Media Center Discovery: 180 Ready-to-Use Activities for Language Arts, Grades 5-8


An easy-to-use resource for teaching students about print, nonprint, and electronic library materials This concise guide connects media center resources-both print and electronic-with thoughtful and involving activities supporting language arts and social studies courses in middle and junior high school. Filled with fun and innovative activities and games, the book encourages student collaboration, builds critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and helps develop independent research skills. It ...

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An easy-to-use resource for teaching students about print, nonprint, and electronic library materials This concise guide connects media center resources-both print and electronic-with thoughtful and involving activities supporting language arts and social studies courses in middle and junior high school. Filled with fun and innovative activities and games, the book encourages student collaboration, builds critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and helps develop independent research skills. It personalizes searches for information and connects learning to a meaningful project while simplifying complex tasks and processes. Barbara R. Hamm (Chesterfield, MO) has taught in both public and parochial schools for over 26 years. Her professional credentials include a life certificate in elementary education and certifications as a learning resources director, library media specialist, and instructional designer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787969608
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Series: A Marketplace Book Series, #162
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara R. Hamm has taught in both public and parochial schools for more than twenty-six years. She has been a classroom teacher, a computer specialist, and a library media specialist. Her professional credentials include a life certificate in elementary education and certifications as a learning resources director, library media specialist, and instructional designer.

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Table of Contents


ALA Standards.

Lesson Summary.


0.1 Getting the Most Out of Your Library.

0.2 Library Media Center Organizational Systems.

0.3 Sample Reference Materials.

0.4 Questions.

About the Author.

UNIT ONE: Getting to Know Your Library Media Center.

LESSON 1-A: Mapping the Library Media Center.


1.1 Library Media Center Floor Plan.

1.2 Dewey Decimal Classification List.


1.1 Library Map Labels.

1.2 Create an Outline Map.

1.3 Location, Location, Location.


1.1 Scavenger Hunt.

1.2 Location, Location.

1.3 Fiction/Nonfiction Order.

1.4 Titles to Locate.

1.5 Where Can I Find It?


1.1 Plant a Flag.

1.2 Team Plant a Flag.

1.3 Plant a Flag—Individuals.

1.4 Trivia Research.

LESSON 1-B: Using the Print and Electronic Card Catalogs.


1.3 Card Catalog Glossary.

1.4 Electronic Catalog Search.

1.5 How to Use the Online Catalog.


1.4 Creating Catalog Cards.

1.5 Call Slip to Material Retrieval.

1.6 Look It Up.


1.6 Identify the Parts of a Card.

1.7 Identify the Information on a Card.

1.8 Catalog to Spine Label.

1.9 Practice Electronic Search.

1.10 Research Skills.

1.11 Which Is Best?

1.12 Match Author, Subject, and Title.


1.5 Pass the Torch (Tic-Tac-Toe).

UNIT TWO: Using Reference Resources.

LESSON 2-A: Learning and Using the Parts of a ReferenceBook.


2.1 Sample Book Pages.

2.2 Parts of a Book.


2.1 Book Parts I.

2.2 Book Parts II.


2.1 The Parts Game.

2.2 Stump the Student.

LESSON 2-B: How to Use a Table of Contents.


2.3 Table of Contents.


2.1 Using the Table of Contents and Index I.

2.2 Using the Table of Contents and Index II.


2.3 Table of Contents and Index I.

2.4 Table of Contents and Index II.

2.5 Table of Contents and Index III.

2.6 Chapters.

LESSON 2-C: How to Use an Index.


2.4 Using Indexes.


2.3 Using Indexes.


2.7 Index.

LESSON 2-D: How to Use a Glossary.


2.5 Glossary.


2.8 Guide Words in the Glossary.

2.9 Glossary and Guide Words.

2.10 Do You Know?

2.11 My Own Glossary.

LESSON 2-E: How to Use a Bibliography.


2.6 Correct Ways to Cite Resources.


2.12 Writing Bibliographies.

2.13 Understanding Bibliographies.

UNIT THREE: Using Reference Resources: GeneralInformation.

LESSON 3-A: Almanac.


3.1 Almanac.


3.1 Almanac Scavenger Hunt.

3.2 Almanac Research.


3.1 Planet Search.

3.2 States Search.

3.3 Old Farmers Almanac.


3.1 Please . . . The Answer.

LESSON 3-B: Dictionary.


