Third Grade Library Curriculum Map
The main objectives for the Third 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 3 Curriculum
  • To have students demonstrate mastery of the terms, concepts, and skills introduced, reviewed, and reinforced in Kindergarten through Second Grade.
  • To continue to expand their knowledge on the parts of a book
  • To introduce and teach to use the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)
  • To introduce and teach encyclopedia skills (online)
  • To introduce and teach how to uses atlases (online)
  • To introduce the different genres of literature to further develop students' interests in books and reading

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 Mastered
Terms, Concepts, and Skills to be Introduced or Reinforced
Literature: Genres
  • Library Procedures
  • Parts of the Book:
    • Author
    • Title
    • Illustrator
    • Illustrations
    • Publisher
    • Place of Publication
    • Copyright
    • Copyright Date
    • Spine
      • Spine Label
    • Front Cover
    • Back Cover
      • Barcode
    • Pages
      • End Papers / End Pages
    • Dust Jacket
    • Dedication Page
    • Title Page
    • Copyright Page
    • Main Characters
    • Supporting Characters
    • Setting
    • Plot
    • Parts of a Story
      • Beginning
      • Middle
      • End
  • Table of Contents
  • Index
  • Alphabetizing
  • Arrangement of Fiction
  • Arrangement of Non Fiction
  • OPAC Skills
    • Author
    • Title
    • Subject
    • Record Information
    • Locating materials on the shelves
  • Biographies
  • Encyclopedias (Online)
    • Key Words
    • Citation
    • Locating Information
  • Atlas (Online)
    • Physical and Political Maps
    • Location Skills
  • Fables
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mysteries
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • Humorous
  • Seasonal
  • Science Fiction
  • Family and School
  • Adventure
  • Poetry
  • Fantasy

Trimester 1: September to November
Welcome to the Library!
    • What is the purpose of the library?
    • Review Grade 2 Skills
      • Behavior
      • Procedures
      • How do we choose a book? - Five Finger Rule
        • Reading to myself
        • Reading to others
        • Others reading to me
      • Using Shelf Markers
      • Practice Shelving
      • Revisiting the "E" Everybody Collection
      • Revisiting the "F" Fiction Collection

Read Alouds:
    • The Talking Eggs by Robert D. Sna Souci
    • The Mitten
    • Stone Soup
    • The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
    • Cinderella
    • Little Red Riding Hood

Learner Profile: Caring

Formative Assessment:
    • Question and Answer Sessions
    • Demonstrations

Summative Assessment:
    • Shelving in the Library Game
    • Order in the Library Game

Let's Be Safe Online!
    • Internet Safety
      • Information vs. Adds
      • Confidentiality
    • Computer care and use
    • Review the Parts of the Book

Read Alouds:
    • A gathering of series

Learner Profile: Principled

Formative Assessment:
    • Internet Safety Game

Summative Assessment:
    • Students create a poster in A4 about Internet Safety for students in K-2

The OPAC and Other Adventures!
    • Let's Do Dewey
    • Beyond Spine Labels
    • Book Look Scavenger Hunt

Read Aloud:
    • Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

Learner Profile: Inquirer

Formative Assessment:
    • Question and Answer Session
    • Finding books on the shelf when the call number is provided

Summative Assessment:
    • Students will create a scavenger hunt for students in Grade 4

    • 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 have not been completed. The assessments for September and October will be combined as follows:
  • Students will create a game about Internet safety based on their experiences of playing the Shelving and Library Order games.

Our November inquiry will most likely be extended into December.

Trimester 2: December to March
Inventions!: An Inquiry
    • Inventors in fiction
    • Inventors in non fiction
    • Researching an inventor
      • Note-taking
      • Basic citing
    • Communicating and illustrating our learning

Read Alouds:
    • What you never know about fingers, forks, and chopsticks by Patricia Lauber
    • So you want to be an inventor? by Judith St. George

Learner Profile: What learner profiles can we find in the inventor's lives?

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

Summative Assessment: To be determined in collaboration with Mr. Flanigan.

    • December 3: Book exchange
    • December 10: Book exchange
We are ready for our first Author Study!
    • Beverly Cleary or Roald Dahl
    • Skills:
      • Biography
      • Summarization
      • Note-taking
      • Presentation
      • Book Reviews

Read Alouds: Depending on the class selection of the Author; we will be reading books of the selected author.

Learner Profile: Risk-Taker / Courageous

Formative Assesment:
Documents generated by the students during the author study

Summative Assessment:
    • Platform Presentation Skills

    • January 7: Book exchange
    • January 14: Book exchange
    • January 21: Book exchange
    • January 28: Book exchange
Discovering the Asia: A Guided Inquiry
    • Introduction to Geographic Reference Materials
    • Skills
      • Interviewing
      • Researching
      • Summarizing
      • Mapping

Read Alouds:
    • Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes
    • Mieko and the 5th Treasure

Learner Profile: Open Minded

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

Summative Assessment: To be determined in collaboration with Mr. Flanigan

    • February 4: Book exchange
    • February 11: Book exchange
    • February 18: Book exchange
Where on the globe were you born?
    • A continuation of the Geographic Reference Unit
    • Skills
      • Interviewing
      • Researching
      • Visual Communication
      • Reading fluency

Read Alouds: These books will be selected by the students based on the countries that they were born.

Learner Profile: Thinker

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

Summative Assessment:
    • Poster Gallery with feedback forms
      • Online
      • Print
      • Both?

    • March 4: Introduction to Simple Machines
    • March 11
    • March 18
    • March 25

Trimester 3: April to June
April is Poetry Month!
    • Poetry and Poems
      • Rhyme and Alliteration
    • Using Reference Books
      • Dictionaries
      • Thesaurus

Read Alouds:
    • Poetry Books
      • Descriptive Poems
      • Narrative Poems
      • Humorous Poems

Learner Profile: Balanced

Formative Assessment:
    • Student created notes
    • Question and Answer Sessions

Summative Assessment:
    • To be determined in collaboration with Mr. Flanigan.

    • April 1
    • April 8
    • April 15
    • April 29
The Rainforest and the animals that call it home: An Inquiry
    • What is a rainforest?
    • Where are the rainforests located?
    • What kinds of animals live in the rainforest?
    • Why should we protect the rainforests?

Read Alouds:
    • Rainforests books
    • Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen

Learner Profile: Communicator

Formative Assessment:
    • To be determined in collaboration with Mr. Flanigan

Summative Assessment:
    • To be determined in collaboration with Mr. Flanigan

    • May 6
    • May 13
    • May 20
Summer is for Reading Books!
    • Summer Reading Promotion
    • Our Year in the Library - A Reflection

Read Alouds:
    • Books about summer

Learner Profile: Reflectiv

Formative Assessment:
    • Students will create a library portfolio

Summative Assessment:
    • Students will present their library portfolios to Grade 2 Students.

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