Second Grade Library Curriculum Map
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The main objectives for the Second Grade Library Curriculum are:
  • To continue to explore the use of the library and its resources for the students to meet all of their information needs
  • To make connections with the Units of Inquiry developed in the PYP Grade 2 Curriculum
  • To build a solid background of information regarding terms and concepts as a prerequisite to the formal teaching of information and retrieval skills
  • To review and reinforce the terms and concepts through use
  • To introduce the arrangement of fiction and nonfiction
  • To introduce special areas of literature

From: Lewis, Marguerite, and Pamela J. Kudla. Hooked on Library Skills!: A Sequential Activities Program for Grades K-6. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 1988. Print.

Terms and Concepts to be Introduced and Reinforced
Terms and Concepts to be Introduced
Literature to Explore
  • Library Procedures
  • Author
  • Title
  • Illustrator
  • Illustrations
  • Publisher
  • Copyright
  • Copyright Date
  • Spine
  • Cover
  • Pages
  • Dust Jacket
  • Characters
  • Main Characters
  • Supporting Characters
  • Setting
  • Plot
  • Parts of a Story
    • Beginning
    • Middle
    • End
  • Fiction
  • Non Fiction
  • Place of Publication
  • Dedication Page
  • Title Page
  • Medium and Mood of Illustration
  • Biography
  • Autobiography
  • Collective Biography
  • Dewey Decimal System
  • Arrangement of Fiction
  • Arrangement of Non Fiction
  • Folktales around the World
  • Mysteries
  • Seasonal Literature
  • Historical Fiction
  • Caldecott Awards
  • Biographies
  • Tall Tales

Trimester 1: September to November
Welcome to the Library!
  • What is the purpose of a library?
  • Review Grade 1 Skills
    • Behavior
    • Procedures
    • How do we choose a book?
    • Using Shelf Markers
    • Practice Shelving

Read Alouds:
  • Library themed books

Learner Profile: Caring

Formative Assessment:
  • Observational

Summative Assessment:
  • Successful completion of:
    • Shelving in the Library Game
    • Order in the Library Game

Let's Review!
  • Do we remember the parts of the book?
    • Front Cover
    • Back Cover
    • Barcode
    • Spine
    • Spine label
    • End pages / End papers
    • Dust Jacket
  • Introduction to Internet Safety
  • ABC Order on the Shelves

Read Alouds:
  • Full Belly Bowl by James Aylesworth

Learner Profile: Principled

Formative Assessment:
  • ABC Order Game

Summative Assessment:
  • Graphic organizer / concept map/ of everything that we have learned so far.

Just the Facts, Jack!
  • The Non Fiction Collection
  • Internet Scavenger Hunt

Read Alouds: A variety of "E" non fiction books

Learner Profile: Inquirer

Formative Assessment:
  • Non Fiction games

Summative Assessment:
  • Compare and Contrast Fiction and Non Fiction books of the same subject (ie. fiction: cats to non fiction: cats)

  • November 5: Book exchange
  • November 12: Book exchange
  • November 19: Book exchange
  • November 26
Note: Due to problems with our technology access, summative assessments for each month has not been completed. The assessments for both September and October will be combined as follows:
  • Mind map of everything that we have learned so far will cover material presented and learned from September to October. Students will also participate in small groups to complete both shelving and order placement games in the classroom during our library lessons in November.

Trimester 2: December to March
Fables and Trickster Tales
  • Story Elements
  • Inferences and Setting
  • Describing solutions to problems

Read Alouds:
  • Hungry Spider
  • Rabbit Races the Turtle
  • Aunt Fox and the Fried Fish

Learner Profile:
  • How many profile attributes can you find in these three stories?

Formative Assessment:
  • Students will prepare a list of characters and identify the learner profile attributes that these characters demonstrate.

Summative Assessment:
  • Students will author their own trickster tale based on three stories read.

  • December 3: Book exchange
  • December 10: Book exchange
Welcome Back! Let's Review and Start our First Guided Inquiry Project

  • Library Procedures
  • Library Behavior

Inquiry: It's a Bug's World! (Insects, Arachnids, Centipedes, and Millipedes)

Read Alouds:
  • Non fiction books on the topic
  • Ms. Spider's series by David Kirk
  • Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin

Learner Profile: Risk Taker / Courageous

Formative Assessment:
  • Documents created by the students during the inquiry process

Summative Assessment:
  • Assembly Presentation on what they have learned about the insect selected.

  • January 7: Book exchange
  • January 14: Book exchange
  • January 21: Book exchange
  • January 28: Book excange
It's Snowing in ...!
  • Introduction to Geographic Reference Materials
    • Northern Hemisphere Seasons
    • Southern Hemisphere Seasons
    • Maps and Globes
  • What is a snowflake?

Read Alouds:
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • Snow themed books
  • Books about seasons

Learner Profile: Open Minded

Formative Assessment:
  • Maps, grids, or globes that are student created

Summative Assessment: To be determined in collaboration with Ms. Beamish

  • February 4: Book Exchange
  • February 11: Book Exchange
  • February 18: Book Exchange
P is for Poland: An Inquiry

  • Geography of Poland
  • Regions in Poland
  • The Weather in Poland
  • Wroclaw

Read Alouds:
  • P is for Poland by Agnieszka Mrowczynsk

Learner Profile: Thinker

Formative Assessment:
  • Drawing the map of Poland
  • Identifying where the capital is
  • Identifying major rivers, borders, etc
  • Identyfiying the location of Wroclaw.

  • Mapping Poland: An Edible Map

  • March 4: Intro to the Solar System
  • March 11
  • March 18
  • March 25

Trimester 3: April to May
April is ... Poetry Month!
  • Poetry and Poems
  • Famous Poets
    • Shel Silverstein
    • Jack Prelutsky
    • Douglas Florian

Read Alouds:
  • Poetry Books
    • Descriptive Poems
    • Narrative Poems
    • Humorous Poems
  • A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms by Paul B. Janeczko

Learner Profile: Balanced

Formative Assessment:
  • Students will be able to discuss the different styles of poetry

Summative Assessment:
  • Each student will create a poem
  • Poems will be collected and put together into a Poetry Anthology book for the classroom

  • April 1
  • April 8
  • April 15
  • April 29
We Love Dinosaurs!: An Inquiry
  • Paleontologists
  • Mesozoic Era
    • Triassic
    • Jurassic
    • Cretaceous
  • Dinosaurs
    • Lizard-hipped Dinosaurs
    • Bird-hipped Dinosaurs

Read Alouds:
  • Fiction Dinosaur Books
  • Non fiction Dinosaur Books

Learner Profile: Communicator

Formative Assessment:
  • Students will be able to identify the two-types of dinosaurs
  • Students will be able to identify the major dinosaurs on each of the sub-sections of the Mesozoic Era

Summative Assessment:
  • Students will become paleontologists and will go to an excavation area (in the park) and the students will be applying the same techniques as paleontologists use when they are digging for bones.

  • May 6
  • May 13
  • May 20
Summertime is for Reading Books!
  • Summer Reading Promotion
  • Our year in the library: A Reflection

Read Alouds: New Books and Series: More Chapter Books!

Learner Profile: Reflective

Formative Assessment:
  • Students will collect samples of all of our activities from the year and explain why they have made those choices.

Summative Assessment:
  • Based on the choices made by the students, they will put together a presentation to share in the library wiki.

  • June 3
  • June 10
  • June 17
  • June 24