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Free Choice Library Class: How-to Video & Lesson Plan


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1 class period, can be used anytime throughout the year

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Offering a “free-choice library” class is perfect for when you need quick and easy last-minute plan for a substitute, or when your library classes are modified or shortened due to school delays or special events. This video and lesson plan shows you how to set-up and implement it, and what you need to get started. 

Students check out books and choose an activity or center to do from a list of choices. While students are engaged in the activity choices, you can work on library management tasks while monitoring student behavior.

This streaming video + lesson plan bundle includes:

How-to Coaching Video (20 minutes)

  • I will walk you through step-by-step how a Free Choice Library day can look at your school and in your library space.
  • I will show you examples of which centers or activities to use with each grade level (K-5).

Comprehensive Lesson Plan & Materials List for Kindergarten through 5th Grade in editable Google Docs format + PDF file (5 pages), aligned to:

  • 2018 AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
  • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
  • Pennsylvania Core Standards for English Language Arts.

Customizable Library Floor Plan (3 template slides)

  • Editable in Google Slides for you to customize and plan out your library’s physical space for Free Choice Library days
  • Includes movable pieces for square tables, circle tables, and students chairs

Teacher Notes (included in the preview) with suggested activity choices, plus a list of supplies and materials you may need.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.

  • Collaborate – B.1.
  • Explore – A.1.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.4. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.4. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.3.4. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10.

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