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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.
    Fourth Grade
    Grade 4 students are developing the following skills:
    ● Identifying the elements of various literary genres
    ● Supporting interpretation of story (characters, setting, plot) with specific evidence
    ● Choosing a variety of fiction and non-­fiction at an appropriate reading level
    ● Creating list of keywords based on prior knowledge when beginning research
    ● Formulating questions to advance research
    ● Beginning research by using the school library home page to access the online
    catalog, online encyclopedias, periodical and image databases
    ● Skimming and scanning text to determine if material is relevant
    ● Using a variety of note-­taking strategies as modeled by teacher and/or librarian (i.e.
    bullet points, keywords, facts, phrases)
    ● Paraphrasing to record information
    ● Recognizing that information on the same topic from two different sources can have
    ● Citing both print and online sources used during research
    ● Participating in discussions, listening well, and respecting others' ideas
    Understanding the basic structure of a website
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