Library Lessons for Grade 4/5 Vicki Duncan One idea for the Grade 4/5 classes that works well is to work on Critical Thinking skills. The "Six Hats" books are a lot of fun, easy to use and do develop some of these skills. They would easily fill one term and could go on for more depending on the extensions that the T-L chose to do on his/her own (The students could also work toward developing lessons or ideas to teach to the younger students in multi- age activities). This could then develop into further areas of working on metacognition, analyzing research materials/Internet sites etc. I usually choose a different area to work on each term, as well as covering Information Technology skills, Library skills, and Literature as a whole. Pat McCann Since reading is important in the library, I have combined Language Arts lessons with the library skills. I have read picture books and done comprehension questions using Thinking Through Stories (a teacher resource for reading). I have also used author studies e.g. Patricia Polacco's books with comprehension questions found on her website, other teacher resources like World of Literature (links story with questions), and worked on fables, legends; lots of ideas from the Internet. I find there's not enough time to cover Language Arts that this could be easily fit in with library preps. Sabrina Ballarin I have some things that I did this year for the grade 5s that would be stimulating . . . providing one sets the atmosphere that the library is a cool place to be in. We worked on: 1) a research report on a children's author, 2) A research report on an animal of their choice, 3) a report on a famous explorer (to go with the their social studies unit on Canadian exploration), 4) a travel brochure on a city/country in which they would like to visit and 5) finally, now we are working on a newspaper project for the end of their grade 5 year. Michelle Dober Something I tried this year with my grade 4s and 5s was a novel study on tape. Picking the right book on tape is important. I had success with "Bud Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis. It's available from Port Moody Library but it would be needed for longer than 3 weeks. I played a chapter each time the class came in and I did up questions that the students answer as they go along. In actually fact, the questions are short answer and multiple choice and act more as a guide for listening than as a measure of their comprehension. The book was about 21 chapters long so it took 21 classes to complete. I tried a second book on tape without the questions and just had the students draw an illustration and write a few lines to tell what they liked about the chapter but found that the kids were not as focused. It did take me a long time to do up the questions for Bud Not Buddy but I used it with 5 of my classes at the grade 4 and 5 level and it lasted me 21 weeks so I think it was worth the time. Secondly, while the students were listening to the tape, I was free to check in books and shelve, etc.
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