Heathcote School Library
    Ms. Soza, 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.


    Fifth Grade
    The information-­fluent student in Grade 5 is developing the following skills:
    ● Recognizing features of different literary genres
    ● Reading a variety of fiction and non-­fiction
    ● Distinguishing between questions which can be answered by simple fact finding,
    those which cannot be answered, and those which lend themselves to an interesting
    inquiry topic
    ● Researching using the school library homepage to access the online catalog, online
    encyclopedias, periodical and image databases
    ● Skimming and scanning to evaluate information for relevance
    ● Evaluating facts for accuracy and recognizing that different sources can provide
    conflicting information
    ● Identifying relevant details
    ● Using various note-­taking strategies, including highlighting, underlining, lists, or
    graphic organizers
    ● Using evidence from text to support opinions
    ● Reformulating ideas as new information is gathered
    ● Citing all sources properly, using model supplied by teacher and/or librarian
    ● Participating in discussions, listening well, and respecting others' ideas
    ● Understanding the structure and navigation tools of a website
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