Plagiarism has become more of a problem with the advent of cut and paste technologies and students need to know when they are plagiarizing, what the consequences would be if they did, and how to avoid it. This week fifth and sixth graders watched a BrainPop movie about plagiarism and then we had a lively discussion about what it means to plagiarize and that by paraphrasing or quoting sources you can avoid the problem. We discussed some of the terminology associated with plagiarism: verbatim, paraphrase, citation, end note, footnote, bibliography, and attribution and students were presented with an ethical problem–what would you do if you knew your friend was plagiarizing? An interesting discussion all around.
Also in the Library this week….
Kindergarten–Kindergarteners are very familiar with the idea of not being too happy when they have a babysitter so they could certainly relate to the 10 piglets in Mary Reyner’s Mr. and Mrs. Pig’s Evening Out. When Mother Pig is so distracted that she doesn’t notice that the babysitter is named Mrs. Wolf, students start getting a little worried about the outcome of this story. But all turns out well in the end, Mrs. Wolf’s plan to snack on Garth Pig is foiled, and Mrs. Wolf is dispatched to the depths of the river not to be heard from again for a long, long time. (At least until next week when we read Garth Pig and the Ice Cream Lady!) This book is a great way to introduce foreshadowing.
First Grade–The lost and found bin at our school is always pretty full at this time of year so first graders were fascinated by Mark Teague’s book Lost and Found, the story of three friends who fall “though” the lost and found and find themselves lost in an fascinating underground world of lost things. We had fun imagining what could be underneath our lost and found bin!
Second Grade–Second graders heard Olivia in Venice by Ian Falconer and loved the juxtaposition of illustrations and real photos of Venice. Venice will never be quite the same after Olivia’s visit!
Third Grade–One of my favorite books to read aloud is Susan Meddaugh’s Hog Eye. Not only is it a great book to teach point of view, it is just laugh-out-loud funny. Don’t miss the curse of Hog Eye!
Fourth Grade–Fourth graders watched the interactive presentation “The 3 CyberPigs: Privacy Playground” and we discussed how important it is to keep personal information private online and what some of the consequences might be if you don’t.
Fifth and Sixth Grade–see opening post.