3.2 Dictionary.

3.3 Singular to Plural.


3.3 Word of the Day.


3.4 Dictionary Skills.


3.2 Dictionary Word.

3.3 Bluffo.

LESSON 3-C: Thesaurus.


3.4 Thesaurus.


3.4 Thesaurus Team Chant.


3.5 Building a Chain.

3.6 Check Synonyms and Antonyms.


3.4 Build a Chain.

LESSON 3-D: Encyclopedia.


3.5 Encyclopedia.


3.7 Encyclopedia.

3.8 Dictionary and Encyclopedia.



LESSON 3-E: Record Books.


3.6 Guinness and Other Record Books.


3.5 Our Record Book.


3.9 Who Are the Record Holders?

UNIT FOUR: Using Reference Resources: Geography.

LESSON 4-A: Atlas.


4.1 Atlas Glossary.


4.1 Virtual Vacation.

4.2 Atlas, Atlas, Atlas.

4.3 Hop, Skip, and Jump!


4.1 Passport Hop, Skip, and Jump!

LESSON 4-B: Maps.


4.2 Map Glossary.


4.1 Weather Map.

4.2 Maps in the News.


4.4 Check Map Terms.

4.5 My Land Map.

4.6 Home Team Advantage.


4.2 Orienteering in the Library Media Center.

LESSON 4-C: Gazetteer: A Geographical Dictionary.


4.3 Gazetteer Glossary.

4.4 Geography and Earth Facts.


4.7 Where in the World?


4.3 Pin the World.

UNIT FIVE: Using Reference Resources: Biography andQuotations.

LESSON 5-A: Biography.


5.1 Types of Biography.

5.2 Memoir.


5.1 Take Notes: Personal Interviews.

5.2 Take Notes: Print Biographies.

5.3 Take Notes: Outline.

5.4 Interview Show.

5.5 Family Biography.

5.6 You’re Special.

5.7 Biography Trading Cards.

5.8 Picture Collage.

5.9 Secret Identity.

5.10 Cartoon Biography.


5.1 Biographies.


5.1 Biography Jeopardy.

LESSON 5-B: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.


5.11 Copy Quotations.


5.2 Who Said . . . ?

UNIT SIX: Using Reference Resources: CurrentInformation.

LESSON 6-A: Introduction to Periodicals.


6.1 Periodicals.


6.1 Choose the Periodical.

LESSON 6-B: Newspapers.


6.2 Newspaper Glossary.


6.1 The Five W’s and How.

6.2 Newspaper Photos.

6.3 Travel with the Newspaper.

6.4 Compare Newspapers.


6.2 Newspaper Index.

6.3 Photojournalist.

6.4 Comics.

6.5 Mock Newspaper.

6.6 Figures of Speech.


6.1 Got a Minute?.

6.2 Newspaper Scavenger Hunt I.

6.3 Newspaper Scavenger Hunt II.

LESSON 6-C: Magazines.


6.3 Magazine Glossary.


6.5 Magazine Cover.


6.7 Magazine Selection.

6.8 Magazines.

6.9 Magazine Research.

LESSON 6-D: Reader’s Guide to PeriodicalLiterature.


6.4 Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature.


6.10 Reader’s Guide.

LESSON 6-E: Vertical Files.


6.6 Compare Various Sources.

6.7 Story Board.

6.8 Create Visual Aids.

LESSON 6-F: Outside the Library Media Center.


6.9 Outside Resources Report.

UNIT SEVEN: Dewey Decimal Classification System.

LESSON 7-A: Dewey Decimal Classification System.


7.1 Dewey Decimal Classification Numbers.


7.1 Dewey and the Alien.

7.2 Searching for Dewey.


7.1 Dewey Pictures.

7.2 Practicing Dewey.


7.1 Dewey Jeopardy.

UNIT EIGHT: Fiction.

LESSON 8-A: Books from Cover to Cover.


8.1 Book Glossary.

8.2 Fiction.

8.3 Nonfiction.

8.4 Building a Story.


8.1 Dust Jacket.

8.2 Spine Labels.


8.1 Cause and Effect.

8.2 Characters.

LESSON 8-B: Student’s Literature Genres.


8.5 Genre Glossary.

LESSON 8-C: Folklore, Myths, and Legends.


