The Tuscany Heights librarian provides instructional support through lessons that reinforce the K-5 grade level curriculum in various content areas.All grade levels use a variety of library resources to conduct research using the guided inquiry method.
Examples of this year's research:
2nd Graders used print and digital resources to research a famous person during their study of biographies. Taking notes in research journals, the lesson reinforced proper-note taking, citing resources and copyright. Students used green screen technology via DoInk, an app presented during librarian professional development, DoInk allowed students to select a historically accurate backgrounds for their presentations giving the illusion that they had stepped back in time or visited a foreign location. They paired up with a peer and used iPads to record speeches they had prepared using information they found while researching in the library. They were excited to mesh the background images with their biography speeches. They were excited to use green screen technology and enjoyed sharing their projects with classmates.
Kindergarten students researched animals with 5th grade "research coaches" before their May 11th zoo field trip. Each child selected a library book on an animal that interested them. With help of a 5th grade research expert, kindergartners took notes using PebbleGo (iPads) and print resources. They also created color illustrations of their animals and cited their resources. Older and younger students benefited from the collaborative research.
Using the Guided Inquiry research method which encourages exploratory play, 1st graders investigated how advances in technology have changed/improved communication, transportation and recreation. Students played with reproductions of early American colonial toys in order to compare/contrast toys from the past with modern toys. After taking notes, they created short videos on Seesaw to document and shared their discoveries with teachers and parents.
Collaboration is key to any 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. This year, collaboration with Jordan Nutt, our campus ITS, has been exceptionally valuable. His knowledge of technology and up-to-date resources has allowed us to create lessons that encourage students to implement the 4 Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. For example, after reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio, 5th graders collaborated with a middle school class in Oregon via SMART Amp. They were able to discuss the themes of the book and share ideas with peers on the west coast. Also, Mr. Nutt and I launched a two-week STEAM study in the library where students experimented with makerspace materials purchased through library services. These students then showcased their knowledge at a community lunch and learn and a faculty meeting. Collaboration with the NEISD technology department has improved library lessons and has prepared our campus to implement STEAM lessons campus-wide.
Author visits and other guest speakers
Breakfast for various clubs, volunteers and PTA
Community voting site
Dismissal for K-2nd grade
Faculty meetings/staff training
Grade level PLC coverage
Independent coding, reading and research
Kids' Involvement Network (KIN)
Kindergarten Yahoo/Boo Hoo
Lunch and Learn
PTA performance nights