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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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
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.
Author Pearl Buck's, The Good Earth is the central focus of this terrific eighth grade language arts lesson. Essentially, it is a very thorough study of the book. While reading, there are worksheets embedded in the plan to be completed. There are many postreading assignments as well, all supported with worksheets. This is a fine educational resource to complement the study of this book.
The Great Depression is one of the landmark time periods in American History. Use these lessons to lead your seventh graders into a thorough study of how the Great Depression came about, how long it lasted, and how people got through this difficult time. The 12-page packet has many terrific activities designed to help learners gain a deep understanding of the economics of the times and how President Roosevelt's New Deal helped bring the country back on its feet.
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.
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.
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.
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.