September 28, 2016
6th Grade — Library & Digital Literacy

The elementary school library provides a rich environment for fostering a love of books and reading. Weekly classes include book talks, read-aloud stories, learning activities, and introductions to authors and various genres. Students learn how to navigate the library’s electronic catalog, access online resources, and find books that suit both their interests and research needs.

The middle school’s 3,850-square-foot library facilities include a library classroom with computers, a quiet reading room, and a large central library space. The library’s mission is to enrich the school’s educational programs, to provide for the interests and needs of students, and to develop and nurture a love of reading.

  • Literature Appreciation:
  • Reading Buddies: Readers Advisory & consultations
  • Edible Books Festival
  • Censorship
  • Research:
  • Online Catalog and call numbers, parts of a book, book, library categories, citations, index and table of contents usage, website parts identification, navigation, and evaluation
  • Research process (building background, developing a research question, identifying keywords for database searches, source identification)
  • Online Searching (developing skills for keyword identification, predictive search strategies, Boolean operators usage), reading search results/reading scholarly articles
  • Resource, evaluation & detecting bias, citations (plagiarism, copyright infringement, ethical use of information)
  • Media Literacy:
  • Google account setup & password development, Overdrive (ebooks), How the Internet Works, Website design (multimedial online tool), Website parts & identification
  • Reading a scholarly article (finding author’s bio, abstract, subject terms), Browser vs. Search Engine, iPad Personal Learning Environment (app organization, basic tools/how to share/save/print, organize, etc.), Coding (basic: Hour of Code participation), various online tools to support research & 21st century literacies
  • Digital Citizenship:
  • Online communication (email etiquette), AUP and Responsible Use
  • Policies, digital footprint, online safety, online health/mental health, online security/safety, digital citizenship responsibilities (to self, family/friends, online community), Cyberbullying (explicit and subtle), using social media, online identity (which me should I be lesson)
  • Approach to Learning:
  • Literature appreciation, Reading Buddy support and tracking, eBook lesson, censorship discussion during Banned Books Week, new book displays & book talks, Edible Books Festival
  • In-class mini-research quests (history of halloween, country research), Science Stretch research questions (collaboration with 6th grade science), countries research (supports World Language and Humanities projects), glog-related online searching (images, video, text) and citations, Google-a-Day challenges; website detectives game
  • Designing mood meter glogs (Aspirational: collaboration with colab simulating how information storage/access works on the web, how a search engine works, how directories work, boolean logic venn diagrams)
  • Digital footprint art, lessons on email etiquette and safety, responsibilities, online relationships and online Identity (generally Common Sense Media lessons)
  • Life Skills covers the RULER curriculum, which has some overlap with digital citizenship.