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Here's a slideshow that compares and contrasts Fiction and Nonfiction in a way that kids can understand.  Just click the RIGHT ARROW BUTTON to advance through this slideshow and see this lesson.
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Some BIG Ideas

Here are "Big Ideas" to introduce Kindergarten through Second Grade students to Library Media Skills.

  1. Identify information on spine of book
  2. Identify bibliographic information (print) (title page & copyright)
  3. Apply alphabetization skills
  4. Fiction arrangement in library
  5. Exposure to variety of authors and genres, including subject areas
  6. Differences between fiction and nonfiction
  7. Location of different types of library materials
  8. Introduce library online catalog
  9. Care of library materials
  10. Respect for the library as a shared resources - reasonably quiet, don't distract others, and return materials on time so that other borrowers may use
  11. Use time spent in library wisely
  12. Selecting appropriate library materials
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Elementary Library Curriculum
Kindergarten Through Second Grade

Standard 1.  Accesses information efficiently and effectively
  • LibK2.1.1 Understands roles of library personnel
    • Librarian
    • Library clerk
    • Computer lab assistant
    • Student volunteers
  • LibK2.1.2  Demonstrates ability to check out, care for and return library materials properly
  • LibK2.1.3  Demonstrates appropriate use of library media vocabulary
    • Checkout
    • Return
    • Catalog
    • Librarian
    • OPAC
    • Overdue
    • Reserve/hold
    • Due date
    • Book drop/return
    • Circulation
  • LibK2.1.4  Understands the function and purpose of a library
  • Libk2.1.5  Understands the parts of a book
    • Author
    • Title
    • Spine
    • End papers
    • Title Page
    • Illustrator
    • Cover
  • LibK2.1.6  Understands use of the library catalog
    • Visual OPAC
  • LibK2.1.7  Understands the physical arrangement of library materials
    • Easy section
    • Nonfiction section
    • Fiction section
    • Reference
    • Magazines
    • Audio visuals
    • Special collections

Standard 2:  Evaluates information critically and competently

  • Libk2.2.1  Understands differences between fiction and nonfiction
  • LibK2.2.2  Reviews information in order to achieve success
    • Did I get the book/information I wanted?

Standard 4:  Pursues information related to personal interests

  • LibK2.4.1  Understands a variety of types of literature and literary elements
    • Fairy tales
    • Folk tales
    • Fiction
    • Nonfiction
    • Fables
    • Poems
    • Nursery rhymes
    • Picture books
    • Audio books
    • eBooks
  • LibK2.4.2  Uses a variety of strategies for locating books for independent reading
    • Browsing
    • Library catalog
    • Ask the librarian
    • Ask peers and friends
    • Signage

Standard 8:  Practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology

  • Understands protecting use of passwords when using a computer
  • Respects others' rights to the use of materials
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Curriculum Outline by Grade

Kindergarten.  We will develop an awareness and appreciation of:

  • Location and Arrangement of Library Media Center
  • Expectations in Library
    • Walk
    • Quiet Voices
    • Care of Materials & Use of Bookmarks
    • Sit Quietly and Listen to Stories
    • Participate in Discussion and Responses About Stories
    • Locate Books for Checkout
    • Procedures for Checkout and Return by Date Due
  • Parts of a Book
    • Cover, Spine, Title Page, Title, and Author
  • Book Care and Responsibility
  • Literature Appreciation
  • Recognize a Variety of Children's Books (Genres and Subgenres)
  • Learning About Authors and Illustrators
  • Getting to Know the Media Staff and How to Ask for Help
  • Locate Areas of Library:
    • Fiction
    • Nonfiction
    • Quiet Reading Area
    • Circulation Desk (Checkout Desk)
    • Book Return
  • Select Favorite From a list of Titles (Especially Important When Voting for Golden Select Favorite From List of Titles)
  • Language Development Through Children's Literature
  • Computer Skills:  Eye/Hand/Mouse Coordination
    • Reinforce number & counting skills
    • Phonics
    • Alphabet
    • Animals

First Grade.  We will review the Kindergarten skills and emphasize:

  • Literature Appreciation
    • Develop Competence and Selectivity in reading, Listening, and Viewing
    • Respond to Questions and Discussions During Reading
    • Recognize Caldecott Medal and Explain How a Book Achieves This Award
    • Recognize Golden Archer Medal and Explain How a Book Achieves This Award
    • Select a Variety of Books and Author Styles for Leisure Reading
    • Use the Labels and Subject Markings in the Barlow Park LMC When Selecting Books for Leisure Reading
    • Select Leisure Reading Materials at Appropriate Level
  • Poetry
  • Parts of a Book
    • Identify Title and Author on Cover of Book
    • Identify Title, Author, and Publisher on Spine of Book
    • Identify Title Page
    • Identify Title, Author, and Publisher on Title Page
    • Identify Spine Label
    • Differentiate Between Fiction and Nonfiction by Content and by Spine Label
    • With Guidance, Identify Copyright Information
    • Locate Table of Contents and Index in Book
    • Identify Information About a Book and Author That May Be in Cover Flap
  • Arrangement of Books in Alphabetical Order by the Authorís Last Name
  • Book Care and Responsibility
  • Elements of a Story:  Setting, Character, Problem, Solution
  • Introduce Concept of "Genre"
  • Compare & Contrast Folk Tales versus Fairy Tails
  • Finding a Book They Will Enjoy and Can Read
  • Caldecott Award given for "best" picture book of the year
  • Enriching Language Development and Writing Skills through Children's Literature including Non-Fiction covering Math, Science, and Social Studies
  • Multicultural Awareness
  • Basic Dictionary Skills (Alphabetical Order)
  • Computer Skills

Second Grade.  We will review the First Grade skills and focus on:

  • Literature Appreciation
  • Locate, Identify, and Make Use of:
    • Title
    • Author
    • Publishing Company
    • Copyright Date
    • Dedication in Print Page
  • Locate Specific Pages by Making Use of Table of Contents and Index
  • Identify that Back Flap of Book has Information About Author
  • Respect Intellectual Property Rights:
    • Recognize That Copyrighted Materials Must Be Cited
    • Be Able to Locate at Least 1 Fact from a Print Resource
    • Identify Author, Publisher, and Copyright of Source
  • Be Able to Locate at Least One Fact from an Online Source
  • Note URL of Web Source and Author and Copyright Information if Available
  • Develop Competence and Selectivity in Reading and Listening
    • Begin to Discern Types of Books Most Enjoyed
    • Select Reading Practice Books (Accelerated Reader) at Appropriate Level
  • Comparing and Contrasting Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Location of Fiction and Nonfiction books
  • Dewey Decimal System
    • Discern the Difference Between Fiction and Nonfiction and Location in LMC
    • Given Call Number or Author's Name, Be Able to Locate Fiction Books 90% of Time
    • Given Nonfiction Call Number, Be Able to Locate at Least the Number to the Left of the Decimal Point
    • Be Able to Explain That the Dewey Decimal System Arranges Nonfiction Books by Subject
  • Parts of a Book:  Title Page, Copyright Date, Dedication, Table of Contents, Glossary, and Index
  • Enhanced Dictionary Skills (Alphabetic Order, Locating Words, and Spelling)
  • Online Catalog
    • Search by Author, Title, and Subject
    • Identify Title, Call Number, Availability, Author, and Location in LMC
  • Periodicals
  • Writing Skills:  Letters, Facts vs. Fiction, Sentence Form
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