Fourth Grade

 

The goal of the Villa library program is to develop students who value learning and have the skills, strategies, and processes to be independent users of information. The library curriculum provides learning opportunities for students to develop skills in the following areas:

 

Information Literacy and the Research Process

Students practice information literacy skills that enable them to gain meaning from information.

  • Research skills and process – What makes a toy special in the hearts and minds of children?
  • Formulate central and sub-questions.
  • Review and use pre-search strategies.
  • Locate and compare resources for relevancy.
  • Review paraphrasing, note taking and summarizing strategies.
  • Use strategies to synthesize and apply information.
  • Create a product that demonstrates understanding.
  • Match product to established criteria.

 

Literature Appreciation and Reading for Meaning

Students develop skills and strategies to better understand the message of a story and/or information.

  • Goals and Leadership – What are the ABCs of achievement?
  • Introduce strategies for goal setting.
  • Identify characteristics and habits of the mind needed for success.
  • Fact and fiction – How do biographies represent a life?
  • Compare facts from non-fiction and historical fiction stories.
  • Read and respond to a variety of genres.
  • Media Literacy – How is information conveyed with images?
  • Compare written and visual elements of a story.
  • Investigative author study  – What happened to Harris Burdick?
  • Compare elements of a story.
  • Recall and interpret facts from stories and illustrations.

 

Library Responsibilities

Students develop skills and strategies to help them use the resources of the library effectively.

  • Library location – How are libraries organized to help users?
  • Review use of search stations and organization of collection.
  • Understand the purpose of a variety of materials.
  • Use search station, call number, and classification system to locate resources.
  • Select books based on relevance and readability.
  • Understand fair use of resources.