My evolving school library serves an eager to learn and an inquisitive student population of almost 700 amazing students from PreK- 5th. We are a Title I school with a 100% free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch population. Our transiency rate is roughly 39.1% which is significantly higher than the district average. Our ELL population is almost 50%. We have Primary and Intermediate Resource and three special education programs-primary autism class, intermediate LIF class, and intermediate SEC (Severe Emotional Challenges), called STAR, classes. Embedded in all learning for our readers is that, above all else, our differences and diversity, who we are and how we learn, is to be celebrated and shared. Students are encouraged to follow their passions, to believe in themselves, to use their strengths, and to look out for each other.
Our library not only emphasizes print and digital skills, but also the 3 Cs of Library - Community, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking skills, which are needed for students to be successful wherever life takes them.
WISER is the guiding acronym in our library instruction. It stands for Wonder, Investigate, Synthesize, Express, and Reevaluate. This acronym guides all our work as these are skills needed to be lifelong learners.
My 3rd Graders will be learning how to locate and use print and digital sources that are accurate, reliable, and relevant to write a report on an animal of their choosing. They will be learning how to read nonfiction text and text features, create graphic organizers, then use those to write their report.
A creative spin will be to also use their research to create a 3D model of their animal, literally bringing a new dimension to their report!
Creating WISER students, who have the stamina and tenacity to locate information and use that information is a major goal of our School Library. Their research projects will be combing reading, writing, digital skills, and art - all life skills.
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