What is learned in Library classes?
Your child will be exposed to a variety of literature, poetry, research, and technology experiences, with follow up activities that provide students with opportunities to practice the skills that are introduced and reinforced in class.
The library curriculum follows the Arizona State Standards in both Language Arts and Technology within each grade level.
Your child will be graded in library skills and behavior/ participation on their report card each quarter.
In the library, we are striving to locate and use information effectively by:
- Defining our task by determining key research questions
- Evaluating sources of information to determine which ones are best for our task
- Acting safely and ethically when using information resources
- Becoming efficient note takers
- Creating a quality work product that shows and shares our learning.
In the library, we are all growing readers, working to:
- Identify the main idea
- Ask and answer questions about a text
- Identify the story elements
- Determine an author’s point of view
- Compare and contrast books, characters, or ideas
- Draw conclusions based on information from a text
- Practice making inferences using information from a text
- Find books at an appropriate reading level for enjoyment as well as for learning.
Importance of School Library Programs
Research collected by the American Library Association[*] reveals that School Media Specialists and school libraries have strong and positive impacts on student growth, especially in information literacy and technological skills. School libraries provide equitable access to information and technological resources that lead to increased student motivation, better comprehension, higher assessment scores, and higher graduation rates. In this day and age, information literacy is a crucial part of the educational process in preparing students for success in the future.
*American Library Association (2016). Libraries Matter: Impact Research. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/research/librariesmatter/
Helping Your Child Get the Most from Reading
1) Encourage your child to read at home, at least 15 minutes every day.
2) If your child wants to read a favorite book over and over, it’s OK! (Well, to a point . . .) The repetition can be beneficial.
3) Talk about reading with your child. Before they begin a book, have them make predictions about the story based on the cover, the title, the illustrations. After they’ve read the book, ask how the predictions went, and discuss the book.
4) Let your child see you reading. When children see their parents do something, they interpret it to be a valuable activity.
5) When your child is struggling to “decode” new words, try the Pause, Prompt, Praise method:
- Pause: If your child stops at a difficult word, pause for a few moments to give your child the opportunity to figure out the word.
- Prompt: If your child cannot read the word or does not read it correctly, ask him or her to
"Try again" or ask "What word would make sense?" or say "Look at the picture". If your child still cannot read the word correctly after two different prompts, say the word and ask him or her to repeat it. Continue with the reading.
- Praise: When your child reads the difficult word correctly, praise him or her for reading the word!