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Tuscany Heights ES Library Annual Report 2014-2015: Library Programming & Use

Research Projects/Lessons

The Tuscany Heights librarian provides instructional support through lessons that reinforce the K-5 grade level curriculum in various content areas.

*Using Pebble Go (iPads) and print materials, kindergarten students researched animals and shared their information through note-taking journals.  

*Using the Guided Inquiry research method, 1st graders investigated how technology changes communication, transportation and recreation.  They used databases, print materials, exploratory research and hands-on activities to research the past and compare their findings to their own lives. 

*Second Graders researched famous people using print resources and databases.  Using notes from their journals, students created first-person scripts and shared biographical information through the ChatterPix app found on library iPads.

*Using the Rapid Changes LibGuide and print materials, 3rd graders researched natural disasters and how forces of nature affect human beings.  Findings were shared through Pic Collage presentations.

*4th grade students took digital notes on famous Texans and created digital trading cards to share with classmates.  Students were introduced to Google Docs and Chromebooks in this lesson.

*Using a variety of resources, 5th graders researched Renaissance inventors.  Students used Chromebooks to take digital notes from databases and websites linked in the 5th Grade LibGuide.  For many students, it was the first time they logged into a Chromebook and used Google Docs.


Collaboration is key to a successful library program.  The librarian frequently meets with teachers (formally and informally) to plan throughout the year to ensure that student/faculty needs are being met.  For example, at the beginning of the school year, each team of teachers fills out a library research 'wish list'.  A focus on technology integration, especially the use of new Chromebooks, Lenovo ThinkPads, iPads and other devices, is incorporated into library lessons to enhance student learning and promote the use of technology skills. 

Other Programming in the Library

The library is the heart of Tuscany Heights and is frequently used for a variety of purposes before, during and after school hours. Examples of Library programming:

Grade Level PLC Coverage

CIC Meetings

Book Fair

WatchDOG Breakfast

Volunteer Breakfast

Kindergarten Yahoo/Boo Hoo 

Kindergarten Roundup

THE Leader in Me Nights

Baby Showers and Wedding Showers

Faculty Meetings

Professional Development

5th Grade STAAR Intervention

STAAR Testing

PTA Events 


Kids' Involvement Network (KIN)

Indoor Dismissal

Independent Coding and Reading

Guest Speakers


Web Accessibility