Kindergartners learn about library citizenship and literature appreciation. We cover concepts and topics such as rhymes, letter recognition, letter sounds, word blends, sequence of events, making predictions, fiction vs. non fiction, story structure, the calendar, money and shapes. We take literature and find skills to address within books. Kindergartners often use the SmartBoard to begin working with technology and experiencing how learning to read can be fun!
First Grade Library
First Graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, non fiction vs. fiction, the Caldecott Award, parts of a book, and fairytales. We also begin to explore researching by asking questions and learning the research model, the SUPER 3 (Plan, Do, Review). Through literature, First Graders also get practice with skills such as comparing and contrasting, making predictions, journal writing, author and illustrator studies, summaries, details in stories and the main idea and parts of a sentence. Some of the Science and Social Studies units covered in First Grade are communities, weather and seasons, and heroes and symbols in our community.
Second Grade Library
Second graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, folktales and fables, dictionaries, biographies, parts of a book and poetry. Through these genres of literature, we also learn about authors and illustrators, researching (focusing on the main idea and details), the thesaurus, comparing and contrasting, data and graphs, endangered species and traditions, customs and diversity. Second graders also begin learning about how the library is organized and how to find resources using the OPAC. While researching, second graders continue to use the SUPER 3 Research Model.
Third Grade Library
Third Graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, the OPAC, non fiction vs. fiction, broken fairytales, authors and illustrators and we focus more on researching. Third graders also explore eBooks, literature genres, the public library, book talks, timelines, almanacs and world record books and persuasive writing. We do a large Native American unit and discuss holidays.Fourth Grade Library
Fourth Graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, the OPAC, the dewey decimal system, Cinderella variations, pourquoi folktales, biographies, mysteries and researching. Other topics touched in fourth grade are bibliographies, eBooks, World Book Online, copyright, creative commons, atlases, the Newbery Award, quotes and proverbs, magazines, newspapers, reference tools, book talks, and a new research model, the BIG 6.
Fifth Grade Library
Fifth Graders learn about library citizenship, literature appreciation, the OPAC, the dewey decimal system, tall tales, non fiction vs. fiction, research, poetry, POWERlibary and web based research. More specifically, we touch on encyclopedias (World Book Online and print encyclopedias), plagiarism, reliable sources, book reviews, bibliographies and work cited, creative commons, book trailers, the BIG 6 research model, primary and secondary sources, diaries, interviews, book talks and blogs.