Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Literacy for our future student!

copyright © 2007 sean dreilinger
   rachel reading to nick in the children's library - DSC00165 by sean dreilinger
                 copyright © 2007 sean dreilinger
   I am writing a lesson plan on comprehension for one of my other classes and I need to have them read a part of an informational book and see what they understand. I went to the East Lansing library to find a book to use.  When I first walked in there were a ton of children reading books with parents, or playing on the computers.  I was shocked but pleasantly surprised by this!  I was searching for a informational book a 5th year old boy would like.  I was struggling finding something at a 5th grade level.  I asked one of the librarians and she showed me around the whole children's section.  She was very helpful and there were a ton of books in the library for all ages.  This made me think how great it would be to take my future students on a field trip to the local library. What a good way to get my students interested and excited about reading! What do you think?


  1. Not only would this get them excited about reading, but it woud let them know that its available and how to get around it. I don't know about you, but when i first came to MSU and still a little now the MSU Library scared the crap out of me. I didn't know where anything was, or where I was allowed to go. We were given a tour in my IAH class and that helped me feel a lot more comfortable. Yes, it is big and scary and confusing, but there are too many resources to pass up. Taking kids to the class not only lets them know its available, it lets them know how to use it and get around which would make them much more likely to use it.

  2. This would be a great idea. Currently, I am doing a research project and we are only allowed to use the MSU library books- no Internet! It's challenging because I hardly remember how to search for books without using the Internet. I think going to a local library for a field trip would be a great way to show students how to find books for assignments (with or without the Internet!) Also, not all children would have a library card. This would be an opportune moment to introduce them to how library cards work, and encourage them to ask their parents for one. It certainly is a great way to encourage reading, show students part of their community, and teach them how to use books for different purposes!