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Here are some of the skills we will cover in the library and through collaborative units with classroom teachers.

Kindergarten

  • What Are Libraries?

  • Book Care

  • How to Select a Book

  • Exposure to a Variety of Genres

  • What is Fiction?

  • What is Nonfiction?

  • Chickadee Book Award- Focus on the author’s style and the illustrator’s techniques

  • Nursery Rhymes

  • Folk Tales

 First Grade

  • Book Care

  • How to Select a Book

  • What is Fiction?

  • What is Nonfiction?

  • Answering Questions Using Informational Books

  • Exposure to a Variety of Genres

  • Chickadee Book Award- Focus on the author’s style and the illustrator’s techniques

  • Folktales

Second Grade

  • Book Care

  • Book Selection

  • Fiction & Nonfiction

  • Finding Fiction Books

  • Sections of the Library (Fiction, Picture Books, Biography, Nonfiction)

  • Answering Questions (Introduction to Research)

  • Introduction to Encyclopedias- Locating information in print

  • Genre Studies (Fantasy, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Fables, Folktales, Biographies, Poetry and Informational Texts)

  • What makes an author’s style unique?

  • Chickadee Book Award- Focus on the author’s style and the illustrator’s techniques

  • Caldecott Award- What makes an illustrator’s style unique

  • How do authors and illustrators make books?

  • Readers’ Theater

Third Grade

  • Library Procedures

  • Book Care

  • Genre Studies

  • How to Select Books- Browsing Techniques

  • Sections of the Library

  • Locating Fiction Books

  • Searching techniques- Using the online library catalog

  • Author’s Style

  • Illustrator’s Style

  • Text Features

  • Introduction to Note Taking (Biome Research)

  • Introduction to Online Encyclopedias (print vs. online resources)

  • Introduction to synthesizing information from notes to write an expository paragraph

  • Chickadee Book Award- Focus on the Author’s Atyle and the Illustrator’s Techniques

  • Native American Legends

  • What is the Caldecott Medal? Criteria for the Caldecott Award & Visual Thinking Strategies

  • How to Read a Comic Book or Graphic Novel- Comprehension Strategies

  • Poetry

Fourth Grade:

  • Library Procedures

  • Book Care

  • Book Selection

  • Sections of the Library

  • Locating Fiction

  • Using the Online Catalog

  • Finding Answers in Informational Texts

  • Text Features

  • “Sense of Place” using picture books set in Maine

  • Maine Student Book Awards- Students who read 3 or more books will be eligible to vote in March

  • Atlas Lessons/Types of Maps

  • Research Skills- selecting appropriate resources, note-taking strategies, citing sources

  • Introduction to MARVEL (Maine’s Virtual Library)

  • Searching techniques- using online databases such as NoveList, Kids Search and Britannica Online School Edition

  • Evaluating Web Sites- How to tell if information online is trustworthy

  • Digital Citizenship- How to use Creative Commons to find images and how to use the correct citation

Fifth Grade

  • How to Select a Book

  • Maine Student Book Award Program

  • Using the Online Library Catalog

  • Reading Informational Texts

  • MARVEL (Maine’s Virtural Library)- Britannica Online, NoveList Database, Kids Search

  • Evaluating Online Resources

  • Honing Online Search Techniques

  • Research Skills- selecting appropriate resources, note-taking strategies, citing sources, synthesizing information 

  • Introduction to the Newbery Medal- History, Criteria and Process

  •  Visual Thinking Strategies Using Picture Books

  • Types of Informational Texts and How Informational Texts are Organized