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Library - 5th Grade

The library program fosters a love of reading, supports the school’s curriculum, and promotes curiosity and critical thinking.  Fifth graders have a weekly library class, which includes storytelling, read-aloud, book talks, research and other learning activities, and time to choose and borrow books.

Units of Study
  • Review and expand on K-4 skills
  • Identify main ideas and important details from non-fiction text
  • Differentiate between narrative, expository, and persuasive writing.
  • Learn to identify bias of author/source
  • Distinguish between advertising and news/facts
  • Draw evidence from primary sources
  • Learn note-taking methods
  • Learn to cite sources (title, author, source, location, date)
  • Visual literacy: interpret information from charts, graphs, diagrams
Approaches to Learning
  • Storytelling
  • Read-Aloud
  • Book Talks
  • 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
  • Research activities
  • Hands-on learning activities
  • Field trip to San Francisco Public Library
  • Research activities
  • Author visits