Fifth grade students have two 50-minute scheduled library blocks per week. One period is designated as the check out day for the class, and the other period is reserved for computer class, literature sharing (read-alouds and book talks), learning library skills, or research lessons. Fifth graders are expected to bring a book with them each library time for silent reading. Although the class does have a designated check out day scheduled, students are welcome to visit the library any time, with the classroom teacher's permission, if they need to return or check out books, or work on independent research. In this way, the students become more familiar with how to make use of a library.
Research is an important component of fifth grade library skills. Students will use the Inquiry model to identify information needs and select appropriate information resources. Bibliographic format for print, nonprint and electronic resources is taught to fifth grade students. Students will use information gathered from a variety of formats to create a research product, complete with bibliographic citations, with direction from both the classroom teacher and the library media specialist.
Fifth grade students are well acquainted with literary awards: Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Golden Sower. Fifth graders will learn to identify a variety of literary genres, such as mystery, science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction. Students on the fifth grade level will read the Golden Sower nominated books independently. Those students who read at least five of the ten nominees will be eligible to participate in the Golden Sower vote in April. For information about the Golden Sower, Nebraska's Children's Choice Book Award, visit the Golden Sower website.