Hands on learning in the Library

Hands on learning in the Library

Students at Carver Elementary School have been doing more than reading in the library recently.  Librarian Deanna Hamlin set up stations for 4th and 5th graders that let them explore science and social studies topics.  5th grade students measured the ocean floor depth using a model, then plotted and graphed their data.  They also got their hands dirty with an experiment that demonstrated the effects of an oil spill on water birds.  4th grade students had an archaeological dig as part of their Jamestown unit.  After finding an artifact the students had to figure out if it was used by the Powhatans or the colonial settlers and for what they would have used it.  The 4th grade students also participated in an inference game in which they read clues on bags set up through the library to try to infer what was in each bag.

 

Students measure the depth of the ocean floor.

Students measure the depth of the ocean floor.

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Oil and Water Experiment

Oil and Water Experiment

Students dig for artifacts.

Students dig for artifacts.

Students completing the inference game.

Students completing the inference game.

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Stations: Ancient Egyptian Culture

Stations: Ancient Egyptian Culture

Give your 9th grade students the opportunity to further explore AncientEgypt by recreating menus, masks and more! Students started out learning about the culture in Ancient Egypt through presentations taught by the classroom teacher and school librarian.  For this learning experience students will rotate through five stations, each highlighting a facet of Egyptian life.  Students get to make a mask, build a map, write a poem, design a cartouche and create a menu – Ancient Egyptian style!

by Carolyn Schmid, School Librarian- Freeman High School

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Storytime: Pete the Cat- Wheels on the Bus

Storytime: Pete the Cat- Wheels on the Bus

A great lesson for you to do in the library with your kindergartners.  Have them rock along with Pete The Cat and his book “Wheels On The Bus”.  After singing along with the read aloud, students will make a ‘cat-print’ of themselves in the drawing style of Ed Emberley, who uses fingerprints to create artwork.  The cat-prints will be added to a class bus- so they are now the animals on Pete’s bus!! Students listened to and sang along with Pete the Cat and his books “Rocking In His School Shoes” and “The Wheels On the Bus”.  After, they used their fingerprints to make their own cat to ride on Pete’s bus.  The fingerprint art is in the style of artist Ed Emberley. By Melissa Glanden, School Librarian- Arthur Ashe Jr. Elementary Lesson Plan

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Orientation: Library Missions

Orientation: Library Missions

Do you have three English teachers from each grade level come to you at the same time and ask you to schedule all five of their classes for the same lesson.  This happens to me all the time, and I feel like I’m repeating the same lessons fifteen times.  Plus half the time I have to double book myself in order to get all the classes in. As a single librarian in a school with over 900 students I had to get creative on how I can meet all my teachers’ needs and not work myself to death; thus the evolution of Library Missions.

The Library Missions are designed and scheduled so that students will actively learn about the library and the resources the library offers by watching short videos and tutorials.  Once students watch the videos/tutorials they will then use the resources to explore the library.  Students will be given a brief assessment following each of the videos to assess what they have learned.  The six focused missions are getting to know the library and how to use it, the catalog, ebooks, plagiarism, copyright and web evaluation.

By Christina Stewart, School Librarian- Pocahontas Middle School

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