Dear Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Parents,
Our school library media specialist works collaboratively with the entire learning community to promote literacy. Literacy is the ability to read, write, comprehend, and communicate. For the twenty-first century learner, literacy extends beyond the functional skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening to include visual, media, and information literacies. These new literacies focus on an individual's capacity to use and make critical judgments about the information they encounter on a daily basis.
Currently, all kindergarten through fifth grade students visit the media center each week to check out reading materials for pleasure and/or class projects. In addition to the regularly scheduled media center time, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students will receive a class titled Information Literacy. This 30 minute class will integrate reading literacy, research and technology skills and will be taught by the media specialist. Research studies show that schools with a strong library media program, taught by a certified school library media teacher, helps to increase student achievement. The goal of this curriculum is to provide our students with yet another opportunity to help them to develop the necessary lifelong learning skills that will prepare them for their journey throughout the twenty-first century.
We are very excited about the Information Literacy class and are looking forward to a successful year! Be sure to ask your child about this class and all that he/she is learning during the school year.