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- Lynne S.
- Lilburn, GA
Library Skills Teacher Resources
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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.
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.
Learners elucidate themselves by writing up to six entries in different formats. Some formatting choices include a dictionary, encyclopedia, or atlas entry, a magazine article, a newspaper article, and a table of contents. Some structural hints are included for each of the six formats. Consider including some additional formats of your own, too!
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.
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.
Primary graders master library skills as they explore the work of beloved author and artist Eric Carle. Rotating through four centers, children learn about the author while navigating a website, browsing books on display, listening to audio versions of Carle stories, and checking out books. Teachers need to prepare research questions in advance. Comprehensive accommodation ideas for every need are attached.
Fifth graders utilize the library in order to find the answers to three questions about The Revolutionary War. In this writing and library skills instructional activity, 5th graders pretend they are a Spy, and write the answers in a fictional letter to their commander-in-chief. The are encouraged to add descriptive details and stories about their adventures as a spy. An inventive instructional activity!