After school activities for Grades 4-8

Please Note: The activities detailed below originally were intended as Ecorse Public Library Events for “Hangout Time” suggested age-range: 4th -8th Grade, and were to be held Thursdays as noted, from 4-5 p.m.  These activities can, however, be adapted to any library interested in providing constructive after-school activities for youngsters during the early after school hours, a time when there often is less adult supervision in the home and kids need a chance to have recreation before settling into homework.

Program #1) – October 2 – Space Craft

Craft- Activity – “Invent a New Constellation” from pg. 45, and  “Build a Box Full of Stars” from pg. 47 of Constellations : a glow-in-the-dark guide to the night sky (Book info. below) after showing kids the pictures in the book, and very short (as in a sentence or two) descriptions of the following books (Below):

Title

The mighty Mars rovers : the incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity

Author

Rusch, Elizabeth.

Publisher:

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children,

Pub date:

2012.

Holdings +/- Libraries
Ecorse Public Library (Wayne Co. Library)  Copy   Material  Location/Due Date
J 523.43 R 1  Juvenile Book  Juvenile Collection

Title

Kingfisher voyager : space 1st ed.

Author

Goldsmith, Michael Dr.

Publisher:

Kingfisher,

Pub date:

2005.

J 629.45 G +/- Libraries
1  Juvenile Book  Juvenile Collection

Title

Constellations : a glow-in-the-dark guide to the night sky

Author

Sasaki, Chris.

Publisher:

Sterling Pub. Co.,

Pub date:

c2006.

  • Holdings +/- Libraries
    Ecorse Public Library (Wayne Co. Library)  Copy   Material  Location/Due Date
    J 523.8 S 1  Juvenile Book  Juvenile Collection

     

    Title

    Atlas of the universe 1st U.S. ed.

    Author

    Garlick, Mark A. (Mark Antony), 1968-

    Publisher:

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,

    Pub date:

    2008, c2007.

    Holdings +/- Libraries
    Ecorse Public Library (Wayne Co. Library)  Copy   Material  Location/Due Date
    OVERSIZED REF J 523.1 G 1  Reference  Reference Material

    Fiction books include:

    (For younger end of 4th-8th Grade age range)

    Title

    Trash crisis on earth! 1st ed.

    Author

    Stadler, Alexander.

    Publisher:

    Scholastic Press,

    Pub date:

    2008.

    Pages:

    123 p. ;

    • Meet Julian Rodriguez, an extra-terrestrial genius trapped in the body of an eight-year-old human boy. A hilarious, fully illustrated series for young chapter-book readers that’s out of this world! Julian Rodriguez is on a mission for the Mothership. He’s been sent to Earth to study human lifeforms and their bizarre habits–from their disgusti … (to read more see “A Look Inside”)
     

    Ecorse Public Library (Wayne Co. Library)

     Copy   Material  Location/Due Date
    SCI FIC J FIC STA 1  Juvenile Book  Juvenile Collection

    (For older end of 4th-8th Grade age range)

    Title

    Journey between worlds [1st ed.]

    Author

    Engdahl, Sylvia.

    Publisher:

    Atheneum,

    Pub date:

    1. (PLEASE NOTE: This book was updated in 2006, to be more contemporary, include modern means of communication such as cell phones and internet. I have it checked out at the moment.  It is the story of a young woman, between high school and college, accompanying her dad on a trip to the Mars colony, and learning to live in a space-bubble, or to make brief trips outside with an oxygen tank, all the while making choices about the guy in her life who is right for her and will understand her need for freedom and being curious about the new planet.  She also has to decide many other things about her future such as whether she is willing to never go back to Earth again, much like her pioneer ancestors out West.  I think the plot and theme are pretty timeless, and teens today will relate to this character.)

    Pages:

    235 p.

    Holdings +/- Libraries
    Ecorse Public Library (Wayne Co. Library)  Copy   Material  Location/Due Date
    SCI FIC J FIC ENG 1  Juvenile Paperback  Due: 9/15/2014

    Program #2) Thursday, October 16 – Act Out Short Scenes from Favorite Books

    (Kids can show up in Halloween costumes and get a piece of wrapped candy.)

