Lesson Plan

Using the Online Catalog to Find Books

he online catalog can be used in a variety of ways to locate resources
Tracey W.
Media specialist/librarian
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Bronx, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be able to use the features of the online catalog to find resources. Students will  use online catalog independently to locate specific books, get classification numbers, and browse the shelves.

Social Studies
Grades 6
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1 Mini Lesson

Activity: Conversing

You will all be looking for books today about your topic using the online catalog. What information do you need to find a book? Students write down the answers in their notebooks and share out.Explain that students will use the catalog to find titles of books they want to use for their projects. The librarian will use their list to put together a book cart for class use.

Student Instructions

Before class, students will have been given a research project topic.Students will write down the information they need to complete their projects in their notebooks (Before the class begins)

2 Guided/ Independent / Share

Activity: Investigating

Show students how to get to the library catalog – have them follow along on laptopsShow students how to get to the Power Search tab. Refer to Online Catalog and go through the different ways to find books: Keyword, Subject – Show students how to find subjects through searching by keyword.Create a list on the board of student tips.Students will turn in their work to the librarian. The librarian will deliver a cart of books to the classroom by the end of the week.

Student Instructions

Students will use their new skills to find books using the online catalog and record their results in modified assessment .Students will be working in pairs.Students will be using technology.Students who excel at keyword and subject searching will be introduced to searching by call number.Students will share how many titles they found for the class cart.Students will reflect on their work by sharing search tips with the class.