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Library Media Center

Welcome to the Fred C Underhill School Library Media Center

The Library Media program is designed to provide students with the library, information literacy, media and technology skills they will need to be successful throughout their school years and beyond.  The library and technology skills we teach are based on the American Library Association’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner and the state of  New Hampshire Information and Communication Technologies standards (ICT)

Karen Landsman, Media/Technology Integration Specialist

Josie Eaton, Library Assistant

Click below to connect to our online catalog:

Screen shot of the school library catalog page

The goals of the Library Media Program are:

  • support learning at Underhill School by providing resources, storytime, information literacy lessons, research projects and more
  • help students learn to read and LOVE to read
  • teach students how to use the library as a resource for lifelong learning
  • provide materials that support classroom curriculum
  • make the library a learning center where students, staff and parents can find what they need

BrainPOP Jr. – provides curriculum-based content geared specifically for K-2 students. The site offers a growing library of video and interactive features across six subjects: science, health, writing, reading, social studies, and math.

Pebble Go! – is a database designed specifically for Pre-K through grade 3 students. Our PebbleGo database includes built-in reading and research tools for emerging readers, ANIMALS, EARTH & SPACE, BIOGRAPHIES & SOCIAL STUDIES.

Keyboarding Practice Sites:

BBC’s Dance Mat Typing 
Save the Sailboats 
Skywords

Digital Citizenship Parent Letter:

Fred C. Underhill School Library Media Center

As part of the Library Media curriculum at U nderhill School , your child is taking part in lessons from Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship at the K-2 level. The overall goal of this curriculum is to educate children about the basics of going online, and to help them to become safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizens.

What is digital citizenship?

Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, bringing with them extraordinary opportunities as well as real risks for our children. On the positive side, children are using the immense power of the internet and mobile technology to explore, learn, connect, and create in ways never before imagined. On the negative side, negative behaviors aided by digital technology, from cyberbullying to copying online materials without citations, are surfacing in schools and in homes across the country. Many of us – parents and teachers alike – are developing ways to help kids thrive in this brave new world. That is why we have embarked on this digital citizenship program. Our partner in offering this curriculum is Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

What we teach

Common Sense Media’s K-5 Digital Citizenship curriculum is divided into three units based on the digital ethics research of Dr. Howard Gardner and The GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Students learn about their connections to others through the internet, and to think critically about how they treat others given this great responsibility. The topics your child will be introduced to include:

• Digital Life : Students learn that the internet is like a neighborhood. They reflect on their responsibilities to this community and to the community members, both online and offline.
• Connected Culture : Students explore what happens when they are online, what to do if they experience cyberbullying, and also how to communicate effectively using online tools.

• Respecting Creative Work : Students learn about basic concepts of copyright, and how to respect the creative content found online. We will use the term PLAGIARISM to define taking the work of another person without giving credit.

The curriculum emphasizes a balanced approach and celebrates the positive aspects of digital life while teaching students to avoid its potential perils. The Digital Citizenship curriculum is rooted in a model of ethical thinking that starts with the self and moves outward, to encompass the entire community. Through hands-on activities, role-playing, and classroom discussion, your children will be asked to reflect on how their digital and online behaviors affect themselves, their friends and family, and the communities of which they are a part.

What families can do

As we engage in these lessons in class, we encourage you to read and view any materials we send home, and to use the materials together with your children. If you have access to the internet at home or at work, you can visit the Common Sense Media website at commonsensemedia.org and take a look at the wealth of parent resources it provides on kids and media. Raising and educating young people in today’s 24/7 digital media environment is one of the most exciting and daunting challenges that parents and schools face today. Working together, we can raise a generation of kids who become smart, responsible, and respectful digital citizens.

Sincerely,

Karen Landsman

Media/Technology Integration Specialist, LMS, M.Ed

What do students do during Library Class?

All Kindergarten, First and Second grade classes come to the Library once per week. During their time in Library Class, students generally listen to a book that has been chosen to support learning.  They may also have interactive learning on the Smartboard, work on laptop computers from the mobile lab, learn about media literacy through high quality audio books or videos, and begin to develop evaluative skills on using the internet.Do the students come to the Library to do research?
All students also come to the Library to work with Mrs. Landsman on IIM Research projects as a whole class or in small groups (see our IIM Research Page tab above) throughout the school year.  This is a meaningful way for students to integrate library and literacy information skills with 21st century learning strategies. Our students are practicing important research skills they can use for lifelong learning.

What about checking out books?

Students have the opportunity to check out books during every Library Class. Students in Kindergarten and First grade may check out one book at a time.  Second graders may check out two books at a time.
In addition, the Library has an OPEN EXCHANGE time each morning from 8:40 – 9:10 because we believe students should be able to return a book when they are done with it, and choose a new book when they are ready, not just during a scheduled class time.

What happens if a student can’t find his/her library book?

We understand that books can go missing.  We teach all our students that the best way to make sure you return your library book on time is to put it in a safe place at home.  But if a book cannot be located after every effort has been made, we will send home a notice with the cost to replace the book.  A student may not take out another library book until the one checked out has been returned or the replacement cost has been paid.  If the book is found and returned in good condition after payment has been made, we will return the fee to you – we would much rather have the book back!

Can we just buy a new book with the same title?

We purchase our library materials from a qualified vendor who also supplies all the processing materials (barcodes, spine labels) and digital cataloging data.  For this reason, we prefer payment so we can replace the book in our next order.

Can parents check out books?

Yes!  We encourage you to look at our library catalog online (see the Search Our Catalog tab above). You can send a note, an e-mail or give us a call if you would like to request materials.  In addition, we can provide you with a user name and password to access your student’s school account.