This back to school library storytime walks you though the students’ first library lesson of the year! Designed with specials rotation librarians in mind, this activity includes a presentation, scavenger hunt activity, recommended reads, and lesson plan.
Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!
This lesson has 62 slides & pages, and includes:
- 40-slide Lesson Presentation, editable in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
- Most text is editable; images and heading text are not editable. You choose which slides you want to use.
- 20 slides are for the read-aloud and/or guided lesson that walks you through the “Welcome to the Library” storytime lesson.
- 16 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- List of recommended back-to-school read-alouds (1 page, PDF)
- All 22 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list.
- The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for high-quality, interesting books related to libraries and back-to-school.
- Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages)
- Students “hunt” for images and information in the “scrolling slides” part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
- Includes 2 scavenger hunts. One is images-only, and the other is images and text.
- Answer key is included.
- Elementary Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats, aligned to:
- AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
- National Common Core ELA Standards, and
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
- Detailed explanation of how Mrs. ReaderPants has used themed library lessons like this one for story time on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for scrolling slides (2 pages, PDF)
- Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)
20 Storytime Slides:
Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish. It’s a great welcome to the library, introduction to the librarian, and discussion of what we can learn in the library.
- 3 recommended library read-alouds. Each book has a recommended video link to accompany the story.
- 2 ASL sign language signs: “library” and “book” (includes how-to video links)
- Behavior expectations: What should our hands, feet, mouth, eyes, and ears be doing during library storytime?
- Who works in the library?
- Everyone belongs in the library
- What can we learn in the library?
- What is sign language?
- Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
- Checkout reminders slide: add your own reminders!
- “What Should We Do Now?” slide: This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.
16 Scrolling Slides:
Part 2 is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts. All images and information in the slides relate to library and back to school.
- Vocabulary word: “drowsy”
- How many books are in our library?
- Who else works in the school?
- Reminder to be kind to each other and ourselves: Back to school can be stressful!
- What is left-handedness?
- Library trivia question and answer: Who writes the books?
- The school year calendar in Australia
- Meet our school principal
- This week’s birthdays
- Weekly schedule and agenda
- Checkout reminders (you add your own!)
IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the back-to-school picture books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – A.2. – C1. – D.1. – D.3.
- Collaborate – A.2. – D.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.RL.K.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency.
- TEKS LA.K.5.B.
- TEKS LA.K.6.F.
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