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Second Grade Library Lesson Plans

2nd Grade Library Lessons

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 library procedures with - Student Drawings of "Do's & Don'ts" and The good library user & the bad library user 


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 books and book buddies. 

Students will review use of shelf markers and check out procedures.  Students will practice these behaviors as they check out books. Flexible checkout rules will be modeled and practiced. 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.


Review- 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


Possible Books/Stories Include:

 Eppossumondas by Colleen Salley, "The Possum Crawls Tonight"song; Great Fuzz Frenzy and Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens, Shelf Elf or Marion series from Highsmith Library Supply, Gilbert Possum series


Library songs, The 'Possum Crawls Tonight song


Organization of the Library Part 1 - E and FIC

(multiple class sessions)
Students will review the main sections of the library and their organization.  Students will be given several challenges.  First alphabetical order review games such as sticks and stones and those found at ____

Next students will be challenged to sequence a stack of books in the correct order at their table. 

Students will then be provided a book and asked to place a shelf marker in the spot that would be that book's home.


Using the OPAC

To effectively find information in a library, students must be able to use an OPAC. In this lesson they are introduced to searching for authors. It could be easily adapted to search a subject or a title.


A Book by Me in the Library

Have your students imagine themselves as authors. Their books are so good that they have copies of them in the school library! In this lesson students will use library and alphabetizing skills to create a pretend book spine of a "book" that they have authored. Using a template page included in this lesson, each student will title their "book" and create the correct call number using the first three letters of their last name. For interest, students may check in the OPAC to see if anyone with their last name has authored a book in the LMC. Then students will locate the exact spot on the shelves where their "book" belongs; sliding it between the correct two books for the LMS to check. As a secondary project, the class "books" could be put in alphabetical order as a wall or bulletin board display.


Organization of the Library - Part 2 - Introduction to Dewey – Where do they live?

This lesson is designed to be used with students who are first being introduced to the Dewey Decimal System of classification for non-fiction books. It should be used after students have an understanding of the difference between fiction and non-fiction
Online info with printable bookmarks for each Dewey section


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

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, nonfiction selections from the folk and ghost story section - relate to Dewey

October Resources

KidsClick.org Dewey Browse; Upstart materials


Book Fair


Animal Fables and Trickster Tales

Students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions and will see how stories change when transferred orally between generations and cultures. They will learn how both types of folktales employ various animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and to pass down wisdom from one generation to the next.


Explain the differences between myths, legends, fairy tales, and fables. Give some examples of each type of story and let students sort them by category


see the lesson plan at http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=240


Story Structure chart modeled after the one at Edsitement and Smartboard


Finding Secret Words

Students love mysteries and enjoy locating clues. However, they dread using the dictionary if it is presented as a tool with lots of complicated rules. This lesson grabs their attention with a search for a 'secret word' and simplifies the use of guide words by applying familiar alphabetizing rules.


Caldecott Award Books

Students will view a powerpoint about the Caldecott Awards and become familiar with several books which have won the award.


Caldecott Award Books


Dixie Elementary School Library Website, ALA Caldecott Website


Mouse and the Motorcycle

Emints Guide



January Read-alouds



January Resources

Nonfiction Craft Lessons by Ralph Fletcher
Alternate plan -
Insect Parts and Pieces
FebruaryGeographic References

Students will review geographic references and apply their use to learn about famous people.


Famous People - Biography

Students will become familiar with the biography section of the library.  They will also become familiar with several famous people in history. This activity may be included in a social studies unit about famous people of the past. The students will choose a topic, do research, take notes, and create a final document including scanned photographs, building confidence in their ability to achieve the learning requirements

February Read-alouds

Snowflake Bentley, Yoko’s Paper Cranes

February Resources

scanner, word software and laptops, Geospy


Spring Book Fair


Jack Tales and Appalachian Heritage

March Read-alouds

Jack and the Beanstalk by Steven Kellogg, Jack Tales from story collection; English, Scotts-Irish, and German folktales,  Appalachian and Kentucky authors - George Ella Lyon, Jesse Stuart, Cynthia Rylant

March Resources

Jesse Stuart Thinkquest - outstanding!

consider ordering:  http://www.literatureplace.com/bookfolios/bookfolio.asp?BookfolioID=86#Read-aloud%20Recommendation:


Poetry and Poets:  George Ella Lyon


April Read-alouds

To be determined...

April Resources

May need to extend Appalachian Unit into April,

National Poetry Month toolkit


Reading Promotions and Finish anything we didn't get to do

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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