• Library Instruction
     
    Children who read for pleasure read more and become better readers. One of the main purposes of the library program is to motivate children to read regularly. With a strong foundation in reading, students become effective users of ideas and information, critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, and skillful researchers.
     
    What is Taught in the Library?
     
    Kindergarten:
    • How to check out and take care of a library book
    • Jobs of an author and illustrator
    • Parts of a book (front cover, back cover, spine, pages, title page)
    • Big 6 research method
    • Alphabet activities
    • Author study
    • Multicultural holidays
    • Poetry and Nursery Rhymes
    • Difference between fiction and nonfiction
    • Predicting using pictures
    • Connecting literature to content learned in the classroom
    • The Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor Books
    • Virginia Readers’ Choice Books
     
    First Grade:
    • How to take care of a library book
    • How to choose a "Just Right Book" (a book that can be read independently)
    • Difference between fiction and nonfiction
    • Big 6 research method
    • Multicultural holidays
    • Connecting literature to content learned in the classroom
    • Beginning, middle, and end
    • Elements of a story (setting, characters, plot, problem)
    • Basic alphabetizing with call numbers
    • The Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor Books
    • Virginia Readers’ Choice Books
     
    Second Grade:
    • Connecting literature to content learned in the classroom
    • Elements of a story (setting, characters, plot, problem/solution)
    • Organization of the library (using call numbers)
    • The Dewey Decimal System (history, how it works)
    • Big 6 research method
    • Using nonfiction books for basic research
    • Using the Table of Contents
    • Using the Index
    • Citation of sources: name of book and author
    • Dictionary Skills
    • Five Finger rule
    • Introduction to Encyclopedia Skills
     
    Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades
    •  Classes are team taught and planned by the librarian and classroom teachers.
    • All lessons are an extension of the classroom curriculum.
    • Common Sense Media
    • Research
    • Literacy Skills