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Kindergarten Library Lesson Plans

Kindergarten Library Lesson Plans

Aug.     Sept.     Oct.      Nov.    Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.     Apr.      May 


Lessons for August will be ongoing with continuous modeling and practice

What is the Library and What are the rules?

Students will tour the library and learn that the library is the place to come for books to read and to find information about things (research).  They will be introduced to rules and procedures  and how they relate to our "Be your B.E.S.T." motto. They will see these expectations modeled and will practice them.

Use inside voices
Share/take turns
Take care of materials
Show repect to others

Students will be given assigned seats to aid librarian in identifying students who are both present and absent (for safety and record-keeping purposes).   They will be digitally photographed so librarian can learn their names and they will enjoy listening to a repetitive story that they can participate in. They will color at the tables while they are waiting.  Transitions and modeling strategies will be used.   Students will also learn a quiet/attention strategy, raise hand to speak, hand signal for bathroom emergency.


How do we care for books?

Students will share prior knowledge of how to handle a book properly.  Book handling will be modeled for them with role play and pictures.  Students will practice with paperback books and book buddies.  Animals should definitely not borrow library books.  "The Incredibly Fantastic Story" by Carl Dellutri


How do we listen to stories?

Students will participate in a transition song/chant to prepare them for storytime that will become a routine when it is time to listen.  Attention getters will also be used.  Students will learn the procedures for listening in the story corner and be assigned a story corner seat for safety/record-keeping.  Students will practice:  legs crossed, on bottom, hands in lap/to self, in personal space, quiet listening, raising hand to speak, signal for audience participation, hand signal for bathroom emergency.


Possible Books/Stories Include:

Book Buddy Manners, Mr. Wiggles Book from Highsmith Library Supply; No, David and David Goes to School by David Shannon; Eric Carle books: Very Hungry Caterpillar ; Grouchy Ladybug; Very Busy Spider


Hooked on Library Skills by Marguerite Lewis and Pamela J. Kudla, pp.2-4, lessons 1,2, and maybe 4
Book Buddy powerpoints on library rules and handling of books
Transitions and Modeling Strategy Ideas - scroll down once you follow the link

Centers - listening, drawing/writing, story telling props/flannel board; reading 
"Public Library Preschool Storytimes" Training Handouts from Lyrasis

 Eric Carle EMints Author Study; Eric Carle website, Eric Carle Scholastic Author Study ; University of Kentucky Critter Files;Insect Facts; Ladybug Facts; Spider Facts


What are the parts of a book?

Students are introduced to the parts of a book.  Each child is given a book and the class plays "SimonSays" with book parts.  E.g. Simon says touch the spine of your book.  Simon says put your hand on the cover of your book, etc.  Students discuss the reasons for and the care of the different parts of a book.


Concepts of Print, and Title, Author, and Illustrator

Through repetition during storytimes students are repeatedly exposed to the concepts of Title, Author, and illustrations, and illustrator as they are ready to use/understand these concepts.  They also will see proper book handling and gain exposure to concepts of print.  Read-alouds for each month are at the end of each month's lesson plan for the entire year and for successive grade levels. 


Review and Reinforce August Behaviors/Skills

Students begin to check out books from tables and learn the associated library terminology - check out, check in, due date, overdue

September Read-alouds

Possible Books/Stories Include:

Wordless Picture Books, David Weisner website, Mercer Mayer website

Predictable books such as: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer; Going on a Bear Hunt by Rosenberry, Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail; ; Very Greedy Old Fat Man by Paul Galdone

September Resources

 KET Encyclomedia and other video resources


Stories in Threes

Students become familiar with classic folktales and be exposed to the common motif of three elements.  Students learn to respond to books in an appropriate manner.  They listen in the story corner and respond in a variety of ways including retelling stories with props.

Librarian will utilize a variety of resources including:  graphic organizers, before-during-after reading strategies.


Fiction or Nonfiction

Students will be able to wonder about and think through whether something is fiction or non-fiction. The "something" would include books, movies, magazines, online resources and more.  Hyperlink to lesson plan.

Fiction/NF sort - Students sort pictures as fiction or nonfiction. 
Fiction/NF game - Play this librarian-created game(original) in which the librarian says a phrase.  If phrase is fiction they touch their toes and say the word fiction.  If nonfiction, they stand up and point to the sky and say the word nonfiction. (e.g.  "bears talking" = fiction; "bears eating meat" = nonfiction, etc.)
Real vs. Make-believe online game


What is a Book Fair?

Students will learn about the upcoming bookfair including rules/procedures for it.  They will also participate in activities related to the Scholastic Book Fair theme including watching the K-2 video for the fair and reading about the books that are coming on the promotional flyer.

October Read-alouds

 Folk Tales in three's such as Three Little Pigs, 3 Billy Goats, The Three Bears and Online Story;, The Three WishesThe Three Little Pigs and Online Story; The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Online Story
The Three Silly Girls Grubb, Little Red Hen, Little Red Riding Hood,

October Resources

 Felt board and flannel stories
More online stories: The Three Bears and Online Story; The Three Little Pigs and Online Story; The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Online Story
The Three Silly Girls Grubb;  Little Red Hen Story Narrated in two dialects; Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard; Scholastic Book Fair Toolkit


Book Fair Continues


Narrative Story elements - Characters, Setting, Plot (problem/solution), Author's purpose

Students help the librarian construct graphic organizers to discuss narrative story elements from selected stories.  This strategy will be ongoing to reinforce student learning.


What is a folk tale?

Students are introduced to the concept of folk tales. Students will compare and contrast the folk tales they have been exposed to thus far. Students will then learn about the characteristics of folk tales in general.

