“Get to Know Your Library” LessonDescription: My Name: Emily Ward Date: Oct. 1, 2012 Cooperating Teacher-Librarian: Kathy Wickline Grade Level: 6th School/City: Unity Jr HS / Tolono, IL Length: 45 min.Purpose: This lesson will familiarize the 6th grade students with the UJHS library and librarywebsite so they can be successful for their remaining three years here. In order to support theircurricular projects and assignments as well as maintaining or developing their habit of readingfor pleasure, students need to know how to find materials and resources that the library has tooffer.Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to identify where fiction materials, non-fiction materials, and biographies are located in the library. Students will be able to navigate the library website to access the library’s online resources.Standards: 1. Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy: SL.6.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. 2. AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner: 1.1.6: Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning. 1.1.8: Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry. 1.2.2: Demonstrate confidence and self-direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information.Materials: Needed by me: How Well Do You Know Your Library pretests Get to Know Your Library stations worksheet Projector/laptop Needed by Students: Pen/pencilInstructional Procedures:
Focusing Event: “How well do you know your library?”Pre-test—Students will fill it out as best they can, and then I will collect it from them. Input From Me: Where to Find Books in the Library: Using student input, I will review where the different types of materials are located in the library (fiction, non-fiction, biographies, audio). Next, I will go over the spine labels found on the book and remind them how to recognize call numbers (FIC – know it’s fiction; Numbers – know it’s non-fiction; 92 – know it’s biography). How to Use the Library Website: Using the projector, I will show the website on the wall. We will go through each area of the website, and I will explain how they can use it. o Mrs. Wickline’s Library List: If you know you like certain kinds of books (in a certain genre – mystery, fantasy, horror; or about a certain topic – war stories, animal stories, family life), these lists will help you find books we have available in our library. You can read a description, find the author, and read reviews. o Rebecca Caudill Nominees 2013: Mrs. Wickline has created wiki pages for each Caudill Nominee, giving you a description of the book, links to author websites, AR points, and sometimes videos or other extras. o Search the Catalog: Find out if we have a book in our library or if we can order it from a different library. (I will search for a Caudill book and show how to limit by our library). o Series and Sequels List: Know a series you like but you don’t know the title of the next one? (I will ask a student for a series they like and find it in the list). This will show you the titles of all the books in a series and what order they go it. Especially helpful when we have to order books from other libraries. o 6th Grade Wiki Page: Teachers may post assignments or websites that you may need for a project here. Guided Practice: Students will now rotate through the stations, completing their Get to Know Your Library worksheets. Table 1 starts at Station 1, finding a fiction book. Table 2 starts at Station 2, finding a non-fiction book. Table 3 starts at Station 3, finding a biography. Tables 4 and 5 will start with Station 4, working on the website. As students finish their station, they will go on to their next station, rotating through. I will circulate and answer questions as needed. Closure: As students are wrapping up, I will collect their worksheets, and encourage any students who need an AR book to check one out if there is time.Differentiation: For our student with a writing disability, I could use a zip drive to put anelectronic version of the worksheet on his laptop, and ask him to type his answers.Assessment: I will be comparing the students’ pretests to their worksheets, to assess whethertheir knowledge of how to access library resources has increased.
What’s Next?Students from Mrs. Bickford’s classes will be coming back to the library nextweek for a Website Evaluation lesson before starting their Glog project.