• Springfield Public Schools Library Media Curriculum Guide, Grades K-5

    Course Description

    The Springfield Public Schools Library Media Curriculum Guide is organized into five domains: Introduction to the Library and it’s Resources;  Literature Appreciation; Research and Presentation Skills; Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy, and Innovation and Design. These domains support grade level standards and content-area instruction.

    Rationale

    The library media center is a place where students learn and use a variety of resources. The Library Media Specialist (LMS) will shape the student’s concept of how to find information by teaching them to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge. The LMS, along with the students, will utilize information to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. Students will share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of society. In addition, students will pursue personal and aesthetic growth through experiencing a variety of genres and award-winning literature.

     

    Standards Alignment:

    Missouri State Standards for English Language Arts https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/curriculum/library-media-centers

    ISTE  https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students

    AASL http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/learning

     

    Course Goals and Objectives
    • Students will construct new knowledge by accessing prior knowledge to develop focus questions and keywords and to locate, evaluate and record information from sources.
    • Students will evaluate research strategies and modify as necessary.
    • Students will present information and evaluate the final product.
    • Students will demonstrate academic honesty, digital citizenship, and internet safety.
    • Students will evaluate and select books from various genres for both personal and academic purposes.
    • Students will participate in the engineering design process through problem solving and innovation.

     

    Enduring Understandings
    • Students will understand that a variety of skills and strategies facilitate research.
    • Students will understand that ongoing assessment improves research, information skills and strategies.
    • Students will understand that there are a variety of ways to locate and share information.
    • Students will understand that reading enhances life experiences.
    • Students will understand that, with resilience, effective problem solving can lead to useful or imaginative solutions.


    Organization of Teaching & Learning

    The library curriculum is organized in five domains:  Introducing the Library and its Resources; Research and Presentation Skills; Literature Appreciation; Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy, and Innovation and Design.  Introducing the Library and its Resources is intended to begin the school year. The remaining four Domains of Instruction (Research and Presentation Skills; Literature Appreciation; Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy, and Innovation and Design)  are not sequential and may be taught at any time. Collaboration with classroom teachers and units of study is highly encouraged so library skills are taught at the point of need whenever possible and not in isolation.

    Content of Library Studies by Grade Level


    Kindergarten

    In Kindergarten,the students are introduced to the organization and procedures of the library. Technology is integrated into instruction when appropriate. The foundation is laid for developing research skills and appreciating literature.

     

    Essential Questions

    What skills will help me find answers to my questions?

    Why do we need libraries?

    What would life be like without libraries?

    How does literature help us to better understand ourselves and the world?

    What is a question?

    Essential Vocabulary

    ABC order, borrow, check-out, check-in, cooperation, fairy tales, fantasy, fiction, identify, information, locate, nonfiction, question words (who, what, where, when, why), realistic fiction, shelf marker, Building Blocks Award,  Show Me Award, Geisel (Dr. Seuss) Award

    Domains of Instruction

    Introduction to the Library and it’s  Resources - K

     

    This unit introduces the concepts of how a library operates, and how students access library materials.

    Research and Presentation Skills - K

    With assistance, students will identify topics of interest, recognize that questions are a form of communicating an information need, and gather information from various resources to construct new knowledge. Students will recognize the concept of research. Students will recognize, with assistance, that some sources better meet a determined information need.  They will acknowledge the source(s) of their information in a simple way -- "I used ... a book, an encyclopedia, the computer .... " Students will appropriately share information.

    Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy - K

    In this unit, students will learn that computers can help us find important information. They will discover that computers can help us practice new skills, and they can assist us in the way we show what we know. They will practice basic computer skills and internet safety.  They will develop an awareness of media literacy by identifying different forms of media and identifying techniques used in media.

     Literature Appreciation - K

     Students will learn to select books based on enjoyment and readability. They will listen to books representing various genres, including state/national award-winners. They will develop the skills to make connections from the texts to themselves, other texts and the world.

    Innovation and Design - K

    Students will be introduced to a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.  They will participate in a deliberate design process experience with scaffolding (generate ideas, test theories, create innovative artifacts, and solve authentic problems).


    Grade 1

    In first grade the students learn more about the sections of the library.  They are introduced to basic research skills. They begin to learn how to select appropriate resources.  Students are introduced to nonfiction text features and other organizational tools. The integration of technology continues.  Students build on their knowledge of reading strategies as they participate in the state Show Me Readers Award program.

     

    Essential Questions

     

    What skills and strategies can be used while researching a topic?

    Why is it important to continuously assess the research process?

    How does the audience determine the method of presentation?

    Why are libraries necessary and what would life be like without libraries?

    How does literature help us to better understand ourselves and the world?

