Academics - Library Science:
Teacher: Ann Bryde

Students in grades Pre-K 3 through 6 attend library class once each week. Students enrolled in the full-day Pre-K 4 program attend 2 additional weekly library periods.

The library curriculum supports the teaching that takes place in the classroom. All students are introduced to a variety of books. The overall objective, beginning as early as Pre-kindergarten, is to encourage reading and independent thinking through understanding and inquiry. Topics of main idea, facts, details, inference and opinion are addressed in grade appropriate ways. The interactive Smart Board is used on a regular basis to support lessons and skills taught.

Pre-k 3-Pre-K 4: Children are read to and taught proper library behavior and book care. They are introduced to the definitions of title, author and illustrator.

Grades K -1: Students continue to learn about titles, authors, illustrators, proper library etiquette and book care. They begin to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction. They are introduced to the Dewey Decimal System and call numbers. They learn to use place savers when previewing books.

Grades 2-3: Skills from previous years are reviewed and practiced. Students continue to work and build upon these skills, including distinguishing between fiction and non-fiction, biography and autobiography. Continued discussion about the Dewey Decimal System is used to teach book classifications and to locate books. Children become more familiar with the different parts of the book, including cover, spine, spine label, copyright date, dedication page, date of publication, and publisher. Research materials such as children’s dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases are introduced and explored.

Grades 4-5: Various literary genres are discussed and read. Students become more familiar with various reference materials. They explore features of non-fiction texts: captions, cutaways, maps, photographs ,table of contents, glossary, and index. They use various library reference books and materials to complete class assignments. The topic of plagiarism and the importance of citing sources are discussed. Paraphrasing and note taking are practiced. Proper internet use and identifying reliable websites are addressed.

Grade 6: The primary objectives for 6th grade are learning how to research information and preparing to write a research paper. Students continue to build on their knowledge and skills from previous years. Topics covered are plagiarism, note-taking, paraphrasing, using footnotes, preparing bibliographies and locating objective and valid information from websites.

Grades7-8: Although these students do not attend library on a weekly basis,, they attend during the year to prepare research for their term paper. They are encouraged to visit the library to check out books anytime.