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School Libraries and Media: Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Resources for School Librarians K-12


Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning
Selected by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, Best Apps for Teaching & Learning encourage exploration and discovery. They are organized by Books, STEM, Organization & Management, Social Sciences and Content Creation. This list is updated annually.
Grades: K - 12
Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning identifies high quality internet resources for teaching and learning by the American Association of School Librarians of the American Library Association. All websites are free and encourage exploration and discovery. The list is divided by pedagogical categories such as media sharing, digital storytelling, social networking, content resources, etc. This list is updated annually.
Grades: K - 12
Common Sense Media
Designed for use by parents and teachers Common Sense Media evaluates movies, games, apps, websites, television shows, books and music. Searchable by age, entertainment type, topics, etc. this website provides reviews for over 20,000 products. The education portion includes resources for teaching about digital literacy including short videos. Graphite, part of Common Sense Education, identifies the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
Grades: PreK - 12
Four Great Lesson Plans on Copyright
Common Sense Education offers four lesson plans (grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) that help students understand to give credit to their own work, respect the rights of other people's work, know what rights they have as creators, and what they should consider when using the creative work of others.
Grades: K - 12
Great Websites for Kids
Great Websites for Kids identifies outstanding websites for children from birth to age 14. The websites are evaluated by a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Additions are made three times a year and all sites are checked at least twice a year. The list is divided by subject area. All entries identify appropriate audience.
Grades: PreK - 8
Teachers Guide Series
From the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences comes this collection of teachers' guides that are designed to promote critical thinking, creative writing, and visual literacy through the study of film. Guides focus on many film related topics such as animation, costume design, and visual effects.
Grades: 6 - 12
The Living Room Candidate
A project of the Museum of Moving Images this website has television ads for presidential candidates since 1952. The section, For Teachers has sample lesson plans for media literacy. Some lessons incorporate the site's "Ad Maker" to edit or create their own ads.
Grades: 6 - 12
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
Michael Caulfield, of AASCU's American Democracy Project has written this online guide to fact checking news found on social media. He identifies fact checking organizations and suggests strategies to identify the origin of information and misinformation on the internet.
Grades: 6 - 12