     

    Essential Vocabulary

    genre, historical fiction, biography, Show Me Readers award, Caldecott award, author, illustrator, research, connections

     

    Domains of Instruction

    Introduction to the Library and it’s  Resources - 1st Grade

     

    Students review and deepen their understanding of how a library operates and how students access library materials.



    Research and Presentation Skills - 1st Grade

     

    With assistance students will identify topics of interest, develop questions, use resources to locate information, record information, and construct new knowledge. Students' research will reflect the audience and purpose. Students will learn to evaluate the relevance of their sources with teacher assistance. With assistance, students will understand academic honesty as it applies to the research process. Students will cite their sources by title and medium of publication (ie, Print, Digital file, or Web). Students will appropriately share information.

     

    Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy- 1st Grade

     

    In this unit, students will begin to evaluate information that they find online. They will also develop an awareness of intellectual property. The will learn about good citizenship on the internet. They will identify how to become safe internet users. Students will become more proficient users of technology, using different tools incorporating technology.

     

    Literature Appreciation - 1st Grade

     

    Students will learn to select books based on enjoyment and readability. They will read books representing various genres along with state/national awards. They will develop the skills to make connections from the texts to themselves, other texts and the world.

     

    Innovation and Design - 1st Grade

    Students will be introduced to a wider variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.  They will participate in a deliberate design process experience with scaffolding (generate ideas, test theories, create innovative artifacts, and solve authentic problems).

     


    Grade 2

    In second grade, students expand their knowledge of research skills. They become more capable of selecting resources to answer their questions. They become more independent in their use of organizational tools. Students learn to independently locate materials in the library and to use technology to locate information. They recognize messages conveyed through various media. Students are introduced to concepts of internet safety. They continue to participate in the Show Me Readers Award program.

     

    Essential Questions

     

    What skills and strategies can be used while researching a topic?

    Why is it important to continuously assess the research process?

    How does the audience determine the method of presentation?

    How can I utilize library resources to meet my information needs?

    How do libraries benefit everyone?

    How does literature help us to better understand ourselves and the world?

     

    Essential Vocabulary

     

    folktales, tall tales, poetry, search engine, web address (URL), dictionary, online catalog (OPAC), copyright date, glossary, index, bias, viewpoint, research process

     

    Domains of Instruction

    Introduction to the Library and it’s  Resources - 2nd Grade

     

    Students review and deepen their understanding of how a library operates and how students access library materials.  Students will utilize the Online Catalog (OPAC) to locate resources and manage their library account.

    Research and Presentation Skills - 2nd Grade

     

    With assistance students will choose a research topic, develop questions, use resources to locate information, record information, and construct new knowledge. Students' research will reflect the audience and purpose. Students will learn to evaluate the relevance of their sources with teacher assistance. With assistance, students will understand academic honesty as it applies to the research process. Students will appropriately share information.

     

    Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy- 2nd Grade

     

    In this unit, students will be evaluating websites for accuracy and validity. They will also practice the ethical use of technology by applying copyright guidelines. They will identify how to become good citizens on the Internet and safe Internet users. Students will become more proficient users of technology, and use different tools incorporating technology.

     

    Literature Appreciation - 2nd Grade

     

    Students will learn to select books based on enjoyment and readability. They will read books representing various genres and books that have won state/national awards. They will develop the skills to make connections from the texts to themselves, other texts and the world.

     

    Innovation and Design - 2nd Grade

     

    Students will use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.  They will participate in a deliberate design process experience with scaffolding (generate ideas, test theories, create innovative artifacts, and solve authentic problems).  They will begin to exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.


    Grade 3

    In third grade, students become increasingly independent in locating and selecting resources. They learn to recognize point of view. They are introduced to the concepts of academic honesty. They expand on their knowledge of internet safety. In order to increase their appreciation of literature, they are encouraged to participate in the Show Me Readers Award program.

     

    Essential Questions

    What skills and strategies can be used while researching a topic?

    Why is it important to continuously assess the research process?

    How does the audience determine the method of presentation?

    Why are libraries necessary and what would life be like without libraries?

    How does literature help us to better understand ourselves and the world?

     

    Essential Vocabulary

    mystery, science fiction, short stories, Coretta Scott King Award, database, keywords, encyclopedia, ethical, evaluate, Dewey Decimal system, cyber-bullying, paraphrase, summarize, contradict, search engine




    Domains of Instruction

    Introduction to the Library and it’s  Resources - 3rd Grade

    This unit builds on students' knowledge of how a library is organized and how it is used, introducing more advanced concepts. It reviews appropriate library behavior and library procedures.

     

    Research and Presentation Skills - 3rd Grade

    Students will learn key skills enabling them to find and evaluate information for their research needs and provide a foundation for independent research throughout their lives. Students will learn how to locate information in the library catalog and databases, select from a variety of sources, and evaluate the information they find.  

