April is School Library Media Month, a great time to reexamine your students' library know-how! Do your students know diddly about Dewey? Do they believe that "biography" is a television show? Do they think call numbers belong in a telephone's memory? Are your students convinced that a "librarian" is a person born under the sign of Libra? If so, it's time to reel them in and get them reacquainted with reading, researching, and the library! Included: Five fun lessons to reinforce library skills!
During your April observance of School Library Media Month, celebrate with lessons that encourage your students to rediscover the wealth of knowledge found in your school's library! Library skills can often get lost among the rigors of any curriculum, but these are the skills needed to complete tasks adults face every day -- finding information, summing it up, internalizing it, and sharing it. This month, schedule a visit to the library -- in person or online -- to sharpen your students' research skills!
This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills. Click on each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Approximate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)
Mapping the Library
Help students compare your school library with another library (a virtual library Web site is provided as one possibility). Use those observations to create a map of your school library that can serve as a guide for others. (Grades Pre-K-5)
Huey and Louie Meet Dewey
Exercise library organization skills with a work sheet that invites students to come to the aid of two rambunctious students in the school library. (Grades 3-8)
Save the Library!
Students learn about the many resources a library offers, then write an essay to help save the library from budget cuts or, worse yet, closure! (Grades 3-8)
Alphabetize for a Reason
Show students how to organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)
Library Scavenger Hunt
Introduce students to library resources and research. (Grades 6-12)
Book Week Lesson Plans
For dozens of fun ideas for celebrating books and improving reading, be sure to see this Education World archive page.
Article by Cara Bafile
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