The goals of the library media specialist are to develop in students the ability to access, understand, and use library resources and to appreciate literature in various forms. Many New York State Standards for English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math, Science, and Technology are incorporated into the curriculum. Bayport-Blue Point school district elementary library media specialists collaborated on and wrote a curriculum to ensure uniform learning among students when they get to the middle school. On each grade level students locate and use materials, select, evaluate, and interpret information, record, organize, and present information, and appreciate and enjoy literature.
Kindergarten students become familiar with the library media center, its staff, and procedures. They learn about terms such as author, title, and illustrator by listening to stories, nursery and counting rhymes, finger plays, and poetry. Throughout the year, students sort thematic books into fiction and nonfiction titles. After learning how to care for books, they circulate one book per week.
First grade students enjoy many more fiction and nonfiction books through sharing and selection. Character, setting, and plot are explored and discussed. The unit on fractured fairy tales reinforces these concepts. Students are taught how to choose books appropriate to their reading level, personal interest, and preference.
Second grade students help classmates follow procedures and locate materials. They locate fiction books by the author's last name and scan the nonfiction shelves for find a book on a particular subject. They begin to use information search strategies for assignments. Second graders understand the Caldecott Medal and demonstrate an awareness of differing styles of illustrators. Students are introduced to trickster tales and mystery and adventure stories.
Third grade students understand the purpose of the OPAC (online public access catalog), call numbers, and reference books. They use print resources and the virtual reference collection when they study folktales around the world. They read and share favorite fiction and nonfiction books. Biographies, story collections, and chapter books are introduced.
Fourth grade students expand their knowledge of the OPAC by searching for books and locating them on the shelves. They are encouraged to become more critical and objective in their evaluation of sources based on currency, accuracy, readability, and organization. Tall tales, mythology, historical fiction, and science fiction expand their knowledge of literary genres. Students evaluate websites through guided practice.
Fifth grade students study Newbery Award-winning books throughout the year. They read authors who help them develop comprehension and get ready for middle school. They are introduced to bibliography formats for books, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and websites with particular attention to internet safety which is reinforced in middle school.
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School Library System - Virtual Reference Collection
Area subscribers are now being offered direct access to databases that have been selected as being appropriate for K-12 students. Grouped according to school level, these packages have been assembled in an effort to further enable independent research and foster higher level thinking skills.
To access these databases, direct your browser to our Virtual Reference Collection. The VRC contains databases that are safe for student use, which the children become familiar with during their time in library. When you open one of the databases, you will be asked for a user name and password.
To get the user name and password for this collection of databases, contact Mrs. McNaughton at 472-6100 ext 2090.