The library media program in the elementary school provides the foundation skills for students to become critical users of information, and readers for lifelong learning. Standards for the 21st-Century Learner published by the American Association of School Librarians provides the framework for instruction. By the end of grade 5 students will:
Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.
Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
Make sense of information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information and point of view or bias.
Demonstrate mastery of technology tools to access information and pursue inquiry.
Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
Continue an inquiry-based research process by applying critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, organization) to information and knowledge in order to construct new understandings, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge.
Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.
Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
Conclude an inquiry-based research process by sharing new understandings and reflecting on the learning.
Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.
Contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the learning community.
Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres.
Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing interest in various literary genres.