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Library Mission:

To ensure that students are effective users and producers of information and ideas.

 

Library /Technology Program

To meet this mission, I support our district adopted reading program by reinforcing unit main ideas for each grade level as I share books from several different Washington State reading award lists.

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade – Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (Website)

2nd and 3rd Grade – Otter (Our Time to Enjoy Reading) Award (Website)

3rd Grade – The Towner Non-Fiction Award (Website)

4th and 5th Grade – The YETI Books Competition – District supported “Battle of the Books” (Website)

 

Students also learn about the Super 3 and Big 6 process for research or project completion.

I also work with classroom teachers to teach the ISTE technology standards and will collaborate with them on ways in which technology integration can enhance instruction.

 

The primary technology program centers on providing students opportunities to use technology to develop troubleshooting skills, mouse/track pad/keyboard skills, and skills to help them navigate websites and applications in a safe and responsible manner.

The intermediate technology program – I use a variety of projects to teach students how to use the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Students will also have instruction in keyboarding, and the opportunity to practice using “Typing Agent” district adopted keyboarding curriculum. Students at the i2nd – 5th grade level have individual student log in accounts and access to Office 365. Office 365 is a cloud based suite of personal productivity tools that promote collaboration.

Digital Citizenship – Lessons from Common Sense Media are used to teach students of all grade levels how to use technology safely, responsibly, and ethically.

Library Checkout Policy 

Students may have up to 3 books checked out them at any one time. K-1 students will choose one free choice library book and will have 2 “just right” baggie books to practice their reading skills. 2nd – 5th grade may checkout 1 “just right” book that they can read independently, and 1 free choice book that they might (or might not) be able to read independently. When they are working on a research project they may also have a book that supports their research to keep in the classroom. Students will have one library class a week where they will have an opportunity to check out library books. There will also be several “open library” opportunities during the week where students can request a library pass from their teacher to check return/checkout a book from the library. I ask that students return all books that they have checked out on their class library day. If they are not yet finished with a book, they should place a bookmark/scrap paper in the book (preferably with their name on it) so that it sticks out of the book in their classroom book return bin. This lets me know that they would like to have it for an additional week. This practice promotes strong routines and responsibility as students learn how to take care of this shared resource.

 

Birthday Books

I understand it has been a long-standing tradition at Lowell for students to donate a book to the library in honor of their birthdays.  If you would like to participate in this tradition, and are looking for a book suggestion, I would like to suggest books that have been nominated for the following awards: The Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award, The Sasquatch Award, The Young Reader’s Choice award for juniors, The Caldecott Medal and Honor, The Newbery Medal and Honor.    I  purchase one copy of each of these titles yearly from my library budget, but these are such popular titles that I would love to have more than one copy available for students to check out. The titles and authors of these books can be found here.  Most local booksellers will carry the titles in stock.

Digital Research Tools:

 

Gale in Context for Elementary

WorldBook Online: http://www.worldbookonline.com

eLibrary : http://www.elibrary.com

Pebble Go : www.pebblego.com

Contact your librarian for the username and passwords to access these resources.