Alphabetical order, author’s last name, spine label
Read an alphabet story. Ask students what kind of order the story was in (alphabetical, ABC). Ask students what else is in alphabetical order (the phone book, their names on the roll, etc.). Explain that the books on the shelf in the picture section are in alphabetical order, too. Include they are in order by the author’s last name, not the book title. Why? (in case there are two books with the same title, or you’re not sure of the exact title) Explain that alphabetical order makes it easier to find the book- it is always in the same place. Tie into last week’s lesson on books having a particular “address”.
Share another alphabet story, emphasizing the order and comparing it to the shelves. (You may even want to walk around the library and point to the areas as you get to that letter.)
Have students line up in alphabetical order by their last name, pretending to be books on a shelf.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY LESSON PLAN # 1-1.1b
National Literacy Standard
1.1 The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively by recognizing the need for information..
1.10(E) The student will use simple reference materials. A) Use knowledge of alphabetical order by first letter.
Students will identify that books in the library are in alphabetical order.
Students will locate fiction books in the library using the call number.
Tell students the name of a book that you wish to find. (Use a book in your collection) List the clues: title and author. Now say that you need to find the book using those clues. Explain that you will use the author’s name to figure our where it is, looking for the book’s call number / “address” on the spine label. (You may need to review call number/ address from the “Jolly Postman” lesson.)
After finding the book, you may want to share part of it/ read it with students.
Give students cards with fiction call numbers on them and have them find the matching shelf.