Essential Library Skills

Cedar Falls Elementary Schools Kindergarten-Sixth Grade

What are Essential Library Skills?

We focus our learning on:

1. Good Fit Books (K-4) & Love of Reading (K-6)

2. Searching and Locating Materials in the Library and Online (K-6)

3. Digital Citizenship and Safety (K-6)

4. Digital Literacy (5th and 6th grade)


These essential skills are learned during library time through lessons, projects and hands-on practice. They ensure students are ready to be independent users of libraries, information, and technology after they leave Cedar Falls Elementary schools.

-Mrs. Nelson

Good Fit Books & Love of Reading

Kindergarten

  • I can pick fun books to read.
  • I can ask my library teacher or another adult for help finding books.
  • I can read the pictures, the words, with someone, or retell the story.

First Grade

  • I can use the “I PICK” strategy to choose a good fit book.
  • I can use the “Five Finger Test” to choose a good fit book.
  • I can pick a book that makes me happy.

Second Grade

  • I can use the “I PICK” strategy to choose a good fit book.
  • I can use the “Five Finger Test” to choose a good fit book.
  • I can share fiction and nonfiction books I like.

Third Grade

  • I can use reading strategies to choose a good fit book - ask a friend, use the card catalog, check the special shelves (Iowa Children’s Choice, new books, diaries, graphic novels, etc.), ask the librarian, read the back, read the inside cover, or read the secret summary, read a book by the same author/in the same series.
  • I can write or tell about good books I have read.

Fourth Grade

  • I can use a browsing strategy to find books I want to read - ask a friend, use the card catalog, check the special shelves (Iowa Children’s Choice, new books, diaries, graphic novels, etc.), ask the librarian, read the back, read the inside cover, or read the secret summary, read a book by the same author/in the same series.
  • I can recommend books I have read using Destiny.

Search and Locate in the Library

Kindergarten

  • I can find my favorite author’s shelf.
  • I can find my favorite non fiction shelf.

First-Second Grade

  • I can locate fiction books on the shelf using the author’s last name.
  • I can locate nonfiction books on the shelf using nonfiction neighborhoods.

Third-Sixth Grade

  • I can use the online card catalog to find books by author, title, subject and keyword.
  • I can use a call number to locate fiction and nonfiction on the shelf.

Search and Locate Online

Kindergarten

  • I can use links/bookmarks to find websites.
  • I can find the letters in my name on the keyboard.

First-Second Grade

  • I can use links/bookmarks to locate websites.
  • I can enter usernames and passwords to use digital resources.

Third Grade

  • I can identify online advertising.
  • I can use Encyclopedia Britannica and other AEA online resources to locate information online.
  • I can choose effective keywords to use when searching online.

Fourth Grade

  • I can identify and decipher a URL.
  • I can use Encyclopedia Britannica and other AEA online resources to locate information online.
  • I can choose effective keywords to use when searching online.

Digital Citizenship and Safety

Kindergarten

  • I can follow school computer rules.
  • I can be safe when using the computer at home.

First-Second Grade

  • I can be safe when using technology.
  • I can be smart when using technology.
  • I can be kind when using technology.

Third-Sixth Grade

  • I can follow the district Acceptable Usage Policy by:
    • Protecting myself and others - keep information private and ask before I share online.
    • Respecting myself and others - be kind and positive when sharing online. Report bullying.
    • Respecting copyright - cite the source for all images, videos, music and information I use.
    • Protecting school computers and devices - be careful and keep devices nice for everyone.

Digital Literacy

Fifth Grade

  • I can identify reliable websites.
  • I can use strategies to search for information online.
  • I can identify forms of media.
  • I can identify different types of online media.

Sixth Grade

  • I can evaluate online resources for bias and reliability.
  • I can identify different types of online media.
  • I can identify reliable websites.
Updated October 20, 2017