About a month ago, I wrote a post about my book club fails. I ended this year, however, with my most successful book club yet! I decided to have an all girls book club discuss Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel. This book deals with friendships, family, and relationship themes that connected so well with my fourth and fifth grade girls.
Citations, fair use of materials, plagiarism and copyright are all not to be taken lightly and are important topics every librarian spends time addressing. I spent three weeks covering my standards related to these topics through teaching our Virtual Library Project Help section.
Who doesn't love watching videos online? I don't know how many hours an average kid watches YouTube videos, but I'm sure it's shocking. I know it is in my house. So when I told students we are watching online videos today during information literacy, they were immediately engaged.
Databases are a great resource. But I can't seem to get my students to feel the same way. My last database lesson on World Book kids didn't go so great, so I'm trying again, this time with Ebsco Explora. It's a more complex resource tool to use, but will hopefully help students find more specific answers to questions they have when conducting research through our Virtual Library.
My eBook circulation isn't great. I've heard the same from so many other elementary librarians. Do your elementary students read eBooks? I struggle to create interest in eBooks, but dedicating an occasional class period to remind students of our eBook resources seems to help.
Are newspapers dying? In print form, statistically, yes. But it's more important than ever for our students to read and understand legitimate news sources online. This was not a lesson to determine fake news from valid sources, but navigating through our local paper and being exposed to this type of print media was a good start.
Do your elementary students check out magazines? Magazine circulation fluctuates greatly from class to class. A few teachers (mainly in primary grades) ask that their students not check out magazines. Other times, one student will check out a magazine and share with friends, and then that particular title will become a class favorite.
Not all databases area created equal. And some are much more complex and dry for elementary students than others. However, the basics of understanding this resource will help students greatly in the upper grades and the years following.
Depending on the classroom teacher, students come to me with a varying degree of knowledge related to Canvas and more specifically, our Virtual Library within Canvas. The very bottom link within Virtual Library is the Online Locker. This is where the grade level digital textbooks are house in addition to Lexia and Dreambox programs students use for independent reading and math practice.
The books are not going away, but there is another world of resources available to our students digitally that librarians have an obligation to teach in order to make our students future ready learners.