Third 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 – Why do people believe monsters exist?
  • Identify central question and formulate sub-questions.
  • Develop pre-search strategies.
  • Use key words to locate relevant materials.
  • Use text features to find relevant information.
  • Take notes, paraphrase and summarize key ideas.
  • Sort and organize information to answer research questions.
  • Create a product that answers central question.
  • Critical thinking – To think or not to think is the question?
  • Identify strategies for investigation and problem solving.


Literature Appreciation and Reading for Meaning

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

  • Culture study – How do folk tales reflect far away places?
  • Compare and contrast motifs in various versions of folk tales.
  • Respond to literature representing different cultures.
  • Story elements– What makes a story an award winner?
  • Compare and contrast story elements.
  • Summarize events, ideas and information.
  • Genre study – What are the characteristics of various genres?
  • Identify characteristics of genres.
  • Respond to literature representing different perspectives.


Library Responsibilities

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

  • Library location strategies – Don’t get lost in the library!
  • Locate resources using search stations and call numbers.
  • Select, use, and return resources independently.
  • Understand fair use of resources.