Passive Program: Post-It Memo Board

I have a group of teens who regularly come to the library, but don’t attend many programs. I decided to bring programs to them. I found this great memo board on  Demco that I asked to be purchased for the library.

Each week, I will post a different question. I created a word document for future question ideas. I attached a pencil to the board and the teens write whatever they want (I check it daly to make sure nothing inappropriate is written on it). Here’s a picture of what it looks like before the teens wrote on it:

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Some of the answers have been really fun like Hamilton, hanging out with friends, going to the library, and teen angst.

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Passive Reader’s Advisory for Teens

I found this post from Mlissinginaction and had wanted to do something like this for awhile now. I attempted to make my own fortune teller/cootie catcher and failed miserably (I made them a million times as a kid, but I couldn’t get a good template going). So after much searching, I found a great template on Epic Reads. It was the cutest thing, so I knew I had to use it. Instead of titles,  I decided to use genres instead. The genres range from the average (fantasy, science fiction) to more broader topics (novels in poetry form, books that make you cry).

I put it in my teen room and the first day, a few teens already were using them. Here’s a picture.

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Full STEAM Ahead: Math

This last part of my five part program was the hardest to plan. I think I changed it at least three times as I was creating.

I saw a great idea for learning about lace value on Differentiation Station Creations and adapted it for the older kids. I created signs with different place values and had a bowl placed next to them. The goal was to toss a bean bag into each of the bowls. We began to create challenges with this game: how far can they throw backwards, with their eyes closed, and from really far away. Of course, there was some general bean bag tossing at each other.

 

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Next to that, on the floor, I had numbers placed on the floor. Using a catapult from the previous program, the children had to catapult a pom-pom to a specific number.

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To teach the basics of shapes & geometry, I had them put together a Tangram. In restrospect, I would have chosen a more difficult one as the kids flew through it.

 

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Lastly, we learned about grouping and remainders using Legos. Each child started with 30 Legos (I used Duplos for this one, much to their dismay. I would definitely use Legos next time). They made groups of four and then saw how many Legos were left over. I planned to do this with other groups, but they mainly wanted to play with the Legos. I adapted this from a post i saw on Frugal Fun 4 Boys

They all went home with two extreme dot to dot puzzles which can be found doing a Google search.