8.6 Nonfiction Fable Table.

LESSON 8-D: Fables, Tall Tales, and Folk Tales.

LESSON 8-E: Poetry.


8.7 Poetry Glossary.


8.3 Activities with Poetry.

LESSON 8-F: Award Winners.


8.8 Award Winners.


8.3 Checking the Firsts.

LESSON 8-G: Book Reports.


8.4 Book Report Planning Sheet.

8.5 Fairy Tale Headlines.

8.6 History Book Report.

LESSON 8-H: Copyright.


8.9 Copyright Laws and Rules.


8.7 Checking Copyright.

UNIT NINE: Electronic Materials.

LESSON 9-A: Videotapes, CDs, DVDs, and Audiotapes.


9.1 Closed Captioning.

9.2 Which Is Better?

9.3 Music, Music, Music.

LESSON 9-B: Microfiche.


9.1 Microfiche Glossary.


9.4 Paper to Plastic to Paper 300

UNIT TEN: Computers and the Internet.

LESSON 10-A: Search Engines.


10.1 Rules for Searching the Web.

10.2 Rules for Browsing the Web.

10.3 Search Engines and Online Information.


10.1 Computer Research.

LESSON 10-B: Using the Internet.

LESSON 10-C: Electronic Reference Software.

LESSON 10-D: Word Processing.


10.4 Word Processing Glossary.

LESSON 10-E: Production Software.


10.5 HyperStudio.

10.6 Kid Pix.

10.7 PowerPoint.


10.1 Practice Procedures.

UNIT ELEVEN: Using What You Have Learned: Writing andPublishing.

LESSON 11-A: Organizational Systems.


11.1 Library Media Center Organizational Systems 329


11.1 Find the Organizational System.

LESSON 11-B: Self-Organization.


11.2 Self-Organization Checklist.

LESSON 11-C: Topic Generation.


11.3 Topic Generation.

11.4 Look at the Whole Story.


11.2 Resource Evaluation Table.

LESSON 11-D: Note Taking.


11.5 Tips for Note Taking.


11.3 Listening.

LESSON 11-E: Prewriting.


11.6 Prewriting Techniques.

LESSON 11-F Basic Outlining.


11.7 Basic Outline Form.

LESSON 11-G: Timeline.


11.8 Timeline.

LESSON 11-HDraf t Writing.


11.9 Draft Writing.

11.10 Draft Writing Checklist.

LESSON 11-I Publishing.


11.11 Publishing Checklist.

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First Chapter

Media Center Discovery

180 Ready-to-Use Activities for Language Arts, Grades 5-8
By Barbara R. Hamm

John Wiley & Sons

Copyright © 2004 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7879-6960-5

Chapter One

Getting to Know Your Library Media Center


Mapping the Library Media Center

To the Instructor

How many times a day do students ask, "Where can I find ...?" or "Where is ...?" One way to develop independent learners at every grade level is to spend time at the beginning of each school year reviewing the arrangement of materials in your library media center.


1. Students become familiar with the library media center by completing outline maps or by creating their own maps of the library.

2. Students understand where to locate various source materials in the library.



1.1 Library Media Center Floor Plan

1.2 Dewey Decimal Classification List

Transparency of your library floor plan (no page)

Representative materials from the library shelves

Teaching and Preparation

1. Conduct a tour of the library media center.

2. Use a transparency to review the organization of your library resources. Modify the transparency to meet your needs.

3. Introduce the types of materials in your library.

4. Review the various tasks that would be carried out at thecirculation desk and search stations.

5. Have students complete maps and other activities.

6. Review Internet references (Librarians Index to the Internet) (Library of Congress) (Internet Public Library) (Department of Education)


1.1 Library Map Labels

1.2 Create an Outline Map

1.3 Location, Location, Location (Note: Crossword puzzle was made with the use of

Students map the library media center on their own. Variation: students design their own library media center. (no page) Compare Dewey Classification sections with sections in your library. (no page)


1.1 Scavenger Hunt

1.2 Location, Location

1.3 Fiction/Nonfiction Order

1.4 Titles to Locate

1.5 Where Can I Find It?


1.1 Plant a Flag

1.2 Team Plant a Flag

1.3 Plant a Flag-Individuals

1.4 Trivia Research

Connections to the Curriculum

Locate the sections of the library where you will find the following:

Art-artist biographies

Language arts-spelling word list-dictionary

Math-math games-Dewey section 510

Music-recording of Mozart-audio collection

Physical education-athletic records-Dewey section 030

Science-National Geographic article about ants-periodicals

Social studies-video of prehistoric animals-video collection

Answer Key


Crossword puzzle answers appear on the page following the puzzle.


