My students need blocks to learn how to find library resources independently. These will make exploring every area of the library more exciting and engaging!
I am an elementary school librarian. I have the privilege of teaching all kindergarten through fifth grade students how to use the library. My students are strong, persistent, and full of hope. They come from poverty and face hardships that many of us couldn’t imagine. In addition to academics, we have focused on teaching fundamental social skills for the past few years. Students are learning to work together and look out for each other. Our students respond well to hands-on, engaging activities.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I’ll remember, involve me and I learn.”- Benjamin Franklin
These blocks will be used to teach students to find resources in our elementary school library. First, working in groups of four, students will use the small block sets. Each block will have something in the library the students need to find. Our youngest students will start out with a single letter on each block. They will go to the front facing early readers shelves and find a book that starts with the letter on the block. As our library patrons grow, the blocks will have more complex tasks for them to complete. Examples include finding a Harriet Tubman biography, a fiction book by Roald Dahl, the call number for “Knuffle Bunny,” and a folktale. The possibilities are endless with the wet erase chalk markers!
Students will have fun working together as they learn where to find books in the library!
Everyone will have a role including architect, researcher, investigator, and cheerleader. The architect pulls a block from the tower, the researcher uses the online catalog to find the book, the investigator brings the book back to the group, while the cheerleader encourages and praises everyone’s efforts. Students will rotate roles so that everyone has a chance to do each. Roles will be modified for each grade level.
Once students have demonstrated their ability to find books in the library, they can take on the challenge of Giant Jenga! Rounds of Giant Jenga will give students more opportunities to work together and stay engaged! Classes come to our library each week to check out books. Students rotate at stations as they wait their turn to look for books. I know Giant Jenga will become an instant hit with our elementary age students!
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