Title of the Lesson/Activity:
Library media center orientation
1st, 2nd and 3rd grades
Students in first grade will be introduced to the media center organization, staff, rules and procedures. Students in 2nd and 3rd Grade will review procedures from last year.
Central Question/ Problem:
How can I find books that I will like to read?
Students will identify patterns in the location of materials, procedures for browsing in the media center and checking books out.
Students will find books to check out for their use and return books that they don’t want to borrow to their appropriate place on the shelves by using sticks.
DPS Content Interpretation: Students who are becoming information literate locate the Fiction and Nonfiction collections and know how materials are arranged on shelves.
- Media center
- Circulation computer with Destiny software
- Shelf markers (a.k.a. “Sticks”)
- Class lists with student barcode numbers in place of library cards
- Picture book, “Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book”
45 minute class review to be conducted weekly until the majority of students are browsing and checking out books independently.
- Media Center
- Media Specialist
- Media Secretary
- Write the key vocabulary words on the board and introduce or review them with students.
- Explore connections students make to the words.
- Show the cover of the picture books to be read.
- Discussion: What does “book care” mean (from the subtitle of the book)?
- Explain that students will begin checking out books from the media center soon and that Mrs. Malyn, the media secretary, is scheduling their classes.
- Review/explain rules for borrowing books: Students in 2-5 grade can borrow two books each week, as long as they bring their old books back; 1st graders get one book.
- Review/explain elements of book care (water damage, food damage, using a bookmark, keeping books in safe place they’ll remember – brainstorm ideas of good places at home and in their class)
- Review/explain fine policy: no charge for late books, but there is a charge to repair or replace books which needs to be paid before new books can be borrowed
- Review/explain “browsing” concept (check out time is limited-how to pick a good book based on cover clues and book location in media center)
Instruction/Check for Understanding:
- Read “Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book.” How can the title and cover help students when browsing to determine if they might like to read the book?
- Before reading, introduce/review elements of print (title, author, etc.) Point out connections between the title and the cover illustrations. What can students predict about the story they will hear by using the title and the illustration as clues.
- Read the book. Review predictions afterwards.
- Demonstrate how to use the shelf markers when browsing for books. Pass out 5 and tell students to give their shelf marker to another student when they have chosen their book(s) for check out.
- Pass out a book mark to each student and stress the similarities between a bookmark and a shelfmarker. How are they similar and different?
- In the last 5 minutes of class, introduce students to the “ABC Line Up Game.”
- Students line up to leave the library in alphabetical order by their names, like books on the shelves. And, like books on the shelves, they make no noise.
- To communicate, students can use gestures. Strikes are given for each time a student speaks.
- The class with the fewest number of strikes when lining up wins for the week’s game.
Anticipated student conceptions or challenges to understanding:
Explain the anticipated challenges students might face in accomplishing these objectives and tips to overcome them
AASL Content Standard #1: A student who has been educated in library media information skills accesses information efficiently and effectively.
Common Core State Standards:
1.1.1 Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects and make the real world connection for using this process in own life.
Casale, Karen, and Cecilia Rebora. Never let a ghost borrow your library book: book care guidelines from the Library Secret Service. Madison, WI: UpstartBooks, 2012. Print.