November Read-Alouds

Continue "Stories in Three's" as needed and then move into Character Building Titles such as: Chrysanthemum, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Wemberly Worried , and Owen by Kevin Henkes , Verdi by Jannell Cannon, Little Engine that Could

November Resources

Activities to go with Henkes' books, Author Study of Kevin Henkes, Mouse Facts

Smartboard, Inspiration or Kidspiration software


Fiction/Nonfiction Inquiry

Students will explore Arctic and Antarctic animals, geography, and other characteristics.  They will apply concepts learned this first semester to gain information about these 2 regions of the world and their inhabitants. They will be introduced to the concept of "culture"

December Read-alouds

Antartica by Cowley, books about penguins, polar bears, reindeer, and the people/legends of the far north, The Three Polar Bears by Jan Brett, The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

December Resources

Penguin Families, Penguin Facts, Jan Brett's website, Polar Ideas, Arctic Connections, KET Encyclomedia


Alphabetical Order

Students will understand that E books are shelved alphabetically by the author's last name.  Knowing this can help you find a book you want to read.   Students will be introduced to alphabetical order practice using the Smartboard and a manipulative game called Sticks and Stones (just the stones for now)
ABC train, ABC order, Bear Train , Sticks and Stones is available from Upstart (a Highsmith library company)


Easy Fiction Shelf Order

Spine Labels - A book's address - Locating books on the shelves in the E section

Students will: listen attentively and respond to a story. State in their own words how fiction picture books are arranged on the library shelves. Find the easy fiction shelf that is labeled with the letter that is the same as the first letter in their last name.

Students will be given a paper plate with a letter on the alphabet written on it.  Their challenge will be to line up in the correct order. This activity will be repeated over the course of many library sessions and get progressively harder (leave out some letters, etc.) until students have lots of practice with ABC order. 

Optional challenge - Line up by their own last name in alphabetical order (first letter only). Support files


Shelf Markers and Checking out from a Cart

Students will be introduced to the use of shelf markers.  Students will practice this strategy using ordered books on a cart to get them ready at a later date to move to shelves once the skill is mastered.  Students will review checkout procedure and check out books selected from a cart  using their shelf markers.


What is imagination?

Students discuss the meaning of the word imagination.  Students listen to Where theWild Things Are in which the main character uses his imagination.  Students participate in discussion of how the Max used his imagination.  Connect to other texts in which characters use their imagination (e.g. Jimmy Zangwow's Moonpie Adventure or Patrick's Dinosaurs).  Wild Thing Lesson Plan

January Read-alouds

Favorite children's books such as:  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak; Wild Thing Lesson Plan; Little Critter series  by Mercer Mayer; Clifford Interactive Story Books, Berenstain Bears; Rainbow Fish, 

January Resources

ABC train, ABC order, Bear Train , Sticks and Stones is available from Upstart (a Highsmith library company), Wild Thing Lesson Plan; Clifford Interactive Story Books,


What are fairy tales? 

Students will listen to, view, and respond to a variety of fairy tales from across different cultures.


Compare/Contrast Fairy Tales Read

Chart information about the different fairy tales read in a comparison chart.  Include both words and pictures in the chart to represent ideas.

February Read-alouds

Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast by Jan Brett, Rumplestiltskin and Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky, Snow White

February Resources

Fairy Tales Emints,  maps/globes, chartpaper to create a library map, copies of the library map, online maps and encyclopedia, Smartboard to view online versions
(for my own info http://www.bobhuang.com/essays/essay22.htm )
Real Princess (Princess and the Pea), Grimm Fairy Tales, Rumplestiltskin
Dixie Elementary Library plans on fairytales


An introduction to library arrangement

Students will learn the basics of library arrangement and the location of the following types of materials: easy books,  elementary non-fiction,  chapter books, and computers. They will review the characteristics and differences between fiction and nonfiction.


Geographic References

What is a map? How could we draw a simple map of the library - have the students help me do this.
Where in the world are we?   What is a globe?  How are they useful? 
What do the colors mean?  View KET encyclomedia introduction to maps/globes.


Book Fair

Students will participate in activities corresponding to the book fair theme.

March Read-alouds

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss - Nancy Polette Guide
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
Oh the Thinks you Can Think
Mr. Brown Can Moo - Can You?  all by Seuss

March Resources

 Dr. Seuss Author Study; Seussville; Dr. Seuss Activities, RIF Read along Stories; original Seuss play, Seussical songs on CD to sing along,  Karaoke lyrics


Fiction/Nonfiction Inquiry

After reading Horton hatches the egg, classify it as fiction or nonfiction and justify.  What kinds of animals lay eggs?  What kinds of animals don't.  Research nonfiction books, online sources (e.g. KYVL) to learn about eggs of all kinds.  Consult maps when appropriate to learn about the geography of animals (be sure to learn about platypus from Australia)


What is a Poem?

Students will see and hear a variety of poems with a focus on "sound poems" (poems with a lot of onomatopoeia), rhyming poems, and shape poems.  Students will be invited to write/speak a poem of their own.

April Read-alouds

Chickens aren't the only ones; Poetry books, shape poems, sound poems, rhyming poems

April Resources

 BBC Poem Pack Activities, rhyming activities and games
Dr. Jean Poetry ideas


Reading promotions and finish anything we didn't get to. Alternate activities:  Fiction/Nonfiction Inquiry; new books and series (e.g.Biscuit, Read it Readers, Little Critter)

Combined Syllabus

Contact information: Jennifer Francis, Library Media Specialist
 Bowen Elementary School

5099 Campton Rd.
Stanton, KY 40380
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