An Overview of the Library Curriculum
The librarian plans activities in conjunction with the classroom curriculum. Students are introduced to research skills that are taught in context and developmentally appropriate.
Students come to the library for 30 minutes each week. They choose a picture book from a collection of titles appropriate for their grade. They can take the book home and return it for the next storytime.
Students learn to check out books independently. They select books from the library collection, beginning with picture books and expanding to the nonfiction area. Kindergarteners come to the library once a week for check out and storytime. In addition there is a second time scheduled for sharing stories. A student may have up to four books checked out at one time. The circulation period for kindergarten is one cycle. There are no fines for late books.
In collaboration with the classroom teacher, the librarian plans research and enrichment activities to prepare students for field trips and classroom units of study. Some of these activities include an examination of symbols of our country, a comparison of city, suburb and rural communities, and research of African animals.
First grade students come to the library once a week for story and check out. The circulation period is two weeks, and a student may have six books checked out at one time. There are no fines for late books.
The librarian collaborates with the classroom teacher in the study of Native American cultures, with particular emphasis on the folklore of Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest and Pacific Northwest tribes. Other research projects or units take place in the Library Media Classroom throughout the year in collaboration with the classroom teacher. (Examples of research: Polar Regions and Animals, Spiders, Insects, and Native American Dwellings.)
The Junior Great Books program begins second semester. This program uses text-based discussion and shared inquiry to promote reading and appreciation of literature. Rumplestiltskin, The Talking Eggs and The Boy Who Went to Live with the Seals are a few of the stories that our first graders love to discuss during this time.
Virginia Readers Choice is a state-wide program that is introduced in January.
Second grade students come to the library once a week for story and check out. The circulation period is two weeks, and a student may have six books checked out at one time. There are no fines for late books. The focus in book selection is to develop a balanced diet of books, including both fiction and nonfiction. Each student starts with a :glass of milk” book, i.e. one that is just right for her at her level. Throughout the year they are encouraged to challenge themselves with their reading choices.
Second graders learn to search the online library catalog by title, author and subject.
The library is directly involved in enhancing the second grade curriculum through the use of the "Big Six" research model. An introduction to folk tales in general and fairy tales in particular starts in the library. Research on the topics of oceanography and the United States uses the technique of "Trash or Treasure" to teach note taking.
Third grade students come to the library once a week for story and check out. The circulation period is two weeks, and a student may have six books checked out at one time. There are no fines for late books. They may participate in the Library Club which meets before school from 7:50 to 8:10 AM. Club members collect library books from the classrooms, check in books and help younger students use the library .
Third graders learn to search the online library catalog by keyword. Weekly library time includes book talks of popular and classic stories.
In addition the librarian collaborates with the classroom teacher to provide multimedia materials for the study of Virginia history and participates in the grade level PBL unit on Colonial Studies. Biography research projects are completed in February, and Easy Bib is introduced for citing students’ sources.
Ongoing collaboration with the classroom teacher for reading assignments and for introducing genres is an important part of the weekly library time.
Virginia Readers Choice is a state-wide program that is introduced and encouraged for book selections.
Each fourth grade class has a regularly scheduled library period for research and the study of literature. The goal of the library curriculum is to encourage collaboration and problem solving. A library scavenger hunt using QR codes provides a review of the library layout. Webquests for Monticello, the American Mosaic and Washington DC are introduced in the library. Monthly booktalks encourage students to try different genres.
Fourth graders learn to conduct Boolean searches of the online catalog, using search terms AND, OR, and NOT. Searching strategies are then extended to online encyclopedias and search engines. Students are exposed to the advanced elements of Destiny, the library management system. They learn how to use this tool to create book lists and write online book reviews.
The library collection of e-books is introduced to fourth graders. These books are available to download to a student's personal tablet with the permission and assistance of parents. It is a supplemental part of the library collection.
The librarian is available to collaborate with the classroom teacher on various aspects of the curriculum, including the writing of folktales and assisting in project-based learning for the American Mosaic study.
The circulation period is two weeks, and a student may have six books checked out at one time. There are no fines for late books. Fourth graders may participate in the Library Club which meets before school from 7:50 to 8:10 AM. Club members collect library books from the classrooms, check in books and help younger students use the library.
Any questions about the library curriculum? Ask a librarian!