     

    Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy- 3rd Grade

    Students will deepen their knowledge of the appropriate use of the Internet and online resources. They will practice their computer skills with software programs and online applications.

     

    Literature Appreciation - 3rd Grade

    Students will select books based on enjoyment and readability. They will listen to books

    representing various genres along with state/national awards. They will develop the skills to

    make connections from the texts to themselves, other texts and the world.

     

    Innovation and Design - 3rd Grade

    Students will select and use digital tools and technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.  They will participate in a deliberate design process experience (generate ideas, test theories, create innovative artifacts, and solve authentic problems). They will to exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.  


    Grade 4

    The students are introduced to the navigational features of print and digital sources. They build on their previous knowledge of the research process. They begin to analyze the relevance of information to a topic. Students will use technology tools to share the results of their research. They are introduced to and encouraged to participate in the Mark Twain Reader’s Award Program.  

     

    Essential Questions

    What skills and strategies can be used while researching a topic?

    Why is it important to continuously assess the research process?

    How does the audience determine the method of presentation?

    Why are libraries necessary and what would life be like without libraries?

    How does literature help us to better understand ourselves and the world?

     

    Essential Vocabulary

    fables, mythology, legends, Mark Twain Readers Award, primary and secondary source, almanac, atlas, website evaluation, sources, reliability

     

    Domains of Instruction

    Introduction to the Library and it’s  Resources - 4th Grade

    This unit builds on students' knowledge of how a library is organized and how it is used, introducing more advanced concepts. It reviews appropriate library behavior and library procedures.

     

    Research and Presentation Skills - 4th Grade

    Students will choose a research topic, form questions, and use resources to locate information. With assistance students will evaluate information sources, record information, and construct new knowledge. Students' research will reflect the audience and purpose. Through this process, students will revise, clarify, and modify their search strategies and focus questions. Students will learn to evaluate the quality of their work with teacher assistance. Students will understand academic honesty as it applies to the research process. Students will appropriately share information for an intended audience.

     

    Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy- 4th Grade

    In this unit, students will be evaluating websites for accuracy and validity. They will also become ethical users of technology, applying copyright guidelines, and practicing good citizenship on the internet. They will identify how to become safe internet users. Students will learn to become better at searching for information online. They will become more proficient users of technology, using different tools incorporating technology into their learning of other curricular areas.

     

    Literature Appreciation - 4th Grade

    Students will select books based on enjoyment and readability. They will continue their study of various genres. They will be introduced to the books nominated for grade-level appropriate state awards.

     

    Innovation and Design - 4th Grade

    Students will select and use digital tools and technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.  They will participate in a deliberate design process experience (generate ideas, test theories, create innovative artifacts, and solve authentic problems). They will to exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.  




    Grade 5

    In fifth grade, students build on their previous knowledge and experience in order to become critical thinkers and users of information. They are introduced to additional strategies to avoid cyber-bullying. They continue to use technology locate, organize and share information and ideas.  They are encouraged to participate in the Mark Twain Reader’s Award Program.

     

    Essential Questions

    What skills and strategies can be used while researching a topic?

    Why is it important to continuously assess the research process?

    How does the audience determine the method of presentation?

    Why are libraries necessary and what would life be like without libraries?

    How does literature help us to better understand ourselves and the world?

     

    Essential Vocabulary

    plagiarism, copyright, downloading, revise, assess

     

    Domains of Instruction

    Introduction to the Library and it’s  Resources - 5th Grade

    This unit builds on students' knowledge of how a library is organized and how it is used, introducing more advanced concepts. It reviews appropriate library behavior and library procedures.

     

    Research and Presentation Skills - 5th Grade

    Students will choose a research topic, form questions, use resources, evaluate information sources, locate and record information, and construct new knowledge. Students' research will reflect the audience and purpose. Through this process, students will revise, clarify, and modify their search strategies and focus questions. Students will learn to evaluate the quality of their work. Students will understand academic honesty as it applies to the research process. Students will appropriately share information for an intended audience.

     

    Technology, Digital, and Media Literacy- 5th Grade

    In this unit, students will learn additional techniques for evaluating websites. They will continue to practice the ethical use of technology by applying copyright guidelines. They will identify how to become safe internet users. They will become better at searching online resources. They will be proficient users of technology, using different tools incorporating technology into their learning of other curricular areas. They will become familiar with the concept of bookmarking and will understand how learning in a collaborative setting, either in person or online, can improve their learning.

     

    Literature Appreciation - 5th Grade

    Students will select books based on enjoyment and readability. They will continue their study of various genres. They will be introduced to the books nominated for grade-level appropriate state awards.

     

    Innovation and Design - 5th Grade

    Students will select and use digital tools and technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.  They will participate in a deliberate design process experience (generate ideas, test theories, create innovative artifacts, and solve authentic problems). They will to exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.  



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