Curriculum Connection
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Dive into a deep archive of curriculum resources to help you bolster your students' learning in the library. SLC's Curriculum Connection page houses lesson plans and activities written by librarians for librarians to help you engage students, address standards, collaborate with teachers, and continue evolving your practice. Learn best practices and strategies for teaching in the library. Click on "Read More" for access to the lesson plans around this month's theme, and use the search bar below to find ready-to-go and easily adapted activities to use in your library, no matter the subject, grade levels, or theme you're addressing with your students today.
Elementary School
Refining Our Mock Caldecott: Tips from the Frontlines
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I have been hosting a Mock Caldecott club for several years with fourth and fifth-grade students at my school. Each year, I select several dozen titles that we closely examine during the six-week club. Some years, as many as two-thirds of the students participated. It felt successful. Last year, things changed. I had the honor of serving on the 2019 Caldecott Committee. That experience encouraged me to look back at the Mock Caldecott club that I hosted and compare it to my experience on the real Caldecott Committee. While my students' experiences would certainly be different, I wondered: how could I bring more of the real-world aspects of my experience on the Caldecott Committee to my students?

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I have been hosting a Mock Caldecott club for several years with fourth and fifth-grade students at my school. Each year, I select several dozen titles that we closely examine during the six-week club. Some years, as many as two-thirds of the students participated. It felt successful. Last year, things changed. I had the honor of serving on the 2019 Caldecott Committee. That experience encouraged me to look back at the Mock Caldecott club that I hosted and compare it to my experience on the real Caldecott Committee. While my students' experiences would certainly be different, I wondered: how could I bring more of the real-world aspects of my experience on the Caldecott Committee to my students?

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Middle & High School
Highlighting, Annotating, and Notetaking
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Students have different responses to the idea of taking notes. Some see notetaking as act of drudgery. Others are convinced that they can retain important information without doing it at all. And some students just get stressed out by the entire process: they worry that they won't remember enough information from one page to the next, then they get overzealous with the highlighter and come out of it with pages and pages saturated in bright yellow ink. To help students fine-tune and personalize their own notetaking process, classroom teachers and librarians can give them the opportunity to view the act in separate stages—from the initial highlighting, to deeper annotating, to creating thorough outlines and articulating well-thought-out responses to a reading.

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Students have different responses to the idea of taking notes. Some see notetaking as act of drudgery. Others are convinced that they can retain important information without doing it at all. And some students just get stressed out by the entire process: they worry that they won't remember enough information from one page to the next, then they get overzealous with the highlighter and come out of it with pages and pages saturated in bright yellow ink. To help students fine-tune and personalize their own notetaking process, classroom teachers and librarians can give them the opportunity to view the act in separate stages—from the initial highlighting, to deeper annotating, to creating thorough outlines and articulating well-thought-out responses to a reading.

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