The NHUF Library is an inviting place where students, staff, and parents feel welcome. The environment is child-centered, friendly, and all patrons are treated with courtesy and respect. The ultimate goal is to help students become independent users of information, with the encouragement to become lifelong learners.
Students are taught the library skills outlined in the Boyertown Area School District curriculum. A variety of lessons are used to address different learning styles. The librarian collaborates with classroom teachers on research projects. The social studies and library curriculums are integrated in grades one through six.
The library curriculum is based on Standards for the 21st Century Learner, developed by AASL (American Association of School Librarians, 2007). Learners use skills, resources, and tools to:
· Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge
· Draw conclusions, make informed decisions
· Apply knowledge to new situations
· Create new knowledge
Highlights for Each Grade Level
Students have class for 30 minutes each week. The year begins with library orientation. Students sit in the story pit and listen to a read aloud. We talk about authors, illustrators, spine labels, parts of the book. Students use shelf markers, and learn the difference between fiction and nonfiction. We focus on the book characters in the library – Mr. Wiggle, the Shelf Elf, etc. We compare shelving books to delivering mail – each book has an address on the shelf. Students may check out two books each week.
Students have class for 40 minutes. We review kindergarten skills, with more emphasis on the author and illustrator – we discuss in more detail. Stories get more indepth with characters, setting, and plot. Students learn nonfiction conventions: table of contents, glossary, and index. They may check out four books each week from grade 1 through grade 6. A research project on countries takes place in the last marking period.
Students have class for 40 minutes. We extend knowledge from first grade. We focus on four types of books in the Everybody section: Everybody picture books, Everybody Chapter books, Everybody nonfiction books, and Everybody biographies. Reference books are introduced – encyclopedia, atlas, and dictionary. Research projects on communities, great Americans, and transportation are planned for the first, second, and fourth marking periods.
Students have class for 40 minutes. The third graders learn the “Five Finger Test”, and begin to use the “Older Kids” or “Big Kids” side of the library. They create library maps, learn call numbers for the eight sections, and start using the computers independently. Third graders use dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases. They have an introduction to the Dewey Decimal System. Research on each of the seven continents is ongoing throughout the year.
Students have class for 40 minutes, and begin having a book talk each week. They are excited to take turns checking out magazines.
We reinforce the sections of the library with maps, and learn more elaborate computer searching. Fourth graders increase their use of the Dewey Decimal System. They begin using the Big 6 process for research, and learn to fill out Works Cited forms. Students create a wiki page or PowerPoint on a state during the second half of the year.
Fifth graders have class for 45 minutes each week. Students continue book talks. Library instruction focuses on research- using books, magazines, print encyclopedias, World Book Online, web sites, and POWER Library. Students use Works Cited forms to create a List of Works Cited. Many students participate in the Science Fair. Library research projects include the topics of Native Americans, colonies, and Revolutionary War biographies.
Sixth graders have class for 45 minutes each week.Students continue book talks each week. The library instruction continues to focus on research – with more independent work. Sixth graders may check out books from the Young Adult section. They have the opportunity to join a Reading Olympics team. Research topics this year include Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America.
Book Fair in November – coordinates with parent confereces before Thanksgiving
PA Young Reader’s Choice Award voting in March
Author Day – authors who have visited our school include Bruce Hale, Elvira Woodruff, Dan Gutman, David A. Adler, Margie Palatini, and Nancy Krulik. We have also had a Skype session with Gordon Korman.