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Class Description: Library Media is an exploratory hands-on course that is designed to help students become proficient users and consumers of information and provide additional access to reading especially for pleasure. Activities in the library include Read Aloud sessions and literacy events that relate to our instructional focus and enhance each grades curriculum. Our students learn how to find and borrow books, use the computer to support their learning and present and communicate their ideas to their peers.
The more you read, the more you know.
The more you know, the smarter you grow.
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice,
When speaking your mind or making your choice.
Class Goals:The goal of the school library media program is to support our students in becoming life-long readers and users of information who contribute positively to our world. Through our library media curriculum we hope to foster a love of reading and build skills that enable every student to become an independent learner who is a socially responsible user and consumer of information and ready for college and career.
Class Organization: Students attend Library Media class once a week for 50 minutes for the entire school year. (K1 students attend Library Media 2x per week this year). ALL students receive a Boston Public Library card for use at OGPS and ALL Boston Public Libraries. The library at OGPS is a real library and we are part of the Metro Boston Library Network.
Sample Learning Objectives:
&Students will be able to name authors and name their own favorite books.
&Students will be able to make predictions about books they are going to read.
&Students will be able to identify detail in stories they read.
&Students will be able to retell stories in their own words.
Information Literacy Skills:
&Students will be able to locate, borrow and return books.
&Students will be able to identify the main parts of a book and distinguish between fiction and non-fiction.
&Beginning in Grade 2, students will be able to use beginning steps in research for finding, organizing and presenting information.
Lifelong Learning and Social Responsibility:
&Students will be able to request materials based on personal interest.
&Students will be able to demonstrate library etiquette (i.e. speaking quietly and basic book care)
&Students will be able to work independently.
Class Participation, transitions and effort: 30%
Class Work: 70%
Class Participation and Expectations:
The class participation grade includes following the OGPS Scholarguidelines:
An OGPS student works hard by:
- Following instructions the first time and getting to work promptly.
- Participating appropriately in classroom routines, activities and discussions.
- Being prepared.
An OGPS student shows respect by:
- Having eyes on the speaker or board or materials and having a calm body.
- Being silent while others are speaking.
- Listening to and following instructions.
An OGPS student is responsible by:
- Using school appropriate language.
- Using appropriate tone and manners.
- Using appropriate words to ask for things and calling each other by name.
Typical Class Structure:
Introduction & whole group DO NOW: Team Builder, Library Poem - 5 minutes
Read Aloud: 10-15 minutes
Multimedia: 5 minutes or less; May feature the letter of the day, music or video that illustrates fiction or nonfiction theme or story
Activity: 10-15 minutes
Choice: Computer, centers “Imagination Stations” and check out: 10-15 minutes
« Choice in library is critical to the development of an independent learner. Activities and “choices” are carefully developed to help the student learn to make wise choices with their time.
« Book Check Out - Students may check out a book during choice time if they have returned their last book.
Special Events: Products completed in library media class may be part of Art Month Festivals. We will also have one Scholastic Book Sale, dates to be determined.
A Samplingof K-2 Class Projects for 2016-2017:
Class work is stored in the library and parents are welcome to view the materials.
K0/K1/K2 - Students will take a journey through the alphabet as they explore a variety of picture books from A-Z. Starting with Ten Apples Up on Top and ending with The Alphabet Tree where they discover that “letters make words” students will be introduced to over 30 books many of which they will cherish for years to come. Their culminating project is a book that captures every book and activity they’ve done in the class.
Grade 1 – Students will begin by reading two series as an introduction to chapter books, First Graders From Mars and Mercy Watson and then create their own Chapter Book that has several chapters about a character modeled after them.
Grade 2 – Students in grade 2 will read several chapter books, including Donovan’s Word Jar and do their first library research project based on collections.
7/8 Media and 7/8 Yearbook – Students in Media and/or Yearbook will do advanced media projects including creation of The Lion’s Den, our school literary journal, The Pride, our school yearbook and assorted media projects.