Library Week Activities
Social Studies/Research Work with your librarian to plan an in-depth research project during National Library Week, April 13-19. Make sure that your students use the electronic catalog, online searches, magazine guides and video collections to find information that will be meaningful to them. Ask your librarian to work with your class during the beginning stages of research and at the conclusion of the project to aid with the construction of bibliographies. The subject of the research can be any topic or unit you're currently teaching in your classroom.
Mapping the Library
In this activity, students compare their school library with another library (or libraries) – your town library, for example, or a virtual library – and identify their most important features. Then students use their observations to create a map of the school library that can serve as a guide for others.
Literary Treasure Hunt
Research During National Library Week, work with your librarian to make a treasure hunt for the class by writing a call number for each student on an index card. Try to match the call number with the known reading level and interests of each student. Send them to the library with the card and challenge them to find their book using the call number and their familiarity with the library.
Shopping with the Dewey Decimal System
Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the ten main categories used in the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Students will organize a selection of books in a library media center according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
The Library of Congress
Have students visit the Library of Congress website where they can "Ask a Librarian" questions about exhibits and resources, look through the Digital Collections & Services, and read about the library's history.
Let's Go to the Library! A Lesson for Kindergarteners
In this lesson, students will learn library etiquette and get introduced to a library character, Mr. Wiggle. A download is included.