1. Dictionary 6. Thesaurus 8. Dictionary

2. Card catalog 7. Encyclopedia 9. Newspaper

3. Almanac 10. Atlas

4. Dewey/Encyclopedia

5. Biography


Location answers will vary.

1. Circulation desk 5. Reference section 9. Newspapers

2. Card catalog 6. Biography section 10. New acquisitions section 3. Paperbacks section 7. Dictionary

4. Card catalog 8. Computer



1. F/ADA 5. F/CLE 8. F/LIT

2. F/ALC 6. F/FAR 9. F/SAC

3. F/BIA 7. F/GIP 10. F/SPY

4. F/CLE


1. 385/DAY 5. 636.7/POS 8. 796.6/EVA

2. 387/HOA 6. 636.8/FED 9. 796.7/RAD

3. 568/DAL 7. 793.7/AND 10. 798.2/GRE

4. 636.6/ZIM


1. Nonfiction 5. Fiction 8. Fiction

2. Reference 6. Nonfiction 9. Nonfiction

3. Fiction 7. Reference (10.) Answers 6 and 9

4. Reference


1. d 5. c 9. h

2. f 6. b 10. b

3. c 7. e 11. b

4. e 8. a 12. g

GAME 1.1

1. Periodicals 5. Electronic materials 8. Biography section

2. Reference 6. Periodicals 9. Reference-atlas

3. Circulation desk 7. Computer area 10. Dewey-900s

4. Electronic materials

Library Media Center Floor Plan

Circulation desk Internet computers

Reference shelf Word processing computers

Biography Videotapes

Fiction Audiotapes

Nonfiction Dictionary stand

Newspapers Television

Periodicals Book truck

Vertical file Display case

Paperback display New acquisitions

Dewey Decimal Classification List

010 Bibliography 510 Mathematics 020 Library Science 520 Astronomy 030 General Encyclopedias 530 Physics 040 General Collected Essays 540 Chemistry and Allied Sciences 050 General Periodicals 550 Earth Sciences 060 General Societies 560 Paleontology 070 Newspaper Journalism 570 Anthropology and Biology 080 Collected Works 580 Botanical Sciences 090 Manuscript and Rare Books 590 Zoological Sciences

110 Metaphysics 610 Medical Sciences 120 Metaphysical Theories 620 Engineering 130 Branches of Psychology 630 Agriculture 140 Philosophical Topics 640 Home Economics 150 General Psychology 650 Business 160 Logic 660 Chemical Technology 170 Ethics 670 Manufactures 180 Ancient and Medieval 680 Other Manufactures 190 Modern Philosophy 690 Building Construction

210 Natural Theology 710 Landscape and Civil Art 220 Bible 720 Architecture 230 Doctrinal Theology 730 Sculpture 240 Devotional and Practical 740 Drawing and Decorative Arts 250 Pastoral Theology 750 Painting 260 Christian Church 760 Prints and Print Making 270 Christian Church History 770 Photography 280 Christian Churches and Sects 780 Music 290 Other Religions 790 Recreation

310 Statistics 810 American Literature in English 320 Political Science 820 English and Old English 330 Economics 830 Germanic Literatures 340 Law 840 French, Provencal, Catalan 350 Public Administration 850 Italian and Rumanian 360 Social Welfare 860 Spanish and Portuguese 370 Education 870 Latin and Other Italic Literature 380 Public Services and Utilities 880 Classical and Modern Greek 390 Customs and Folklore 890 Other Literature

410 Comparative Linguistics 910 Geography, Travels, Description 420 English and Anglo-Saxon 920 Biography 430 Germanic Languages 930 Ancient History 440 French, Provencal, Catalan 940 Europe 450 Italian and Rumanian 950 Asia 460 Spanish and Portuguese 960 Africa 470 Latin and Other Italic 970 North America 480 Classical and Modern Greek 980 South America 490 Other Languages 990 Other Parts of the World

Library Map Labels

Directions: Students receive copies of this page and write their names in each section, then cut this page apart. Students will place each section in the correct area of the library media center. The teacher, the librarian, or peers may then collect the labels, or they can be collected by another class. There can be a game or activity to check for the accuracy. The idea is for students to check and help each other locate the materials.

