A book by me in the library!
Have your students imagine themselves as authors. Their books are so good that they have copies of them in the school library! In this lesson students will use library and alphabetizing skills to create a pretend book spine of a "book" that they have authored. Using a template page included in this lesson, each student will title their "book" and create the correct call number using the first three letters of their last name. For interest, students may check in the OPAC to see if anyone with their last name has authored a book in the LMC. Then students will locate the exact spot on the shelves where their "book" belongs; sliding it between the correct two books for the LMS to check. As a secondary project, the class "books" could be put in alphabetical order as a wall or bulletin board display.
Each student will require: Pencil Book Spine page Access to OPAC (not all at once) Access to fiction collection shelving Also have a finished Book Spine made by LMS (complete with exciting title and proper call number) to show as example. Have call number flashcards or whiteboard available; also have a dictionary, nonfiction book, and phone book, as well as fiction books, available as examples of resources in which information is organized alphabetical order.
LMS will observe students as they work. Emphasis will be on following directions. Book Spine completion will be assessed, as well as finding the correct shelf location for their "book".