It’s Wednesday, April 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)
April 13 – 19 is National Library week! The Public Library offers a lot of opportunities for its members. You can read books for free (there is only a charge if books are returned late, not returned at all, or returned with substantial damage). They also offer books on tape, books on CD, large print books, downloadable audio books and even DVDs and videos with closed captioning. There is a virtual plethora of information on just about any subject that you can imagine with resources for every age group. They have help and resources for parents and caregivers and typically offer tremendous children’s programs. Everything from preschooler’s story time, author events and Summer Reading programs for all ages to homework help and study and research groups can be found. In addition, your public library typically hosts community events like charity drives and classes such as computer, crafts and literature and much, more; all for free or very reasonable fees. The library usually will have meeting rooms available for use and will host a number of programs and meetings for private and public companies that are offered for free and are open to the public.
This week, Education World provides five lessons that focus on library skills. Take advantage of these free activities to help your readers excel in the library:
Mapping the Library – Help students compare your school library with another library (a virtual library Web site is provided as one possibility). Use those observations to create a map of your school library that can serve as a guide for others. (Grades Pre-K-5)
Huey and Louie Meet Dewey - Exercise library organization skills using a worksheet that invites students to come to the aid of two rambunctious students in the school library. (Grades 3-8)
Save the Library! – Students learn about the many resources a library offers, then write an essay to help save the library from budget cuts or, worse yet, closure! (Grades 3-8)
Alphabetize for a Reason – Show students how to organize information by using the alphabet. (Grades K-5)
Library Scavenger Hunt – Introduce students to library resources and research. (Grades 6-12)
Education World is a massive and amazing website for educators – with all kinds of Internet based lesson plans and activities themed around specific subjects and holidays. Just go to the site, type a topic into the search engine, and you will be rewarded with many links to websites that provide information, resources, lessons, curriculum, activities – everything your teaching heart could desire. We’ve featured pages within the Ed World site before at ClickSchooling. You can create a complete unit study with the resources provided at the site, or just try a few of the suggested activities.