Camden-Rockport Middle School

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Grade 5


Library skills at Camden-Rockport Middle School are taught by the librarian in conjunction with the various subject areas as well in focused 5th and 6th grade Anchor library skills classes.

Throughout grades 5-8, the library is available to students for fiction and nonfiction reading on a wide variety of reading levels. Each month, approximately 1000 books circulate. The collection is wide-ranging in order to meet the needs of the different ages, maturity, reading levels, and interests of the students as well as to support, the curriculum.

Each 5th grader attends focused orientation sessions early in the school year to ensure that student are familiar with and comfortable using the library. These sessions focus on book location, care and feeding of books, appropriate library behavior, genres, fiction and nonfiction, book selection, etc. These students also learn how to appropriately use of the library website, catalog, and Destiny Quest. Later in the school year, 5th graders use the library’s resources to research the key attributes of the thirteen colonies. Throughout the year, 5th graders visit the library with their classroom teachers to select and check out library books and Nooks.

During the 22 session 5th grade Anchor library skills unit,  5th grade students are introduced to research using both print and non-print primary and secondary sources, note-taking, outlining, and works cited (attribution of sources) within a framework based on Benjamin Franklin.