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Third Grade Library Lesson Plans

Aug.     Sept.     Oct.      Nov.     Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.     Apr.      May 
Review - What is the Purpose/Layout of the Library and What are the Rules and 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).   Age-appropriate transition and modeling strategies will be used.   Students will also learn a quiet/attention strategy, raise hand to speak, hand signal for bathroom emergency. 

Orientation - Using a map of the library floor plan, students will review the major sections of the library and what they can find/do there.

What are the responsibilities for book care and checking out books?
Students review knowledge of how to care for a book properly.  Book handling will be modeled for them. Students will practice with books. 
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.  Bookmarks and library cards will be provided to students.
Review and extend to age appropriate behaviors different than those learned in early primary - What are the procedures and expectations for listening during shared reading/presentations?
Students will discuss procedures to be followed when it is time to listen.  Attention getters will also be used.  Students will learn the procedures for listening to read-alouds/presentations.  Students will be assigned a story corner seat for safety/record-keeping.  Students will practice respect for 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.
Possible Books/Stories Include:
 The Talking Eggsby Robert San Souci, Full Belly Bowl by Jim Aylesworth,
August Resources
Library songs; Review the parts of a book;  Parts of a Book Scavenger Hunt
Technology Skills

Laptop care and use, Internet Safety, info vs. ads, confidentiality
E, FIC, and B shelf order
Students will review alphabetical order: Alphabetical order hotlist, Alphabetical Order, ABC assessment
Students will be given a challenge task each library visit this month - first challenge is to work as a table team to organize a set of books in shelf order using their spine labels.  Second challenge is to independently  shelve one of the books in their stack and have the media specialist check it for accuracy. A Book by Me in the Library
Nonfiction Shelf Order
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
Can you Do the Dewey?, KidsClick Dewey Scavenger Hunt, possibly Book Look Scavenger Hunts
September Read Alouds
Selected chapters from Fiction books
September Resources
difference between fiction and non-fiction; Online info with printable bookmarks for each Dewey section; Can you Do the Dewey?; KidsClick Dewey
Continue Dewey as needed
Curiosity is a great motivator. In this lesson, students are handed plastic eggs with a question in it. Seeing the plastic egg and wondering what is in them immediately attracts student's attention. Their attention is on the lesson so they know what to do with their egg and question. They cannot wait to see what question they have to answer.  Also see Book Look Scavenger Hunts
AR search skills 
Demonstrate and have students practice searching AR for books on their level and then moving to OPAC to get the location of the book.  Show them how to use scrap slips of paper to note the call number and make sure baskets of these slips and golf pencils are out for their use at all times.
Book Fair
October Read-Alouds
Wolves in the Walls, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series
October Resources
Book Look available from Upstart, A Book by Me in the Library (extend to creating a nonfiction book)
Book Fair Chairperson's Toolkit
Book Fair
 Fiction and nonfiction review and research
Students will be engaged with TBD teaser which will inspire them to inquire about inventions and machines.   Students will then narrow a topic and begin to research it.
Chopsticks, Forks, and other Tools for Eating by Lauber, So you Want to Be an Inventor?
KYVL and other resources on inventions and machines, How Things Work, The Way Things Work nonfiction book, Rube Goldberg, collections of objects to examine
Students will learn strategies to avoid plagiarism taking notes on their invention/machine
Synthesizing Research
Students will create a graphic organizer to summarize what they learned about their invention/machine
Fiction and nonfiction selections - consider magazine articles for this month
Note-star, Big6 website, Noodletools, Summarization in any subject,  Nonfiction Craft Lessons, A Treasure Hunt  Reading for Information and Note-taking
Author Focus - Beverly Cleary or E.L. Konigsberg
Students will become familiar with one of America's most beloved children's authors and her books.
Students will become aware of the Newbery Award and be introduced to several books which have one this award or honors for distinguished writing.
January Read-alouds
excerpts from Beverly Cleary books and Newbery winners/honors
January Resources
Dixie Elementary website; ppt. on Beverly Cleary; Digital projector
After using a graphic organizer to collect prior knowledge of what a slave is. Students will listen to and discuss the story of one slave's escape to freedom. This lesson is designed as a springboard to a unit on slavery, the Underground Railroad and the struggle for African American civil rights.
African American Biographies and Geographic References
Students will become familiar with the biography section and research African American biographies.  They will also review and apply use of geographic references for research.
February Read-alouds
Henry's Freedom Box, Biography of Rosa Parks
February Resources
Searching for the Truth, Famous People - Biography, Bio4Kids website, KYVL encyclopedias, biography section of library, Geospy
Mexico Fiction and Nonfiction
Students will learn about the geography and culture of Mexico through folktales, fiction set in Mexico, and through nonfiction research.
March Read-alouds
excerpt from Esperanza Rising, Legend of the Poinsettia, other Mexican folktales
March Resources
KYVL, encyclopedias, dictionaries (including a Spanish dictionary), print and digital media
Devices– rhyme, alliteration
Poetry purposes – descriptive, narrative
South American Rainforest Fiction and Nonfiction
A read-aloud of the book The Umbrella by Jan Brett will be used to engage students in an exploration of South American rainforests.  Students will research about the South American Rainforest through a variety of media including fiction and nonfiction books and digital media including video.
April Read-alouds
The Umbrella by Jan Brett, and resources on the S.A. rain forest and its animals
April Resources
Poetry powerpoint, Note-star, Big6, Noodletools,  Nonfiction Craft Lessons, Summarization in any subject 
Finish S.A. Rainforest research.  Come to closure on the year.
 Possible Review Activities:
Kindergarten     1st grade      2nd grade    3rd grade    4th grade    5th grade
Contact information: Jennifer Francis, Library Media Specialist
 Bowen Elementary School
5099 Campton Rd.
Stanton, KY 40380

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