's what we do. We go together because you love me and I love you!" What a sweet thought for this Valentine's Day week.

After reading the story, students will write and draw about two things that go together well.



Sunday, February 13, 2011

We weren't at school on Groundhog's Day due to snow, but that didn't stop Miss Avery from finding some groundhog fun! She and her mom visited Mrs. Carroll's First Grade Parade blog where they found great ideas for the day. Way to go, Avery!

Friday, February 11, 2011

I didn't have to tell the kids much about Finally by Wendy Mass to hook them other than the fact that it was written by the same author as 11 Birthdays-a popular Texas Bluebonnet Book.

Isn't it funny that kids always want to be older and adults wish they were younger? To introduce this story, I asked the third through fifth graders this question: What are you looking forward to being able to do once you are twelve years old that you can't do now? Here are some of their answer:

*use Facebook
*get a cellphone
*text
*e-mail
*sit in the front seat of a car
*drive a golf cart
*stay home alone
*use the stove/oven
*referee for little kids soccer
*go to late parties
*stay up until 9:30
*get a job-mow lawns/babysit
*see PG-13 movies
*play sports for a school
*go to the mall without parents to hang out with friends
*play in the neighborhood other than on our street
*walk to school by myself


Rory has been waiting her whole life to turn twelve, and she's got a list to prove it. Whenever Rory asks her parents for something, they always say, "When you're twelve, when you're twelve, when you're twelve..." Well, in exactly 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds, it will finally happen. Rory's life will officially begin! Fun, funny, and full of surprises, this is a story about wanting to grow up even when the universe seems to be telling you to wait. F MAS
(taken from insert of Finally by Wendy Mass)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Second Grade Forest Animal Research

Last week, our second grade students researched the three different types of forests. This week, they are researching the animals of the forests. They are using the animal notebook below to document their facts.




I copied these pages back to back and then cut them vertically down the middle before stapling them.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Don't you love it when books fly off the library shelves? That is certainly the case in the Ready Freddy series. The kindergarten and first grade students especially just eat them up! (not literally, of course)

Today was to be our reschedule day to celebrate our 100th Day of School, and here we are at home AGAIN due to snow! We'll have that celebration yet! There are many great books about that special day including this one:


Freddy decides to bake one hundred cookies for the one hundredth day of school celebration, but his father accidentally eats one and then Freddy has to come up with another idea at the last minute. F KLE

Our kindergarteners have made some of the cutest projects in honor of one hundred days of school. Due to the weather today, I had to show these!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kids are crazy about Amelia Bedelia. I love her new books with the updated illustrations.


Literal-minded even as a child, Amelia Bedelia muddles through Valentine's Day with her heart on her sleeve, trying to make sense of strange greetings at school and home, and ever on the lookout for the arrows of Cupid. E PAR

Monday, February 7, 2011

Book of the Week and More

As soon as I saw this adorable little bear at Starbucks, I knew she was not going to be left at the store. I'm using her as the focus of my lesson this week. She's holding a postcard, and I'm going to have the kids write to staff members to show their appreciation to them. You can find the template we'll be using below.



Our book of the week is an oldie but goodie!


An anonymous valentine changes the life of the unsociable Mr. Hatch, turning him into a laughing friend who helps and appreciates all his neighbors.

What a sweet story of how just a small gesture and kindness can change someone's life in a huge way!

I feel so far behind since being snowed in four days last week! Time to get our bookmarks printed off.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Meet the Teacher...Linky Party

Reading blogs are so much fun. I've lately found some AWESOME teaching blogs that have inspired me to tailor our library blog to include ideas for librarians and teachers...booktalks, research units, a book of the week, and so much more!


One teacher blog that I especially like following is First Grade Parade. Mrs. Carroll has started a linky party for teachers. Since librarians are teachers too...here goes!

My name is Rene' Hobbie. I've been in the educational field for 23 years! I still get excited about hearing new teaching ideas that will motivate kiddos to read and learn.

A little bit about me...I am married to an awesome man. We will celebrate our fifteenth anniversary in April.


We have a nine year old son named Parker that attends school at Allen. He's in the third grade.


Now for Questions and Answers:
What would you be doing if you weren't a teacher?
I always thought it would be nice to be a stay at home mom, but after being snowed in for four days, I know that probably wouldn't last long. I'd have to surround myself with books and kids...how about a children's bookstore owner?

What are your hobbies?
reading, scrapbooking, stamping, and lately...blogging!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a time, I wanted to be a stewardess, but I didn't grow tall enough. I'm 5'0, and stewardess must be 5'2. All in all, things worked out just fine, because I am terrified of flying!

What are your guilty pleasures?
Mexican food, Facebook, watching American Idol, shopping on-line, purchasing clipart!

What is your biggest fear?
I already answered this one. FLYING! Sometimes I have to do it, though! I just pray really hard.

When you're on vacation, where do you like to go?
My family went to Disney World at Thanksgiving. It was so much fun that we're planning to go back soon. Other than Disney, I like vacationing where it is warm but not too hot. I love to walk the beach! Historical destinations are also lots of fun.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
A wise pastor once told me to walk through doors until they close. That advice has served me well several times.

What do you value most in others?
A kind heart!

If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?
The ability to see the good in others.

If you could have lunch with anyone...living or dead...who would it be?
I understand that my Grandpa Ruggles was a sweetheart of a man. I'd love to have the opportunity to meet him.

Now tell us something random about yourself.
This will date me, but I was once a contestant on the tv show Bozo the Clown. Also, I don't like anything sweet to eat! I know...totally weird.

I hope you've enjoyed getting to know me. I'd love to get to know YOU!

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