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First Grade Library Lesson Plans

1st Grade Library Lesson Plans

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


Lessons for August will be ongoing with continuous modeling and practice

Review - What is the Library and what are the rules/procedures?

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 BEST" 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 seat to aid librarian in identifying students who are both present and absent (for safety and record-keeping purposes).   Transition and modeling strategies will be used.   Students will also learn a quiet/attention strategy, raise hand to speak, hand signal for bathroom emergency.


Review - How do we care for and check out books?

Students review knowledge of how to handle a book properly.  Book handling will be modeled for them. Students will practice with paperback books and book buddies. 

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.  Animals should definitely not borrow library books.  "The Incredibly Fantastic Story" by Carl Dellutri


Review - 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.


How to Choose a Book

Model for students how to choose a book that interests them and that they will be able to read successfully using the BLIPA criteria and Five Finger Test.  At this time also discuss Accelerated Reader recognition and STAR test level labels on library books.

The Five Finger Test  BLIPA-Choosing a Good Book to Read  Pick and Choose


Possible Books/Stories Include:

 Book Buddy Magic ppt. , How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, Shelf Elf or Marion series from Highsmith Library Supply, Click, Clack Moo and Dooby Dooby Moo by Loreen Leedy


Library songs ;
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long with Extensions from Suzyred;
Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin and the sequels,with support materials from Nancy Polette Literature Guide; Cornerstones Literacy; and Printables


Review- Parts of a Book

Play Simon Says to review parts of a book and use ideas from Hooked on Library Skills, p. 35, and pp.22-23


Alphabetical Order and Laptop Care/Use

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 laptops (alternatively if we are running behind in our syllabus, I may ask the computer lab assistant to have the students do this during their computer special).  If this is their first experience with laptops, students will learn the expectations and procedures for their use.  Students will be assigned a laptop partner and laptop number they will use the remainder of the year.
ABC train, ABC order, Bear Train


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. Have student with a last name that starts with W find the book that will be used in the shared reading (Give student an index card with the author and name of book). Have a shared reading of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.  (I will use this strategy from here on to help students practice locating books - a different pair of kids will do this each storytime to find out read-aloud in the E section).  Line up in alphabetical order. Support files


Meeting Everybody in the Neighborhood: Helping Students Locate Picture Books

This lesson will provide students with a learning aid in order to help them locate picture books independently. With the use of small student created books, students will be able to find their own picture books in the picture book area of the library (sometimes called the "Everybody Neighborhood") by referring to their call number.  The student books will contain pictures of favorite book characters (e.g. Clifford) and the students will note the call number under the character's picture.  These books will be stored in a basket in the library so students can use them to look up their favorite books' call numbers and thereby learn to locate them independently.

Possible September Read-alouds to select from

Classic children's books to build children's awareness of favorites and their associated authors. Shrek and Sylvester and Magic Pebble, by William Steig; Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel; Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans; Little Bear by Maurice Sendak; Kevin Henkes - Owen, Chrysanthemum, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Wemberly Worried; Little Critter by Mercer Mayer; Curious George by H. A Rey; Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, Berenstain Bears

September Resources

Alphabetical order hotlist; Hooked on Library Skills; Smartboard and laptops,
Shrek Trivia


Review - Fiction/Nonfiction

Play the fiction/nonfiction game learned in K to review the difference between fiction and nonfiction.


Fire Fighters

October is fire safety month. Students will use nonfiction resources in the library media center to research fire fighters and the tools they use to fight fires (in age appropriate ways - looking at pictures in nonfiction books, looking at websites on the Smartboard, viewing a video, etc.). Students share information collected on a language experience chart. Through the sharing of experiences with the teacher and rest of the class, students increase their confidence and understanding of the value of research skills and achieve satisfaction in their research accomplishments. As a follow-up, students may draw a scene in which their fire fighter will be working, then cut and paste or draw fire fighter figures and tools into their scene.


Wolves, Fact or Fiction (adapted from Autumn Leaves)

The student will: -listen and respond to appropriate literature -define 'fact' as information that is true -give a fact about wolves.  Students will listen to a fiction story about wolves and classify information from the book as based on fact or purely fiction.  Students will be introduced to the nonfiction section of the library and encyclopedias as places to go for factual information about wolves.  Students will listen to nonfiction selections about wolves and add facts to the chart we created.


