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Library - 3rd 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. Third 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 K-2 skills
  • Independently select materials using online library catalog
  • Independently locate materials in the library
  • Introduce structure of dictionary entry
  • Choose appropriate type of reference work to answer a question (encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary, thesaurus, almanac, online database)
  • Review differences between online news sources and printed newspapers
  • Use table of contents, index, and guide words to answer a question
  • Introduce difference between primary and secondary sources
  • Introduce concepts of note-taking and citing sources
  • Biographies with timelines, photographs, primary sources
  • Visual literacy (infer information from photographs)
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
  • Practice using technology to access online resources
  • Sharing knowledge / reporting back to group
  • Encourage reading aloud to one another
  • Author visits