Library Skills Lesson Plan: Checking Out Books

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.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Explain the purpose of a library
  2. 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


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.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. 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.
  2. Show the Word Wall to help students define important library vocabulary.
  3. 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.
  4. Complete the Sequence Game together as a class to review the steps in checking out a book.
  5. Explain your school library's procedures and expectations and give a tour of the room.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Afterward, use the Talk About It activity to help students synthesize what they learned and prepare to choose their books.
  10. Guide students in selecting and checking out their first library book.

Extension Activity:

You may wish to find a library web quest to help students explore the features of your school library. Once students are familiar with the expectations and ready to conduct research in the library, use resources from the BrainPOP Research topic page to help them.