Collection and Development Assignment
FRIT 7134 – Spring 2010
Description of Site and Learners
The location of my school, Roan Elementary School is in a highly Hispanic
populated area and an extremely low socio-economic community in Dalton,
Georgia. There are six elementary schools, one middle school and two high
schools in the Dalton City School System. Roan Elementary School is Title I
funded and was recognized last year as being a Distinguished School for making
AYP for ten years in a row. Roan is actually celebrating its 40th year of existence
this year! As of today, our enrollment is 450 students, PK through 5th grade. Our
student population is 86% Hispanic, 4% Caucasian, 4% African American, 2%
Asian and 4% Mixed. All students qualify for free lunch. There are 43 certified
teachers, 2 administrators, and 16 classified staff members. This information
was obtained from the school’s data entry clerk.
Our Media Center is one of the first rooms one sees upon entering our
building. It houses around 17, 500 books, which gives us around 39 books per
student, which is one of the highest in the district. There are professional and
student magazines, over 900 audiovisual titles, 7 student computers, and a
multimedia room in the rear for closed circuit channels and morning broadcasts
There are three grade levels that focus in on the chosen standards related
to Electricity and Magnetism, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade. We have 3
classes in 1st grade with a total of 61 students. There are 4 classes in 3rd grade
with a total of 75 students and 2 classes in 5th grade with 50 students. The
demographic breakdown is as follows:
Grade Females Males ELL
1st 32 29 34 5 1 2
3rd 43 32 16 3 6 0
5th 22 28 6 0 6 1
Our school uses a framework for Literacy called Literacy Collaborative and
our students’ reading levels are based on the Fountas and Pinnell Reading
Levels. Our first graders’ reading levels vary from Level Pre-A to Level J. Our
third graders’ reading levels range from Level J to Q, with the exceptions of our
Non English Speakers who are currently on Level A and one of the girls has
progressed to a Level C. Our fifth graders are reading from Levels R to V.
Therefore, considerations for different materials with this collection and
development plan will cover a broad range of reading levels, especially with the
Our ELL department has changed this year as to how they are serving our
ELL children. This year the ELL teachers are focusing on content standards
when working with the ELL students. The ELL teachers have been searching for
and using resources from our library that haven’t been checked out as much in
the past. Therefore, we have found several areas in regards to our state
standards that we are lacking in materials. One of those areas is Electricity and
Magnetism in Science.
For this collection and development project, I have chosen to focus on
Electricity and Magnets, which is covered in three different grade levels, 1st, 3rd,
and 5th grades. The following standards are addressed within this topic:
S1P2. Students will demonstrate effects of magnets on other magnets and
a. Demonstrate how magnets attract and repel.
b. Identify common objects that are attracted to a magnet.
c. Identify objects and materials (air, water, wood, paper, your hand, etc.) that do
not block magnetic force.
S3P2. Students will investigate magnets and how they affect other magnets
and common objects.
a. Investigate to find common objects that are attracted to magnets.
b. Investigate how magnets attract and repel each other.
S5P3. Students will investigate the electricity, magnetism, and their
a. Investigate static electricity.
b. Determine the necessary components for completing an electric circuit.
c. Investigate common materials to determine if they are insulators or conductors
d. Compare a bar magnet to an electromagnet.
SS5H3 The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of
b. Describe the impact on American life of Thomas Edison (electricity).
Electricity 1998 2 1 14 6
Magnets 1995 1 0 11 5
Summary of Collection Needs:
There was quite a bit of research involved in this Collection and
Development Plan for Electricity and Magnetism. I researched the newest titles
in these topic areas from several different resource vendors. I also relied heavily
on the state frameworks that provide specific titles and resources that teachers
should use when teaching these subjects.
Based on the needs of our library and the population of our current
students, I feel that I have created an order that would greatly benefit and assist
our teachers and especially our students in learning all about Electricity and
Magnetism. There are titles covering electricity, magnetism, important people in
history related to these topics and hands-on resources for teachers and students.
My proposed budget is a total of $.
While researching for appropriate purchases, I have also created a
webpage with many different online links and resources for students and
teachers. www.glogster.skltoy.com The attached Excel spreadsheet includes the
list of titles for purchase.