• WELCOME TO THE MEDIA CENTER

     

    We're located in the middle of Wyoming Elementary School providing easy access for all students and staff.  Our doors are open during all school hours for students, staff, parents, and visitors.  Ms. Jenna Brown, the media.innovation specialist, is happy to help you with all of your information and leisure reading needs.  Please stop to see us when you're at Wyoming.


    Our Goal
    We strive to inspire students to become eager life-long learners and independent library users.  Students leave Wyoming Elementary knowing how to access, use, and evaluate information from a wide variety of sources and familiar with a number of authors, illustrators, and literature genres.

    Our Curriculum
    The media curriculum is designed to help students become life-long learners and self-reliant library users. In addition to checking out recreational and informational reading materials, students in grades K-6 are involved in weekly lessons with the media specialist.  Skills build upon those learned in previous years, so that by the time students leave sixth grade they are proficient in using the electronic search stations (card catalog), a wide variety of print, software, and online reference tools and are familiar with the works of many authors and illustrators.

    Activities during media lessons are integrated into the classroom curriculum, so the lessons are relevant for the students. The issues of copyright, appropriate use and reliability of sources are an important part of our lessons.

    GRADE-BY-GRADE CURRICULUM

    Kindergarten

    In kindergarten we focus on :

    • book care and responsibility
    • literature appreciation
    • learning about authors and illustrators
    • getting to know the media staff and how to ask for help
    • learning how to check out a book

     

    First Grade

    First graders review kindergarten skills and focus on :

    • literature appreciation
    • the parts of a book - title, author, illustrator, cover, spine, call number label
    • arrangement of books in alphabetical order by the author’s last name
    • book care and responsibility
    • elements of a story - setting, character, problem, solution
    • finding a book they like and finding a book they can read
    • the Caldecott Award, given for the best picture book of the year

     

    Second Grade

    Second graders review first grade skills and focus on :

    • literature appreciation
    • fiction and nonfiction - how to recognize them, what is the same and what is different about them, when would you read fiction or nonfiction
    • parts of a book - title page, copyright date, dedication, contents

     

    Third Grade

    Third graders review second grade skills and focus on :

    • using call numbers to locate books on their own
    • learning how to use the computer search stations to locate information about titles, authors, and subjects
    • using the information from the computer search stations to locate books on the shelves in all areas of the media center - everybody, fiction, and nonfiction
    • learning that the Dewey Decimal system helps them find nonfiction books on subjects that interest them
    • beginning reference tools - dictionaries and encyclopedias, guide words, alphabetical order folk and fairy tales

     

    Fourth Grade

    Fourth graders review third grade skills and focus on :

    • beginning reference tools - dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauruses
    • doing a major research project by choosing a country and looking in various sources for information, then creating a product to show their new knowledge
    • expanding computer search station skills
    • parts of a book - index, table of contents, appendix, glossary, bibliography
    • copyright and computer ethics

     

    Fifth Grade

    Fifth graders review fourth grade skills and focus on :

    • using research tools - biographical and geographical dictionary, atlases, almanacs, encyclopedias.  Students use both print and online sources.
    • biography and autobiography
    • learning how the Dewey Decimal system works
    • copyright and computer ethics

     

    Sixth Grade

    Sixth graders review fifth grade skills and focus on :

    • refining research tools skills - biographical and geographical dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, Facts about the Presidents, encyclopedias - both print and online
    • refining computer search station skills - learning about Boolean logic - “and, or, not” search terms, power searching
    • internet search techniques and evaluation of internet sites
    • copyright and computer ethics

     

    Our Check-out Policies

     

    Books
    Students will be able to check out books every other week. Students in grades two through six may check out two books at a time. They may have a third book if they are involved in a project for their class. We ask them to keep one of the three books in their desk at school during that time. Kindergarten and first graders begin the year checking out one book. They may check out a second book some time at the beginning of third quarter.

    Each class has a specified day when they come in for book check-out, but students are also encouraged and invited to come in any day (except A days) to exchange books.

    Media bags
    Media bags consist of a plastic bag with a paper back book and a cassette. Students may check out one media bag which counts as one of their two books.

    Reference
    Reference materials are used in the Media Center. In cases where a teacher has made a special request, some reference materials are checked out to a classroom for short term use. We have a couple of sets of older encyclopedias which can be checked out for home use.

    Overdues / Fines
    We do not charge fines for overdue books. An overdue notice is sent to classrooms at the beginning of each month. About one week later a special reminder is sent to individual students at school. If materials are still not returned or renewed at that time, a notice with the cost of the book is sent home. Students cannot check out new items until overdue ones are returned or paid for.

    Lost / Damaged items
    Students are asked to pay for lost or damaged items.  A receipt is sent home to the parents when we receive payment. We are thrilled to return money for any books that have later been found.

     Ms. Brown

    Ms. Jenna Brown