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Tuscany Heights ES Library Annual Report 2018-2019: Library Programming & Use

Research Projects/Lessons

‚ÄčThe Tuscany Heights librarian provides instructional support through lessons that reinforce the K-5 grade level curriculum in various content areas.  Students use print and digital resources and often incorporate technology when creating final projects to showcase what they have learned throughout the unit of study. All grade levels use a variety of library resources to conduct research using the guided inquiry method and project based learning.  

  • Kindergarten students studied ladybugs using Capstone eBooks, PebbleGo and hands-on activities.  They 'checked out' ladybugs on the last Friday of the unit and released the insects into community gardens illustrating that kindergartners can have a positive impact on their environment.
  • 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.  
  • 2nd graders used print and digital resources (PebbleGo) to research famous people 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 to create final projects.  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. 
  • 3rd grade students researched ' rapid changes in the Earth's surface'.  After realizing the devastating effect that natural disasters can have on people of all ages, students decided to partner with United Way to assist local families in need.  Students filled over 100 shoe boxes with basic-need items and, with the help of United Way, donated these care packages to local shelters.  The humanitarian aspect of this year's research project illustrate how library research and project based learning have a positive impact on the entire community.
  • "How can students preserve the memory of native Texan culture in a modern world?"  This driving question helped 4th grade students focus on this year's native Texan research unit.  Students researched different aspects of native Texan life (housing, diet, transportation, etc.) using print and digital resources.  After researching, they created a tile to illustrate specific characteristics of a particular native Texan tribe.  They shared these tiles with classmates and family members.
  • 5th grade students researched 'kid inventors' in the library this year using up-to-date digital resources.  Inspired by these young inventors, students created an invention to solve a current problem.  They created prototypes of their inventions and filmed advertisements (using Green Screen) promoting their products.  Local community members came to campus to judge student creations in a 'Shark Tank'-like competition.  



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. Furthermore, Mr. Nutt and I wrote and received a grant for over $15,000  for the new THE STEAM lab.  Mr. Nutt and I frequently meet to update the lab curriculum.  Collaboration with the NEISD technology department has improved library lessons and has prepared our campus to implement STEAM lessons campus-wide.

Other Programming in the Library

Author visits and other guest speakers

2 Book Fairs (Follett and Scholastic)

Breakfast for various clubs, volunteers and PTA

Campus celebrations

Community voting site

Dismissal for Kindergarten

Faculty meetings/staff training

Grade level PLC coverage

Independent coding, reading and research

Kids' Involvement Network (KIN)

Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Yahoo/Boo Hoo 

PTA Lunch and Learn

Project Based Learning and STEAM activities

Professional Development

PTA performance nights

Volunteer Appreciation




4th Grade TilesShowing 5th Grade Inventionskindergartners checkout ladybugs


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