I’m not as familiar with books written specifically to teach library skills as perhaps I should be. I kind of think that only librarians like those stories. I have a collection of them in my office, but have rarely glanced at them.
In a meeting recently the Library Gingerbread Man title was brought up. I remembered glancing at it on my shelf, but never reading it. When I took the time to do so I decided that it was a decent retelling of the traditional tale and worth reading to my third graders.
I am teaching a unit on library organization for their library rotation this month. We’re starting with Library Gingerbread Man and next week we will go to the computer lab to learn how to search the catalog.
To go with the Gingerbread Man, I created a sliderocket presentation. I wanted to add additional illustration to the sections of Dewey to enhance the story. Then I looped the slides a second time and added book covers that represent the sections of Dewey.
During my lesson I read the story first and used the first half of the presentation. Pairs of students were sent to each Dewey section to record what kind of books were there. I used the second half of the presentation to illustrate their results as they reported back to the class.