All Agassiz students in grades 3-5 receive library/media instruction once a week for an hour. In addition to checking out books, we focus on a variety of interdisciplinary 21st century skills that help students perform in the classroom and beyond. We start focusing more on research, digital citizenship, and more advanced technology skills. Students in 3rd grade begin keyboarding instruction, which they should continue practicing at home to maintain their skills. In these intermediate years, we focus on project-based learning in order to use skills in real contexts.
On a typical day, we might: * Practice keyboarding using proper home-row form *Conduct short research projects *Develop digital projects that reflect our learning *Explore library resources and further develop our library skills *Discuss and practice good digital citizenship
Digital Storytelling Students can create digital stories using this online platform. Shelving! Shelve-it is a fun game to build your library organization skills! Code.org This website utilizes basic computer skills to teach students K-12 the basics of coding. It is developmentally appropriate at different skill levels.
Typing.com We use this resource frequently in the library. Students will receive a unique user name and password within the first month of school, and can practice keyboarding at their own pace.
Library databases CPS subscribes to a number of paid databases that students can use (at school and home!) to conduct research and practice your inquiry skills within appropriate contexts. Students can also access e-books and e-audiobooks online. Contact Ms. Leventis for passwords!
Chicago Public Library Every student should have a public library card. While the school library is a great, immediate resource for students, nothing can compare with a trip to the public library. Plus, they have amazing resources including a vast collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, and a host of fantastic library databases. Check it out!
Best Apps for Teaching and Learning The American Library Association comes out with a list of the best apps for teaching and learning every year. It is a great resource to help parents and teachers make informed choices about digital content for children.