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Fourth Grade Library Lesson Plans

Aug.     Sept.     Oct.      Nov.     Dec.      Jan.      Feb.      Mar.     Apr.      May 
Review - What is the Purpose and Layout of 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).   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.
Review - 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 - 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.

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.

 Library Maps
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with the layout of the library. Students are told they are explorers and their territory is the library. With an outline map of the library, they use their skills to record the various areas of the library. Relating library skills to classroom lessons is an excellent technique to promote students' interest. Students see a need for the skills and can see the relevance of learning.
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:
excerpts from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
 Call Numbers and Locating Books
Technology Skills
Laptop care and use, Internet Safety: info vs. ads, confidentiality, etc., toggling back and forth between windows, using the task bar to see what programs are already open. Single click vs. double click.
Spine labels and what they mean - finding a book's home, part 1
Review  Alphabetical Order: ABC assessment, Alphabetical order hotlist
Shelving Challenges 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.Also see A Book by Me in the Library
Spine labels and what they mean - finding a book's home, part 2
Students will be given shelving challenges with nonfiction in similar progression as those listed in previous lesson.
September Read Alouds
Excerpts from Encyclopedia Brown series
September Resources
Word sort from Teaching Reading in the Content Areas with sleuth words and possibly with Dewey words/categories
Search Skills, Part 1 - OPAC 
Students will watch OPAC search skills modeled for them.  They then will be given challenges which require them to use the OPAC to search.  Students will also be shown how to login and view the books that they currently have checked out as well as if they have any overdues or lost books. Book Look Scavenger Hunts.  Students will also learn that they can use this tool to search from their classrooms.  If their teacher doesn't have OPAC on their computer desktops, students may simply request that the LMS come and install it for their use.  Students will be encouraged to practice using this feature before returning to the library next week.  Also see Eggs-panding the OPAC
Search Skills, Part 2 - AR database
Students will learn how to sort quizzes by book level, and by points so they can identify books that are in their ZPD.  They will then be shown how to note the books on a piece of paper so they can use OPAC to locate their call number.  Toggling back and forth between windows will be demonstrated again since it is relevant to the task.  Laptops will be used to practice this skill after it is demonstrated on the digital projector.
Book Fair
October Read-Alouds
excerpts from Coraline, Haunted States of America
October Resources
digital projector, OPAC, AR database, laptops, bookfair toolkit
Book Fair
Search Skills - Part 3 Internet Resources: KYVL and Directories
Students will review that the KYVL is a virtual library with databases, including encyclopedias and periodicals that can be searched both at school and at home with a password (which will be provided to them).
Students will also be introduced to the concept of internet directories such as Google Kids and Teens which are different from search engines because humans actually look at the sites and catalog them like a librarian does.  (instead of using a "robot" like a search engine does which sometimes makes drastic mistakes in what the pages are about and cannot make judgements about the quality of the information like a human can). 
Students will be strongly encouraged to use these types of resources instead of falling victim to "Search Engine Mania" a.k.a. "Google-Mania" even in later years and when at home on the internet.  Also see: Searching the Internet
Animal Research  - What’s That?
Students research an animal and its adaptations to survive in its environment.
What do you do with a tail like this? By Steve Jenkins, nonfiction selections about adaptations such as Crabtree books by Bobbie Kalman, great examples of feature articles.
Leaping Lizards, What’s That? (very organized way to approach research!)
Students refine strategies for taking notes for the animal adaptation task which capture essential information without plagiarizing.
Students learn how to use Note-star to take notes from digital and print resources.
Students will use a synthesizing strategy to summarize and organize information collected about their animal. 
Nonfiction Writing
Students will draft a feature article in sections to share information learned.
Great examples of feature articles from magazines
 Note-star, Big6, Noodletools, Summarization in any subject,  Nonfiction Craft Lessons, Summarization in any subject, Adaptations webquest by Jennifer Francis
Technology Skills -
Creating a webposter
Inserting a photo into a document.
Publish a feature article about the animal they researched before Christmas.  Post this article along with a picture of it in the form of a webposter.  Include citations from Notestar 
January Read-alouds
Student created feature articles, great examples of booktalks to get them ready for next month and inspire them to read!
January Resources
Note-star, Big6, Noodletools, Summarization in any subject,  Nonfiction Craft Lessons,
We LOVE books!
This is a month-long project.  Students will be introduced to their task for this month:  Create a powerpoint booktalk like this one - Hoot Booktalk
Session One - introduction to the task, and how to create a powerpoint
Session Two - Good vs. Bad Booktalks - generate criteria for good ones.  Assignment - create a booktalk and turn it in at any time between now and next week!
Session Three - Draft your booktalk in powerpoint (unless you didn't draft one - in that case, you will draft yours and then read a book silently while others work)
Session Four - Add graphics to booktalk
Session Five - peer review and conference on booktalk
Session Six - Add sound to booktalk
Session Seven and Eight - Enjoy watching everyone's booktalks!
February Read-alouds
Model booktalks, students booktalks
February Resources
EKU Library 701 CD-Rom of Electronic booktalks, Nancy Keane website, Nonfiction Craft Lessons, Nonfiction Craft Lessons, Summarization in any subject
Students will become familiar with several types of African American folktales and learn about their history.  They will compare folktales from this culture to other cultures in order to draw conclusions.
Author/Illustrator Study:  Jerry Pinkney
Students will review the concepts of author and illustrator.  They will become familiar with the author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney and his works.  They will review how to search for works by Jerry Pinkney in the online catalog and for information about him on the internet  (using databases and directories only).
March Read-alouds
Uncle Remus Stories by Julius Lester and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; other books/stories written or illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
March Resources
Edsitement lesson plan
Elements of Poetry – rhyme, rhythm,  alliteration, tone/mood
Purposes/types of poems – descriptive, narrative, humorous, express a feeling
Students are introduced to models of different elements of poetry through a powerpoint.  Students are then invited to apply elements of poetry in writing their own poem.  Revised and edited poems will then be final drafted in powerpoint with illustrations for whole class viewing/enjoyment.
Reading Review
Author's Purposes and Interpreting What is Read
April Read-alouds
poetry, excerpts from chapter books, magazine articles
April Resources
Powerpoint, Silverstein website and national poetry month materials
dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac, thesaurus – Scavenger Hunts with these
Review information sources and uses. 
Book Hunt game from Upstart
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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