Submitted by: Patricia M. Gurule
Grade Levels: K-3
In this library skills lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-3, students use BrainPOP Jr. resources to explore the purpose of a library. Students will then demonstrate how to find a book in the library.
- Explain the purpose of a library
- Demonstrate how to find a book in the library
- Printed set of any activity pages you wish to use
- Computer and interactive white board or projector to access BrainPOP, Jr. resources
library; librarian; genre; fiction; non-fiction; biography; Dewey Decimal System
Preparation:This lesson can be used to introduce summer school students or regular session students to the school library. Preview the movie topics and plan appropriate talking points.
- Brainstorm what students know about libraries. What is the purpose of a library? Use the Talk About It activity to frame the class discussion. Record student responses by typing directly into the page.
- Show the Word Wall to help students define important library vocabulary.
- Project the Library movie for the class, pausing throughout as needed to talk about how the information relates to what students will experience in the school library.
- Complete the Sequence Game together as a class to review the steps in checking out a book.
- Explain your school library's procedures and expectations and give a tour of the room.
- As a closing activity or for homework, have students complete the Activity and create their own bookmarks to use on their next visit to the library when they check out books.
- On students' second visit to the library, review basic information by projecting either the Libraries Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz, and taking it together as a class.
- Tell the class they will learn procedures for book check out. Show the movie Choosing a Book. Pause the movie and clarify any special rules your school library has.
- Afterward, use the Talk About It activity to help students synthesize what they learned and prepare to choose their books.
- Guide students in selecting and checking out their first library book.