Create an Outline Map

Directions: Students draw the floor plan of your library media center (including windows, doors, and so on). In the Location column, write directions such as "Northeast corner." Students can then compare floor plans to check for accuracy.

Resource Location

Audiotapes Biography Card catalog CD-ROM, computer software Circulation desk Copy machine Dictionary stand Display cases Internet search computers Periodicals: newspapers, magazines Paperback books Reference shelves Tables and chairs Television Vertical file Videotapes

Location, Location, Location

Across Down

1. Real information 2. Search for books available in the library 4. Books printed with soft covers 3. Storage of large maps and pictures 5. Materials used only in the library 6. Newspapers and magazines 9. Desk where books are borrowed and 7. Make-believe stories returned 8. Books about a person's life 10. Equipment used to access the Internet or do word processing

Location, Location, Location Crossword Solution

Across Down

1. Real information 2. Place to search for books available in the library 4. Books printed with soft covers 3. Storage of large maps and pictures 5. Materials used only in the library 6. Newspapers and magazines 9. Desk where books are borrowed and 7. Make-believe stories returned 8. Book about a person's life 10. Equipment used to access the Internet or do word processing

Scavenger Hunt What do I need? Where do I go to discover the answer? (Use with library map)

1. Where can I check the way a word is spelled?

2. Where can I find out if the library has a book about computers?

3. Where would I go to learn which baseball team won the World Series in 1990?

4. Where can I find information about what food parakeets eat?

5. Where would I go to find out how many home runs Babe Ruth hit in his career?

6. Where can I go to find out if there is another word to use in place of the word help?

7. Where could I find what general information is available about butterflies?

8. Where would I learn how to pronounce a word?

9. Where can I find the weather forecast for tomorrow?

10. Where can I find how far it is from the city where I live to the capital city of my state?

Location, Location

Directions: You are always asking the librarian to help you find materials. Today you will give the directions. The answers will supply directions and name the section of the library. Answers will include "north," "south," "east," or "west," or "right" or "left," like a treasure map.

Example: We will watch a video about using the library. Go to the television activity area. It's located on the north wall.

1. To return your borrowed books you go to the _____________________. It's located on the _____________________ wall.

2. To locate a fiction book for a book report you go to the _____________________. It is located _____________________.

3. You want to borrow a paperback version of the book. It is located ____________________.

4. You want to find out if the library has a book about insects. You will use the _____________________. It is located _____________________.

5. The reference books are located _____________________.

6. Your social studies teacher wants you to learn about the life of Abraham Lincoln. You go to the _____________________.

7. You need to learn at least three definitions for the word idea. You will use the _____________________ located _____________________.

8. You need to do research using the Internet. You will use the _____________________ located _____________________.

9. You need to find the top news story of the day. You will use the _____________________ located _____________________.

10. The librarian has announced the arrival of some new books on penguins. You will go to the _____________________ located _____________________.

Fiction/Nonfiction Order

Directions: Use the card catalog information to place these titles in alphabetical order, with the fiction books in one column and the nonfiction books in the second column according to their spine-level information.

F Beverly Cleary 568 Kathleen Daly F Richard Adams CLE Henry and Beezus DAL Dinosaurs ADA Watership Down 636.6 Herbert S. Zim F Walter Farley 385 John Day ZIM Parakeets FAR The Black Stallion DAY Trains F Elsa Biak 387 Robert Hoare F Jean Little BIA Tizz and Company HOA Travel by Sea LIT From Anna 796.7 Edward Radlauer F Beverly Cleary 796.6 Ken Evans RAD Wild Wheels CLE Henry Huggins EVA Cycling F Louisa M. Alcott 636.8 Jan Feder F Fred Gipson ALC Little Women FED Life of a Cat GIP Old Yeller 798.2 Carol Green F Johanna Spyri 793.7 V. Anderson GRE Let's Ride SPY Heidi AND Thinking Games Book F Marilyn Sachs 636.7 Elsa Posell SAC Bus Ride POS Dogs

Place the information above into either of the two columns, Fiction or Nonfiction. Be sure to write the spine label, author, and title in the correct order.


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