Policies & Curriculum

Books :

Younger students are allowed to check out one book at a time. Older students may check out more.

If a student loses or damages their library book, they should write a brief note to Ms. Kirschenbaum stating what happened and a parent signature is required. At this time, we are not charging for lost or damaged library books. If you'd like to donate a book to replace the one that was lost, please visit the "Donate a Book" page. Students can begin checking out books again once the letter is received. Donating a book is not required.


Curriculum:

Some of the topics your child will explore in the library and media center this year include:

Pre Kindergarten: Library lessons correlate with the topics the pre-k students are learning about in their classrooms. In addition, we'll explore "What is a library?," How to take care of library books, Real vs. Make Believe, nursery rhymes, and we'll dive into tons of cool books for pre-k kiddies and learn about fabulous authors and illustrators.

Kindergarten: Taking care of library books, Fiction vs. Nonfiction, story elements (characters, settings, problems/solutions), author studies, fractured fairy tales, and we'll end the year with students writing their own fiction story.

First Grade: Parts of a book (table of contents, copyright date, index, glossary), basic research skills, animal research projects, genres

Second Grade: After a quick review of the parts of the book (learned in 1st grade), students will locate information in nonfiction books and put together a dynamic e-book research project complete with graphic designs and text. We''ll also explore multicultural texts and fairytales from other parts of the world.

Third Grade: This is the year that students spend a significant amount of time on the computers, so we begin with online safety, learning about private information to never share on the Internet, and discuss how to be a model digital citizen. Students also learn how to do keyword searching on the Internet (kid friendly search engine - NOT Google :) Students learn how to find information that is right for them and how to trust information on a website. Students also learn the different features and benefits of online reference materials, such as online dictionaries and thesauri.

Fourth Grade: Students begin the year learning more about online safety, starting with a deep dive into digital footprints and learning that the things we do online and in the community play a role in our digital footprint. Students also continue with online researching, and we spend a significant amount of time learning how to acccess various research databases, many of which are available through the New York Public Library.

Fifth Grade: We start the year with online safety, extending on what was learned in 3rd and 4th grades. Students also learn about hacking and viruses. In the fall, students will complete a coding project, where they will animate their name. In the spring, a large part of the school year is spent on responsible researching, preventing plagiarism, and learning how to cite.