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
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.