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					        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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