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Library Skills Review
Middle schoolers review library skills by rotating through teacher-created learning stations covering various topics. They discuss plagiarism, work on Almanac practice as a team, complete practice using indexes, and an abstracts handout with OPAC worksheets.
Learning Library Skills during Technology Transitions
Making the transition to a higher-tech school library or computer lab? This plan suggests 5th graders undertake a scavenger hunt and make a PowerPoint to educate younger schoolmates about how to use information resources in an increasingly tech-outiftted facility. Underlying principle is that students fluent in the use of any library will be better equipped to take advantage of the next generation of resources available. Not much procedural detail, but important ideas for moving forward.
Students become familiarized with the layout of the library utilizing a map unit in the classroom. They role play as explorers and their territory is the library within the scenario. Each student relates library skills to classroom lessons to help surface relevance to their studies.
Research Projects-The Seven Regions of India
Third graders use library skills to research topics assigned to them. synthesize information about India into a oral presentation and written report. They communicate their findings to the class using oral language skills and visual aids.
We Shall Overcome
Students complete a unit of lessons on the Civil Rights movement. They create a timeline, write a newspaper article, develop and present a skit, participate in a debate, and create a Powerpoint presentation.
We Shall Overcome
Learners examine how historical events have helped to shape society, the roles played by singers and protest songs in the movement for civil rights, and the role American citizens played in shaping their society. Students make posters and PowerPoint presentations, create time lines, participate in debates, write a newspaper article, and compose a creative writing in this project.
Seventh graders look up pictures of viruses or pictures of models of viruses. Using pipe cleaners, beads, Styrofoam or other available materials make models of these shapes. They then observe a demonstration to show the effect of Tobacco Mosaic Virus.
Understanding Library Skills: The Dewey Decimal System
Cyber Dewey? Dewey Made Fun? Do the Dewey Game? After a librarian-led tour of the school library and an explanation of the Dewey Decimal System, class members use the Internet to access MAGNOLIA, a site with resources devoted to library skills and the Dewey Decimal System. Pupils are then given a list of books that they must successfully locate.
Library Media Skills: Research and Plagiarism
Orienting learners to the resources at your school library enables access to information and encourages discernment about the validity of sources. Includes link to a PowerPoint slide show that explores plagiarism and clarifies when, how, and why to cite sources. Refers to a teacher-made movie that may take some time and work to acquire. Alternatively, see if your school library has an orientation video of its own.
Words 'R' Us
Word relationships, connotation, and denotation are the focus of an activity to teach the use of a thesaurus. Scholars seek out vocabulary words to replace common starter words; they use the new vocabulary words to write three grammatically correct sentences that demonstrate the different connotations of each.
The Dewey Decimal System -- Cataloging Collections
Young scholars categorize their private book collections as a precursor to learning the principles of the Dewey Decimal System. They use the Internet to gain a better understanding of the Dewey Decimal System.
The Native American Indian Women Quest
Students research background information on the role of Native American women. They then participate in a four station center which enables the students to view pictures, investigate new vocabulary, and research Native American recipies.
Dealing with Dewey
Fourth graders identify books based on the Dewey Decimal System. In this library skills instructional activity designed to be used after introducing the Dewey Decimal System, 4th graders play a game collecting books from each category of the Dewey Decimal system while using a digital card catalog to identify the location of each book.
Reading An Ancient Egyptian Website
Sixth graders read a web article to find information. In this library skills lesson, 6th graders complete and worksheet on Egypt after reading about it on a website. Students note the differences between websites and other sources.
The Year in Review: What We Learned in the Library
Students review and practice many of the skills they have learned in the library throughout the year. They create a Library Handbook for next year's incoming third grade students.They are excited about the project because they love the idea of being authors and illustrators of such a valuable resource for other students.
Pathfinders: Using Information Resources
Eighth graders gather and use information on a chosen topic for a hypothetical research paper. They use organizational features of printed text, the Internet, and other media to locate information and choose a specific topic.
Polar Bear Needs a Home!
Third graders are introduced to the topic of habitat . They create a zoo exhibit fo a polar bear that is being donated to the Albuquerque Zoo. The zoo is not big enough for a brand new cage, so the students choose which of three animals in the arctic section should share an exhibit. Pupils choose from a polar bear, a walrus and a harp seal. Students make suggestions about what should be included in the exhibit.
Basic Search Methods Using Online Resources
Second graders practice using technology to gather information. In this online research lesson, 2nd graders use technology to find information for a research project. Students write a research paper, and give a presentation to the class effectively demonstrating knowledge of the topic, and the resources used to find the information.
Sea Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My, Research Can Be Fun
Digital pictures from a field trip to the zoo launch a research unit for 3rd through 6th graders. Over 6 weeks, your young researchers develop skills at locating information from various resources -- with keyword searches, in magazines and books. They conduct research, take notes, compile bibliographies, and create a book to present their knowledge. Instead of lectures as listed, I'd prepare hands-on activities to get them moving in the library and on the internet.
Long Island Sound - A Research Skill Approach
Eighth graders examine the characteristic of Long Island Sound. In groups, they use the internet to describe how the Sound formed and what environmental changes have altered it. They also discover what humans have done to affect the Sound and what can be done to correct the problems. To end the lesson, they develop their own plan to reverse the damages made by humans.