School Library Activities – Involve, Innovate and Ignite the reading habit.

Library classes / time should be the most important part /class / period in a school’s curriculum, but sadly this gets sidelined across a lot of schools and is also categorized under the secondary priority when it comes to course completion and other activities. Thankfully some emphasis has come through extra reading evaluation started by CCE, but still a hell lot is still to be done. A lot of work can be done in junior classes to make them interested in reading.
At our school we have been working on this, I am listing down my five favourite activities we have been                                                                                      trying to do with the students,

1. Building the story Pyramid

Each of the students are given a book, like a small mostly pictorial in nature along with some text. The student reads it and later is given a worksheet to describe the book in the form of a pyramid.

Line 1 — one word, stating the name of main character
Line 2 — two words, describing the main character
Line 3 — three words, describing the setting
Line 4 — four words, stating the problem
Line 5 — five words, describing one event
Line 6 — six words, describing a second event
Line 7 — seven words, describing third event
Line 8 — eight words, stating the solution to the problem
 
for example (Ramayana)
 
Ram
Honest, Obedient
Ayodhya, Successor, Old Father
Stepmother, Ambition, Brother, Exile
Sita, Kidnap, Hanuman, Monkey-Army, Bridge
War, Vibhishan, Fire in Lanka, Medicine(Sanjeevani), Ten Heads Ravana, Jatayu
Victory, Truth, Air plane, Back to home, Peace, Ram Rajya, Brothers united

2. A permanent section in the school student’s almanac

For the entire year we have created a permanent section in the  almanac for the teacher/librarian.Student/parent to track the list of books they have read during the entire year. This is supplemented by a worksheet or by a group discussion after reading each of the book where students talk about the following aspects of the book;
What have they read
Who is the author
The idea in the story
Does it happen in real life

3. A Train journey in the school library

Students are asked to make a train with one behind the other, the librarian become the engine. The train stops at all major landmarks  within the library. Various section inside the library like Newspapaer, Magazine, Biographies, Fiction, Non Fiction, Encyclopedia, General Books, Reference books, Audio Visual corner. This way the students get an idea what is in store for them.

4. Locating my Favourite Fairy Tale Book

Students are given ideas about fairy tale stories and are asked to go and search the book in the library. Once they have found and read it. They are asked to fill in details on the worksheet which are as follows;
  • Who is the author.
  • Accession/ Call number of the book.
  • In which section was it kept .
  • Draw a illustration of the lead character on the page.

5. Quiz

This one is simple, students are first told about the encyclopedias and information stored in them, Students are then divided into groups and each of the group is given an encyclopedia. The teacher throws different question to different question which are housed inside their respective encyclopedia. THe teams have to find the answers, the fastest group wins the contest.
There are many more ideas in terms of worksheet which can be done, but there is also a fear of converting library into another class. Anyway, I hope the librarians can derive some joy out of the activities listed above.

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Abhiney Singh

Abhiney Singh

Managing Director at Brighton International School
I run a school called Brighton International School (www.brightoninternational.in).
I am also now a partner with a School consulting company which helps budding educators or investors start school or gain access to help related to school. The help could be in the form of Turnkey School Consultation, Detailed Project report, Project Finance, Business Plan consulting, Recruitment planning, Infrastructure consultation, Affiliation Consultation, Teacher’s Training, Academic and Curriculum Planning. I now have a decade of work experience. I strongly believe in improving every day and I have tremendous respect for people who pursue their dreams with undying passion and enthusiasm.
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