Library And Media Center

Library and Media Center

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 Overview

Our computer lab, together with our school library, provide the necessary tools for Pre Kindergarten through 8th grade students to be enriched through technology.

The computer lab features state of the art personal computers and a Smart Board. Students visit the lab for computer instruction with our media specialist. This aspect of the curriculum is designed to improve each students’ mastery of technology in accordance with the NJ Core Curriculum Standards for Educational Technology.

Technology is used throughout the curriculum across all subjects. Students utilize the computer lab when engaging in web based research, building writing portfolios and various collaborative projects.

Wireless internet is available in the school bringing technology to every classroom. Teachers facilitate learning through use of interactive white boards in all classrooms for grades 1 through 8.

Teachers and students have access to lap top computers available on the C.O.W. (computer on wheels) cart.

Library curriculum engages each grade level in thought provoking studies of non-fiction and literature. Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 learn about pertinent topics in their world and meet many new characters in the Media Center.

Pre-K and Kindergarten students focus on Big Books filled with rhyme and rhythm.  Recurring themes include everything from alphabet and counting to expressing feelings appropriately. 

Grades 1 and 2 enjoy the study of folk tales through play acting. Language Arts skills are strengthened by reading parts and developing dramatic voices.

Grade 3 and 4 lessons include Literature and Science articles from student periodical magazines as well as reading and discussing Tall Tales.

Grades 5 and 6 delve into American and World geography and enjoy many chapter books including two novels written by a guest author, Timothy Tocher. 

Grades 7 and 8 study themes from Shakespeare and how they are relevant today.  An in depth look at various current events enhances these lessons.

The Library Media Center is also the home for advanced literature studies.  Working in small groups, students read novels and answer question acting as literary critics.  The groups engage in vocabulary, topic, and setting studies and complicated character analysis with peers.  Novels are analyzed to discern an author’s purpose in the literature explored.  The conflicts explored in literature are discussed as they relate to students’ own lives. An atmosphere which nurtures a love of learning is created through use of technology for research on literature, group discussion and active involvement in literature.