Classes in the Media Center

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  1. JerseyEnglish

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    Hi Everyone:

    What are some suggestions or activities you would like to see your Media Specialist do with your classes? I would love to know any ideas so that I can work on them this year. Thanks... ;)
     
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  3. Teacher Chele

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    Research activities leading up to writing a research paper or reports.
    Unit explorations - pull books, etc. on the topic of the unit.
    Scavenger hunts
    I'll keep thinking for you. You're media center specialist and helpers may have some ideas, too.
     
  4. JustMe

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    Research.

    So many students truly think that researching consists of going to Wikipedia, copying and pasting information into a document, writing "Information from Wikipedia" as their bibliography/works cited/references, and then spending the remaining time creating an awesome, colorful title that will be printed in black and white and not make up for their poor work. :(
     
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    agreed, Research and doing it correctly. The first year I did a research project I had kids cite Google in their Bibliography. UGH

    How to find usable information on the internet, and how to take notes on the info so you aren't plagiarizing anyone. We used to have a computer lab and Media Specialist to work with our kids, but now its all done in the classroom. I only have 7 computers so I have to do it in shifts but it still works out.
     
  6. fawyndra

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    I would like to add-

    -teach them them the proper way to type, not just pecking.
    -Show them the basics of word, and the basics of excel
    -I think that kids can even start learning Powerpoint
    -I agree with research skills as well.

    I am sooooo glad you asked, because my #1 pet peeve with our media/computer time is that the kids just play computer games the whole time... 2nd grade is not too young to learn something valuable.
     
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    --Fiction vs. Non-fiction (how to tell them apart, the different characteristics of each, the purpose of each.)

    --Resource materials -- how to use a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia (albeit a computer one -- most schools don't have book ones anymore), almanac, atlas, etc.

    --Using descriptive language.

    --Meanings of Idioms

    --Analogies
     
  8. Ms.Jasztal

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    We don't have a long period for Library. It's really sad, in my opinion. Students can come in at times, but they don't have the chance to be taught about research or other topics regarding the library. Students only have the time to check out books.
     
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    This year our media specialist did lessons on how to evaluate websites, use databases for research, copyright and fair use, source citation, booktalks on specific genres, book talks on the Rebecca Caudill award (an Illinois book award), ran a book club, and more. She's awesome!
     
  10. JerseyEnglish

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    Thank You so much everyone! All the information and suggestions provided will serve me well. If you think of anything else please feel free to let me know.
     
  11. Librarian79

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    Some of the things that I do with the older grades are:

    Website Evaluation (how to know if the site is reliable or not)
    Google Searching (Boolean searching, etc)
    Booktalks (very important to get kids reading for pleasure!)
    Database use (alternative to the Internet!!)
    Reference materials (encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, etc)
    Scavenger hunts
    How to use an index, appendix, etc
    How to organize and present information
    How to do a bibliography
    Book clubs, literacy circles, battle of the books

    That's all I can think of right now!! Hope that helps :)
     

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