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.
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
4. Locating my Favourite Fairy Tale Book
- 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.
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