5th Grade Library Media's Mission Statement
Respect, responsibility, perseverance, kindness and acceptance are the Core Values and guiding principles that dictate behavior and actions as students critically think, research, and learn 21st century skills. In our global society, where information and technology are always expanding and changing, students will learn to ethically and safely locate, interpret, analyze and evaluate information and media critically from multiple print and digital resources as they work towards becoming informational, visual and digitally literate.
Unit 1 - Class & Library Orientation
Unit 2 - Creating Network Folders
Unit 3 - Locate Materials Using the OPAC
Unit 4 - Book Review PowerPoint
Unit 5 - Making a Movie with MovieMaker
Unit 6 - Website Evaluation & Searching
Students learn that to conduct effective and efficient online searches, they must use a variety of searching strategies rather than relying on a single source. Students are introduced to copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators.
Currency - When was the information published or posted? Has the information been revised or updated? Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well? Are the links functional? If there are broken links or the date is from years ago then this website may be too old and it may have been abandoned by its creator.
Relevance - Does the information meet your needs. Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question? Who is the intended audience? Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
Authority - The source of the information. Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations? Is the author qualified to write on the topic? Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address? Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? Examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net
Accuracy - The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content. Where does the information come from? Is the information supported by evidence? Has the information been reviewed or refereed? Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge? Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion? Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
Purpose - The reason the information exists. What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade? Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear? Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? Does the point of view appear objective and impartial? Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?
Unit 7 - Digital Citizenship - Online Safety
Navigating cyberbullying, privacy, safety, and other digital dilemmas are a real challenge for schools. But technology also provides incredible opportunities for students to learn, connect, create, and collaborate in ways never before imagined. Our curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Students will learn that it is important to act responsibly when using digital media.
Essential Question: What kind of digital footprint do you want to have?
Grades for class work will be averaged and worth 45% of the final grade. Class Preparation grades will be averaged and worth 10% of the final grade. Tests and projects will be averaged and worth 45% of the final grade.
Tests & Projects (worth 45%): Test will be given at different times throughout the semester. The format may include: multiple choice, short answer, and short essay. Tests may also incorporate tasks or skills using computers and/or software. Projects are done in the computer lab, both individual and group projects. Each project will be graded using a rubric, which is available online.
Class Work is worth 45% of the final grade.
Tests and projects are worth 45% of the final grade.
Class Preparation (coming to class prepared) is worth 10% of the final grade.
Class work (Worth 45%): It is critical that class time be used to work diligently. All projects are completed in class and do not require students to do work at home.
Class Preparation (Worth 10%): To be prepared for class you should come with the necessary materials for your projects, such as, family photos, books, etc. The dates these materials are due will be discussed.
Respect, responsibility, perseverance, kindness and acceptance are the Core Values and guiding principles that dictate behavior and actions as students critically think, research, and learn 21st century skills in my classroom.
Missed Classes: If a student misses a class, it is his or her responsibility to get and complete missed work. If the missed assignment requires the use of software that they do not have access to, it is their responsibility to set up a time with me to catch up in our classroom.
Late Work: Extensions will be given to projects due to changes in schedules, school closings, illness, technical issues and other factors. There will be no reduction in grades when work is handed in during the extension timeframe. Any work handed in after the extension period will receive a 10% reduction for each day it is late. The lowest grade given is a 50.
Extra Credit: Points may be earned for doing work beyond what was requested of the class. This will be done at the teacher’s discretion. Extra credit work will not be used to replace projects not completed, but will be used to earn additional points after completing required work.
Movie Maker instructions