An introduction to library arrangement

Students will learn the basics of library arrangement and the location of the following types of materials: easy books, chapter books, elementary non-fiction, biographies (may wait on this until later), encyclopedias/reference, and computers. They will review the characteristics and differences between fiction and nonfiction.

October Read-Alouds

Titles on fire safety and firefighters,  Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas, Clay Boy by Mirra Ginsburg, age-appropriate stories that are slightly scary and funny (e.g. Uh-oh, said the Crow), selections from Book Fair

October Resources

Wolf Facts, Smartboard or Chart stand, graphic organizers


 Author, Illustrator (illustrations), publisher, copyright date


Caldecott Award


Different Media for Illustration


Caldecott Medal books


ALA Caldecott website, Hooked on Library Skills - pp. 44-49, 86-97


Author Study:  Jan Brett

Students will explore a variety of fiction and nonfiction resources related to Jan Brett.


Books by Jan Brett:  Hedgie's Surprise,Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve, Trouble with Trolls, Christmas Trolls, Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat;  Entry in the author encyclopedia in our reference section, Jan Brett's website


Author Encyclopedia, KYVL, Jan Brett's website, Jan Brett powerpoint Jan Brett website, Lesson Plan for Hedgie's Surprise, Jan Brett Author Study

Animals in Winter: Stranger in the Woods

This lesson is designed for 1st or 2nd grade and includes motivational activities to teach students about animals that live in the woods in the winter. The lesson includes a read aloud of STRANGER IN THE WOODS by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, animal research, creative writing, singing, drawing or painting, and possibly snow sculpturing.


Creating a Poster to Share Information

Students will create a poster to share information learned from their inquiry.

January Read-alouds

Stranger in the Woods by Car R. Sams II, Let's Read and Find Out Science Series, books on hibernation and migration, etc.

January Resources

Nonfiction Craft Lessons by Ralph Fletcher, Summarization in Any Subject, Reading in the Content Areas, Kidspiration/Inspiration, poster making materials


Geographical Resources

Explore maps and globes and how to read them.



What is a biography?  Where are they located in the library?  Select a famous person to research together and collect information about and share that info in a brief presentation with an effective poster.

February Read-alouds

As the Crow Flies, Mapping Penny, and other books about maps

Time for Kids Biographies

February Resources

KYVL, KET Encyclomedia, manipulative maps and globes, Biography Channel for KidsWebsite


Inquiry - Africa

Students will explore a variety of fiction and nonfiction related to Africa


Anansi and the Magic Stick

Introduce African folktales and introduce or expand the students' knowledge of locating and accessing the dictionary, the atlas, and folktales in the library. Students will participate in a fun activity with a shared read aloud of ANANSI AND THE MAGIC STICK by Eric Kimmel. The students will respond and interact with creative writing, illustrating, and speaking activities.


Spring Book Fair

March Read-alouds

Honey, Honey, Lion by Jan Brett; Anansi the Spider series (Moss Covered Rock is really good - kids love to dramatize it);  Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe; Jambo Means Hello in Swahili,

March Resources

KYVL, KET Encyclomedia, fiction and nonfiction related to Africa
An African Safari, Mural;
 and , Activities , Mural by Jan Brett, Author Study, Aardvark Research




Inquiry - Do butterflies have noses? OR Frog and Toad research

This lesson adds content knowledge about butterflies and helps students to understand the scientific process as one of formulating questions and seeking answers. The information literacy component gives special attention to formulating questions, learning how to use the library’s online card catalog, and finding answers to questions in the pages of nonfiction books. May want to also refer to Butterflies Around the World: An introduction to research  

Alternate Plan - Frogs and Toads Cyberguide
       Frogs and Toads Information; Frog and Toad series

April Read-alouds

poetry books, fiction and nonfiction related to butterflies or Frogs and Toads

April Resources

Smartboard or projector, Summarization in any subject, Reading in the Content Areas, Inspiration/Kidspiration


Reading promotions and finish anything we didn't get to. Alternate activities:  Fiction/Nonfiction Inquiry; new books and series.

Kindergarten     1st grade      2nd grade    3rd grade    4th grade    5th grade

Combined Syllabus

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

5099 Campton Rd.
Stanton, KY 40380

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