Dwight School Libraries
Trimester 1 Updates
Trimester 1 has been Busy in All Three of Dwight School's Libraries!
In the Lower School, first graders have been learning how to make good book choices through browsing, while second graders have becoming expert index users. Third graders have been learning the parts of non-fiction books and fourth and fifth graders have been learning to use the online catalog and online databases.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders have the option of joining lunch time book clubs.
The MS/US Library has seen a wide variety of activities, from sixth graders brainstorming what it means to be an IB Learner in the library and learning to RAP (a method of paraphrasing), to tenth graders learning strategies for avoiding plagiarism. Students in grades 6-12 have also taken advantage of book talks, reader's advisory services, and individual research assistance.
Circulation across the libraries is up 31% from Trimester 1 last year.
Work continues on a Library scope and sequence. Librarians are now examining the scaffolding of skills from K-12.
Take a look at some of the other exciting things happening in our libraries!
MS/US Library Fiction Collection Revamped
Remove all the books from the shelves
Sort books by genre and put all the books in a genre in alphabetically order
Return books to the shelves- a different section of shelf for each genre
Author Visits Sixth Grade
Take a look at Mr. O'Connor's books in the Graphic Format Books section of the library or check out his website at www.olympiansrule.com
Fifth Grade Reading Buddies Choose Books to Share with Second Grade
A regularly scheduled activity in Timothy House is Reading Buddies.
Students in third, fourth, and fifth grade will be matched with a
younger grade and a time set aside for shared reading.
Reading buddies is about books and reading but it is also about
students becoming comfortable with older and younger students.
By sitting for a half hour or so with another age group and choosing
books for a short read, students learn about each other and about a
variety of books.
This year, the fifth grade teachers, Rachelle Watson and Ron Posner,
approached our Timothy House librarian, Susan Lissim with a
request. They thought that an additional connection could be made
if the students selected the books to share with their reading buddies
from the library.
During library, fifth graders discussed what made a good book to
share with second grade students and then each fifth grader chose
two books from a pre-selected collection.
Below fifth graders are showing their book selections as they check
out with Mrs. Lissim.