After saying hello to students I have known before and meeting some new ones, I picked up Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio and got us started reading. I have always started out by reading - after all, isn't that a huge part of why we have library class? Rules and such can come later, but I want my students to know that READING is where it's at!
Everyone pictured a favorite super hero - made up or real. We imagined what they looked like, sounded like, special clothes they had, even what they smelled like. And then we met Super Manny. He sure has some special items of clothing and even something that can't come off!
One that really stood out to me was that, "Manny's super power is his imagination!" Love it!
We ended with a discussion about how each of them have an invisible cape that will help them stand up too. I hope that is a lesson they remember all year long.
After a brain/movement break in which we circled up and shared our name and a movement, we moved on to getting library books! On the first day? You bet! Together we remembered important items as we began to check out books, such as how to take care of those books when they got them home. Book check out is one of my favorite times - I love watching kids find something great and get down to reading.
After a quick check in about how they did taking care of their books all week (and showing them some of my saddest cases - chewed by dogs, left out in the rain, and a juice spill), we jumped right back into super heroes. This time our book starred Marvelous Cornelius, a New Orleans hero during Hurricane Katrina. With so many hurricanes around the U.S. right now, it was a natural way to talk about them and ask questions that we will investigate this week.