Heathcote School Library
    Miss Sorensen, School Librarian
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    Libraries Build Independent Learners Through Information Fluency and Inquiry

    The goal of the Scarsdale librarians is to encourage every student to develop a life-long love of literature and research. A collaborative approach between the librarian and the classroom teacher allows for authentic teaching of literature and information fluency skills and strategies. Students need to use the skills of inquiry to learn essential content and to construct new meaning. Instruction, designed around an inquiry framework, generates active learning and the formation of new understandings.

    The information fluency skills required for independent and lifelong learning follow a coherent developmentally appropriate continuum of instruction and practice throughout grades K-12. This enables all of our children to succeed in our ever-expanding information rich world.
    First Grade
    Grade 1 students are developing the following skills:
    ● Respect for library and library materials
    ● Knowing that the online catalog is used to locate materials within the library
    ● Exploring and choosing materials based on personal interests
    ● Selecting and using fiction and non-­fiction sources
    ● Making connections to prior knowledge
    ● Extracting information from illustrations
    ● Identifying facts which can answer specific questions
    ● Identifying characters, setting, and problem/resolution in a story
    ● Discussing characteristics of the work of favorite authors and illustrators
    ● Participating in discussions and actively listening
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