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Library - 1st Grade

The mission of the library program is to promote literacy, foster a love of reading, support the school’s curriculum, and create a place where inquisitive young minds feel welcome to explore. First graders have a weekly library class, which includes storytelling, read-aloud, learning activities, and time to choose and borrow books.

Units of Study
  • Review and expand on Kindergarten skills
  • Introduce concept of call number for location of books in the library
  • Introduce organization of fiction books alphabetically by author’s surname
  • Introduce the Dewey Decimal System of library organization
  • Introduce use of online library catalog to select materials
  • Introduce use of table of contents, index, and guide words
  • Introduce different types of reference works (encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary, thesaurus, almanac, online database)
  • Fairytales, Folktales, Trickster tales, Mythology
  • Compare and contrast different versions of the same fairytale or folktale
  • Visual literacy (compare and contrast illustrations, infer facts from photographs)
  • Use eBooks
Approaches to Learning
  • Storytelling
  • Read-Aloud
  • Listening skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Text-to-self, text-to-world, and text-to-text connections
  • Exposure to diverse experiences and perspectives through literature
  • Exposure to different genres of literature
  • Hands-on exploration of the library
  • Hands-on learning activities
  • Guided use of technology to access online resources
  • Author visits