Lowell Library Newsletter

May 2022

Why We Teach Computer Skills in Library Class...

A frequently asked question is why do we do computer science in a library class? The answer is quite simple, learning in library class is about more than reading books. It is, also, about information management. In library class, K-5, we learn about searching for information, managing information, using information, and presenting what we learned from our information. In our 21st-century classroom, this usually involves some type of electronic tool. Starting with what makes a computer a computer to how we can stay safe, ensuring our data is private and the Google suite of tools, students experience using these tools in library class becoming sophisticated searchers of information and creating high quality digital artifacts to show their learning.

What We Learned: May 2022

Kindergarten: We learned about:
  • Created literacy week passports
  • What is a Computer?
  • Tools of the trade: how computers are used in different jobs in our community.
  • Computer input devices


First Grade: We learned about:
  • Created literacy week passports
  • What is a Computer?
  • Tools of the trade: how computers are used in different jobs in our community.
  • Computer input devices


Second Grade: Learned about:

  • Created literacy week passports
  • Poetry: Scranimals
  • Online Meanness (Common Sense Media)
  • Intro to typing and home row


Third:
We learned about:
  • Created literacy week book passports
  • Haiku creation
  • Abstraction (computer literacy)
  • Abstracted scientific model creation (Brush Ninja)


Fourth Grade: Learned about:

  • Created literacy week book passports
  • Micropoems
  • Origami Fortune Poems


Fifth Grade:
We learned about:
  • Created literacy week book passports
  • 30 second Book Talk Project

30 Second Book Talks: Bring the HEAT Fifth Grade

Fifth graders wrap up their year in library class by creating a digital artifact: The 30 second Book Talk. Students choose a book they previously read and love. It can be a chapter book, picture book, non-fiction, graphic novel- anything students are passionate to share with others. To Bring the HEAT, (hook, energy, audience, time) students complete a graphic organizer followed by writing a speaking script. This year, they used Flipgrid to create a short video or audio file to convince their classmates to read their book.

Second Grade: Technology for Third Grade

Third grade is a big year for learning basic technology applications such as Google classroom, docs, slides, and research databases such as Gale and Britannica. To make this transition a bit easier starting in second grade students learn to login to their Google suite of tools and use menus and toolbars to navigate through apps. In the library, we also focus on navigating Google Classroom and learning how to open and submit digital work. All these skills are revisited at the beginning of the third grade school year.

Please Return ANY Lowell Library Books You Find at Home!

  • My child has a library book from before quarantine. What should I do with it? Please bring it back! There is no penalty for pre-quarantine books and I would love to have them back in the library so other kids can enjoy them.
  • Will kids check out books after December? No, we will be storing our wonderful library until we return to Lowell in Fall 2023.
  • Where can we access the databases and encyclopedias? Use the Lowell Library website and under SEARCH find a list of the databases students have access to through the school.
  • What will students learn without the library? Don't worry! I selected a lot of books to continue our read alouds each week. We will also take this time to explore more aspects of our digital learning curriculum such as digital citizenship and computers as tools.