There are many titles for a school librarian, but the one I choose to use is teacher-librarian. I’m a teacher (BA in Education) and a librarian (MLIS). Folks, it’s not just storytime around here.
How to use a field guide. These students are studying rocks in their current science unit, so we learned how to use a rock field guide to aid in identifying an unknown rock/mineral. This was a hard activity for them. Really hard. Of the 75 students, maybe 20% correctly identified their sample. And guess what? That is okay. In fact, it’s great. I had kids really reading and studying the field guide, comparing the photos and text to what they observed in their sample. There was no random guessing – each group gave real effort. Interestingly, one group that didn’t ever correctly identify their rock asked if they could try again with a new sample next week. You got it, friends. 🙂
Social Studies tie in with map skills. Studying the community is a big part of the 2nd grade SS curriculum. The students, working in 3’s, used a large LiDAR map of the community to locate places, roads, and bodies of water using the key/legend. Because of the detail in the LiDAR map, the students could actually see individual buildings / houses. How cool is that?! This is the first part of a lesson – more will be done with the LiDAR maps in the spring.
Author study #1 = done! Audrey Wood’s study went out on a high note with King Bidgood’s In the Bathtub. After reading, I pulled 3 of Wood’s books and had students fill in this sentence: “This book is ___________.” Each new word was written on the board, and students were encouraged not to repeat words / phrases. My goal is to create an Author Trailer (like a book trailer) for every author we study this year. In order to have the students help, I get to teach them how to describe books in a word / phrase. Teacher-librarian, indeed. 🙂