    The kids will be welcome to suggest books from which they can describe the scenes, provided they follow a few ground rules (no offensive language, keep noise level to normal conversational level, “Stage” area is between the picture books and the Newbery and Caldecotts and no further, no running or roughhousing, plus we will divide up the time so that every kid present has a chance to suggest/direct or to act in a scene he or she likes, assuming maximum of ten kids present.  If more kids than ten show up, we may have to vote for our favorites and do other scenes another time.). Of course I realize that nobody may have ideas for scenes from favorite books.  Therefore, I’ve thought up a couple ideas, (and will add more) as follows:

    • Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman – The scene where Jackie Robinson (who broke the color barrier in baseball) is being taunted by the opposing team when he is up to bat. Jackie Robinson, who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, always kept his temper.  In this, his first season, instead of getting mad, he gave the other team a challenge by stealing bases.  In this scene he scampers back and forth between the bases so that all the players on the opposing team wind up trying to tag him out, instead of concentrating on the batter.  The other team look foolish, (we will do this scene in slow motion to simulate the other team’s players running into each-other, without anyone actually running into each other.  I can act as sports-announcer).  At the end of the game, the Dodgers have won, and Jackie’s teammates accept him as one of their number and an equal.
    • 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass – In this story a girl named Tara is sent to stay with some relatives for the summer. The relatives have their live-in housekeeper, an Australian young man, pick up Tara from the train station.  He uses a lot of Australian phrases that Tara doesn’t understand, and has to figure out (I could play the Australian guy if none of the kids wants to, and the other kids could guess what I’m saying based on context.  Then they could try saying some of the phrases. (All the dialogue is clean and inoffensive to anyone, other than the fact that there is the cultural difference between American and Australian English, and both parties feel respected.)

    Program #3) Thursday, November 13 – Mystery and Riddle Day (NOTE: This program has been moved up a week from Thursday, November 6, when I will be on vacation).  We can try solving riddles and short mysteries from some of the books the library owns, eg. the “Encyclopedia Brown” series, or the puzzler book we have in our professional collection.  I also have a new book of mazes and other board games (erasable) to add to the professional collection.  The book’s mazes and puzzles are all about the prehistoric period.

    Program #4) Thursday, December 4Joint Craft program for PreK-3rd Graders AND 4th – 8th Graders to make cards and gift bags for their friends and family for the upcoming holidays.  Kids of all ages will be doing this program on their own ability-level, and I’ll have an array of papers, fabric-scraps, yarn for bag-handles, stencils, etc. and possibly a little glitter glue.  The kids can create something of their own choosing – no fast and hard rules except “Share, And Clean up After Yourself.”  I may need about 10-15 dollars for plastic table cloths, glue, scissors etc.  Also, I think for this PreK-3rd Grade age-group I should strongly recommend that an adult attend along with the child to give help with the crafting.)

    Program #5) Thursday, December 11 Window-painting of winter scenes (Santa Claus, snowflakes and snow people, Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, etc.)  This program is definitely recommended for 4th Grade on up, and should be limited 12 painters.  Kids who are younger than that should bring an older person to help them to paint the windows (and also should be aware that the windows may be too high for them to reach very far.  No ladders and no lifting people – for safety reasons everyone has to stay with their feet planted on the ground).  We will paint the windows in the kids’ play area and, if time permits, in the magazine and biography area of the adult-section.  I will need to buy tarps to protect the floor, acrylic paints, paint-brushes, and perhaps some season-themed stencils or sponges.  However, our old newspapers can be used to protect the window-ledges, and I can supply small containers for water for cleaning brushes.  I expect the cost of supplies to come to about $60.

    Francine Joy Allen

    Youth Services Librarian

    Ecorse Public Library

    4184 W. Jefferson Ave.

    Ecorse, MI  48229

    313-389-2030

    http://www.ecorse.lib.mi.us/

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