Kindergarten meets once weekly for 30 minutes; half class.
Grade 1 meets once weekly for 30 minutes; whole class.
Grades 2 and 3 meet once weekly for 40 minutes; whole class.
Grade 4 meets once weekly for 45 minutes; half class.
The Maret lower school library takes joy in developing in students a lifelong love of reading by providing them access to a wide range of diverse and up-to-date materials for pleasure reading and research. The lower school library houses a 10,000-volume print collection and access to robust online resources. A full-time librarian meets with the students once a week to guide them in making appropriate reading choices and teach the research process through library lessons that are integrated with each grade’s curricular content.
Kindergartners become acquainted with library procedures, including book responsibilities such as returning books on time and taking proper care of them. Children learn about the different sections of the library and to identify the differences between fiction and nonfiction. By the end of the year, they are able to name each part of a book: title, author, illustrator, front cover, back cover, spine, spine label, barcode, title page, dedication page, and copyright page. Students listen to and discuss stories related to classroom curriculum, including picture books, songbooks, and fairy tales, and books about cultural heritage, animals, and habitats.
First graders build on skills gained in kindergarten library classes by reviewing library procedures and learning to locate library books independently. They access particular online resources independently, including the library catalog and Sora ebooks. Students listen to and discuss stories related to classroom curriculum, including personal narratives (Reader’s Workshop), communities, and empathy. Students are also introduced to the research process. They are encouraged to select a mix of personal choice and “just right” books that are appropriate for their reading levels.
Second GradeIn second grade, students are introduced to the Fabulous 5 Research Model (used in grades 1–4), which teaches them to wonder, investigate, create, express, and reflect upon their work. Children learn to independently use nonfiction resources in both print and online formats, including dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, and specialized databases. They listen to and discuss stories related to classroom curriculum, including cultural heritage, states, persuasive writing, and picture/chapter series.
Third graders continue to use print and online resources to complete research for class projects using the Fabulous 5 Research Model. They listen to, discuss, and analyze stories from specific fictional genres, including mysteries, fairy tales, and historical fiction related to their classroom curriculum. Children benefit from book talks on chapter books that might interest them. They begin preparing for the research they will conduct in fourth grade by learning about nonfiction text features, summarizing, and paraphrasing.
Fourth graders dive deeply into the research process and explore the library’s various online and print resources. They learn to apply organizational tools to the research process, identify reliable sources, and distinguish between primary and secondary sources. They study plagiarism, copyright, and fair use, and they learn to create bibliographies for their work using the site NoodleTools. Students continue to listen to stories related to classroom curriculum as well as high-interest book talks.