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Library Lessons - February

Here's What Students are Learning in the Library in February

Kindergarten: Students will complete their unit on digital text by learning about PebbleGo, a database of information geared to young children.  Students will bring home the information they need to access this database at home. Next, students will spend several weeks learning about wordless picture books. These books allow students to use visual images to infer what's happening in the story and then retelling the stories in their own words.

1st Grade: Students will complete their unit on the arrangement of fiction and learning how to independently find books in our library.   Student will then spend several weeks with early chapter books and series. Series books are great for emerging readers since the characters and settings often stay the same and students bring this prior knowledge as they begin reading new stories. 

2nd Grade: Students will learn some strategies for reading digital nonfiction text using PebbleGo, a science and social studies resource geared towards young children. . An introduction to the Caldecott Award will be the second graders next unit. They will learn how illustrators help authors tell their stories.

3nd Grade: Students will be learning about text features, such as headings, bold print, images, indexes, etc. These features are used by authors to help their readers better understand the text. Students will then spend time on their unit on the Caldecott Medal. They will spend several weeks learning about the medal and how it's awarded ending with a fun activity that will give students some insight into how illustrators interpret the authors' words. 

4th & 5th: Students will continue to read Great Stone Face Award nominees. They can read any or all of the books and vote for their unit on the favorite in April. Click here for more information about this book award.

4th Grade: Students have learned about plagiarism and will now apply what they've learned to images. They'll learn that it is just as important to give credit to a photographer for their work as it is an author for their work. They will be introduced to several sites that have "copyright friendly" images that are appropriate for elementary students. Students will also take part in a mock Caldecott award. Working in committees, students will review up to twenty picture books published in 2016, to determine which books they feel have the best illustrations and best represent the stories.

5th GradeStudents will increase their understanding of plagiarism and the importance of citing your sources using images. They will review ways to avoid plagiarism and will learn about some sites that provide "copyright friendly" images for students. They will also take part in a mock Caldecott award. Working in committees, students will review up to twenty picture books published in 2016, to determine which books they feel have the best illustrations and best represent the stories.