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Online Catalog Lesson


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This is a lesson plan designed for sixth grade students. The focus of the lesson is how to use the online library catalog, which includes a demonstration as well as guided practice.

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Online Catalog Lesson

  1. 1. Name: Natalie SapkarovCooperating Teacher-Librarian: Kim AndersonDate: Wednesday, September 9, 2009School & City: Jefferson Middle School, ChampaignLesson Title: How to Use the Online CatalogGrade Level: 6thLength of Lesson: 20-30 minutes<br />Purpose: To familiarize students with the online catalog so that they will be able to use it effectively and efficiently to search for materials.<br />Learning Outcomes:<br /><ul><li>Students will be able to perform a Title, Author, Keyword, and Advanced Search in the online catalog in order to find materials in the library. </li></ul>Illinois Learning Standards:<br /><ul><li>5.A.3a Identify appropriate resources to solve problems or answer questions through research.
  2. 2. 5.B.3a Choose and analyze information sources for individual, academic and functional purposes.</li></ul>Standards for 21st Century Learner:<br /><ul><li>1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.
  3. 3. 1.2.2 Demonstrate confidence and self-direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information.</li></ul>MaterialsNeeded by teacher: <br /><ul><li>Laptop computer with Internet and Bluetooth access
  4. 4. Airliner
  5. 5. Projection screen and projector</li></ul>Needed by students: None<br />Instructional ProceduresFocusing Event:<br /><ul><li>What is the online catalog?
  6. 6. Ask students if they’ve used an online catalog before (elementary school or public library). Ask students what the online catalog is and what information can be found in it.
  7. 7. Why use the online catalog?
  8. 8. Ask students why they might use the online catalog. Some leading questions: What if you knew the title of a book but not the author? What if you were researching a certain topic and wanted to find books about it?</li></ul>Instruction:<br /><ul><li>On the display, guide students through the process of how to log on the computers and get to the library catalog.
  9. 9. Highlight and circle (using the Airliner) key features of the library catalog.
  10. 10. Perform a Quick Search by Title. Ask for a student volunteer to name a book and use the Airliner to type it in. Preface the lesson by offering use of the Airliner as a reward for respectful and attentive behavior. Also demo an Author and Keyword search.
  11. 11. Click on Advanced Search. Highlight/circle key features of the Advanced Search. Show students that they can limit their search to just fiction books – go to Copy Type and highlight 2 – Fiction. Demo an Advanced Search. Ask for student volunteer to use Airliner to perform search.
  12. 12. Briefly point out Visual Search and explain its benefits/drawbacks (click on categories to browse but too many results to find something specific). Also click on Reading Lists and promote using these to browse. </li></ul>Guided Practice/Closure:<br /><ul><li>After instruction, half the class will go find books to check out, while the other half will get to go on the computers to search the catalog. I will monitor the computers to help students navigate to the catalog and perform a search. After students have successfully completed a search in the catalog, they may go find a book to check out.
  13. 13. When the first group of students who went to find books has checked their books out, they may use the computers to search the catalog for the book they just found. They should use a Title or Author search. Students should each complete these two activities, and then read quietly at the tables. </li></ul>Check for Understanding<br /><ul><li>During the lesson, I will ask for questions about the different kinds of searches.
  14. 14. I will also review recently covered material – e.g. If I know the author’s name is Nikki Grimes, what kind of search would I do? My topic is segregation – what kind of search should I use?
  15. 15. Students will be using their new knowledge during the guided practice/closure activity.</li></ul>What’s Next? This is a stand-alone lesson for sixth grade students. <br />