Did you know? Every April is School Library Month. Named by the American Association of School Librarians, this month is meant to celebrate school libraries and the programs that they offer to their students throughout their academic career. From kindergarten through college, libraries are an essential component of a school in that they provide students with the knowledge and resources needed to succeed in and out of the classroom. This April, make it a priority to involve students with your school library and encourage them to take part in activities that promote learning and fun at the same time. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of activities that you can incorporate into your library’s lesson plans this month:
Create a Bookmark: Provide students with a blank bookmark and allow them to decorate it however they want. Before decorating, however, suggest that students first pick out a book that they will use it in. Depending on the grade of your students, consider a bookmark contest where students must create a bookmark to match a specific theme. Then, have your librarian pick the top 3 bookmarks, make copies and distribute them to your class.
Scavenger Hunt: Design a scavenger hunt where students must travel throughout the library and retrieve certain information. For example, ask students to find a book that starts with a specific letter, a book with a specific author, or to list the different sections of your library. Don’t forget to include a reward for the student who finishes first. Consider allowing that student to pick out one of their favorite books and read a chapter to the class.
Magnet Poetry Board: If your library contains a white board or other magnetic surface, split students into groups and hand out a bag of magnetic words to each group. Ask each group to come up with a poem using the magnetic words. After a certain amount of time (as decided by the teacher or librarian), ask each group to put their poem on the board. This works great especially if you’re teaching students about haikus!
Library Trivia: Host a day of library trivia where students are challenged on library terms, search methods and more. Depending on your preference, split each class into teams or have classes from each grade compete against each other as a whole. Through this activity, students can become more familiar with how a library works, making it easier for them to find exactly what they’re looking for.
It’s important to remind students that learning can be fun; that’s why incorporating exciting activities into the school day is beneficial! At Nickerson Corporation, we understand the importance of using hands on activities for learning, and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide schools with the means to do so. Working with leading manufacturers, we supply a variety of flexible library shelving and furniture products that can maximize your efforts to reinforce the importance of participating in your school’s library. Products include desks, seating, book shelves and more that are comfortable, affordable and easy to use. Call us at 631-666-0200 for more information.