I have finally settled in to my new job as a part time librarian at Liberty Elementary School! That means that I can go back to posting new lesson ideas for my fellow Tibrarians. Over the summer, I took an online BER (Bureau of Education and Research) course called Teaching Smarter with SMART Boards. The course was really helpful, and as my final project, I created some SMART Notebook lessons that I can now share with you! Unfortunately, I have a Promethean board in my new library, so I can’t use these lessons myself! I hope to post some ActiveInspire (Promethean’s software) lessons as I create them.
The first lesson that I would like to share with you is a lesson on library organization and call numbers for second graders. This lesson corresponds with the Advanced Library Organization skill that I discuss on pages 28-29 in The Tibrarian Handbook.
The materials needed for this lesson are a SMART board, a computer loaded with SMART Notebook software, an LCD projector, an Easy fiction book, a fiction book, a nonfiction book, and a biography.
You should begin by focusing the students on the topic for the lesson by asking them to identify the different types of books that are available in your library. Next, invite volunteers to the SMART board to write each type of book on the first slide of the lesson. The types of books that students should identify are Easy fiction (these are picture books), fiction, nonfiction, and biography. Students may also offer reference books as a type, which you should add to the list, but will not be part of the lesson. Once students have correctly identified the types of books, make the following analogy: A library is like a town for books. In “Booktown”, books of different types live in different “neighborhoods”. Each neighborhood has a way of writing “addresses” that is unique to that neighborhood. A book’s address can be found on its spine label. In this way, we can find the books that we are looking for quickly, and the books can be returned to their homes easily. While going through the analogy, show the students the second slide of the lesson that shows the map of “Booktown”.
After this overview of library organization, you will focus on the structure of the call numbers for each of the four main sections of the library. Take students through the next four slides of the SMART Notebook lesson, each of which shows the structure of a different type of call number. After explaining the components of each call number type, you can show a sample book from that library section. Tell students a bit about the book (i.e. this is a picture book story by the author Kevin Henkes) and then ask volunteers to help you write a call number for the book. You can use a SMART board pen to write this call number on the page.
Once you have examined the call number structures for each of the four main library sections, it will be time to assess what students have learned. Show students the last slide of the lesson (the Call Number Challenge) and explain that their goal will be to figure out the call numbers for the eight books that are described. You can ask volunteers to come up to the board and write call numbers for each of the books, after you have read aloud the books’ descriptions. Before inviting the first volunteer to the board, you should tell students that they will have an opportunity to make corrections to their classmates’ work after you have recorded all of the answers. Once you have recorded all eight answers, ask if any of the students disagree with any of the answers that were given. If a student can make an argument for changing one of the answers, invite him/her to the board to erase the answer and change it. This method will encourage students to work as a team to try to write all of the call numbers correctly. When the class is satisfied that all of their answers are correct, you can tap on each of the tiles to reveal the correct answer. If any answers are incorrect, make sure to discuss the mistake with students and explain how to write the call number correctly.
Finally, end the lesson by reminding students that they can use call numbers to help them locate different types of books in the library. A good follow-up lesson would be to discuss the location of books using call numbers (how to find the book on the shelf once you know the call number).