Cool Story Programs for the School-age Crowd

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American Library Association, 2004 - Education - 181 pages
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What kid wouldn't love literary explorations of the stinky, creepy, and dirty? Throw in rats, witches, aliens, and underwear, and it's irresistible. Yet few story times are designed for elementary school children, who are intent on separating themselves from younger siblings. Why aren't there more events for these kids? It's not a lack of great material insists librarian-humorist Reid, who builds upon his earlier ALA bestseller. wacky and offbeat programs, including the winning topics of the giggly and gross. Each plan opens with a thumbnail overview, then draws on unusual combinations of poetry, picture books, chapter book excerpts and short stories. The mix varies by theme, but all the programs touch the concerns (interests and humor (Think: Captain Underpants), for this age group. Audience involvement includes wordplay, reader's theater, dramatics, writing, music, sports, or crafts. Reid also illustrates how to tweak programs to appeal to younger (or older) audiences. and Bad in four separate flavors; Cool school, alien school and don't wanna go to school! Designed to inspire public children's librarians, school media staff, classroom teachers, and anyone who wants to help literature come alive for kids in grades K-4, Cool Story Programs is a proven, adaptable resource, and a must-have for libraries serving kids.
 

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Contents

A1 Stories
1
ClicketyClackety CreakySqueaky Stories
11
Three
22
The Coolest School
32
I Dont Wanna Go to School
41
Alien Space School
50
Big and Bad The Big Bad Wolf
58
Big and Bad Fox and Coyote
67
A Good Frog Story
95
Rats
103
Rats Rodent Cousins
111
Down and Dirty
122
What Stinks?
131
Whats Black and White and Red Read All Over?
142
Underwear and Other Unruly Clothing
154
Catching Some Zzzzzzs
163

Big and Bad Lions and Tigers and Crocs Oh My
75
Big and Bad Monsters Witches Ghosts and Other Creepy Characters
85

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About the author (2004)

Rob Reid is a lecturer for the Foundations of Education Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.