• Our Goals and Objectives

    The Unit 5 Media Services Department provides instructional media center services to all staff and students in every school in Unit 5. Media specialists are reading and technology leaders in their schools. They provide bibliographic and technology instruction, reference services, and collection development, and their role is to promote information literacy, ensuring that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.

    Kindergarten:

    • Goal 1: To integrate the use of technology with adopted McLean County Unit District No. 5 curricula. a. Use appropriate software with supervision. b. Introduce basic parts of the computer, basic computer vocabulary, and basic rules for computer use and care.
    • Goal 2: To facilitate student use of effective and efficient methods of selecting, retrieving, organizing, maintaining, and evaluating information and materials from a variety of sources. a. Introduce the difference between fact and fiction.
    • Goal 3: To develop and provide continued support of student appreciation for and knowledge of literature.
      • a. Introduce book care guidelines
      • b. Introduce parts of a book
      • c. Introduce the importance of shelf arrangement in the IMC
      • d. Introduce how to select books appropriately for age and interest

    First Grade:

    • Goal 1: To integrate the use of technology with adopted McLean County Unit District No. 5 curricula.
      • a. Use appropriate software with supervision.
      • b. Identify basic parts of the computer, use basic computer vocabulary, and use basic rules for computer use and care.
      • c. Introduce the function of special keyboard keys such as shift, delete, spacebar
    • Goal 2: To facilitate student use of effective and efficient methods of selecting, retrieving, organizing, maintaining, and evaluating information and materials from a variety of sources.
      • a. Identify the difference between fact and fiction
      • b. Introduce nonfiction books for check out
      • c. Introduce electronic resources for information
    • Goal 3: To develop and provide continued support of student appreciation for and knowledge of literature.
      • a. Review book care guidelines
      • b. Introduce shelf location of easy fiction
      • c. Identify parts of a book
      • d. Recognize common library vocabulary
      • e. Identify favorite authors and characters
      • f. Introduce students to awards given for books and award winning books

    Second Grade:

    • Goal 1: To integrate the use of technology with adopted McLean County Unit District No. 5 curricula.
      • a. Apply rules for computer use and care
      • b. Use software and computer with greater independence
      • c. Use and apply special keyboard keys such as shift, delete, spacebar
    • Goal 2: To facilitate student use of effective and efficient methods of selecting, retrieving, organizing, maintaining, and evaluating information and materials from a variety of sources.
      • a. Use print and electronic resources for gathering information
      • b. Introduce students to simple Internet navigation
    • Goal 3: To develop and provide continued support of student appreciation for and knowledge of literature.
      • a. Introduce students to different genres of literature and encourage independent reading
      • b. Find books by favorite authors in the easy fiction area with assistance
      • c. Reinforce awards for different books and how to identify these books on the shelves (i.e. Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Monarch Book Awards)
      • d. Compare and contrast different types of illustrations in picture books

    Third Grade:

    • Goal 1: To integrate the use of technology with adopted McLean County Unit District No. 5 curriculam.
      • a. Introduce Microsoft Office products, Word and PowerPoint
      • b. Introduce saving, retrieving, and printing work on the computer
      • c. Introduce acceptable hand placement for the computer keyboard
    • Goal 2: To facilitate student use of effective and efficient methods of selecting, retrieving, organizing, maintaining, and evaluating information and materials from a variety of sources.
      • a. Select and use both print and electronic resources for gathering information
      • b. Apply simple Internet navigation to find information
      • c. Introduce the electronic card catalog
    • Goal 3: To develop and provide continued support of student appreciation for and knowledge of literature.
      • a. Identify different genres of literature and encourage independent reading of a variety of genre
      • b. Find books in the IMC using different call numbers
      • c. Introduce the Dewey Decimal system of classification

    Fourth Grade:

    • Goal 1: To integrate the use of technology with adopted McLean County Unit District No. 5 curricula.
      • a. Independently save, retrieve, and print work on the computer
      • b. Use references, Microsoft Office Products (Word and PowerPoint), and appropriate computer accessories to aid in completing projects for the classroom
      • c. Reinforce keyboarding skills
    • Goal 2: To facilitate student use of effective and efficient methods of selecting, retrieving, organizing, maintaining, and evaluating information and materials from a variety of sources.
      • a. Independently select and use both print and electronic resources for gathering information
      • b. Use the Internet to find information
      • c. Use the electronic card catalog independently
    • Goal 3: To develop and provide continued support of student appreciation for and knowledge of literature
      • a. Develop an awareness of quality literature and award winning literature such as Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Unit 5
      • b. Recognize that nonfiction books are divided into categories by subject with an emphasis on the Dewey Decimal System

    Fifth Grade:

    • Goal 1: To integrate the use of technology with adopted McLean County Unit District No. 5 curricula.
      • a. Demonstrate proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Products: Word and PowerPoint
      • b. Expand use of Microsoft Office: Publisher and Excel
    • Goal 2: To facilitate student use of effective and efficient methods of selecting, retrieving, organizing, maintaining, and evaluating information and materials from a variety of sources.
      • a. Select, evaluate, and cite both print and electronic resources for gathering information
      • b. Understand computer ethics including plagiarism (taking notes for research).
    • Goal 3: To develop and provide continued support of student appreciation for and knowledge of literature
      • a. Promote interest in books for information and pleasure reading
      • b. Review Dewey Decimal Categories

    Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)

    Students will read for recreation and appreciate literature.

    Students will:

    • Become confident and self-motivated readers Identify genres of literature Select both fiction and nonfiction materials for recreational reading by browsing Attentively listen as literature is read aloud Learn about new books through booktalks, displays, etc. Participate in book fairs and promotional reading activities Become familiar with popular young adult authors.
    • Students will effectively use technology across the curriculum on a regular basis.
    • Students will complete the following tasks with confidence: Login to Unit5 network using their proper username and password and logout when finished Launch and exit applications Consistently save documents or files to their folder on the network drive for later retrieval Move images, text, and data between software applications Insert clip art or images into documents Scan documents/images Navigate the web (following links, using buttons, etc.)  Create a PowerPoint presentation or ClarisWorks slide show Become proficient of using a variety of other software applications .
    • Students will effectively and efficiently select, retrieve, organize, maintain and evaluate information.
    • Students will complete the following tasks with confidence: Identify and formulate a research question which describes their information need Create lists of keywords to use to locate their information Decide when it is appropriate to use print vs. nonprint sources Identify and locate possible sources (both print and nonprint) of information Use the online library catalog to find a book by author, title, and keyword Use the tables of contents and indexes of books to find information relative to their topics Understand when and how to use reference materials such as encyclopedias, atlases, almanacs, etc. Choose online services, such as EBSCOhost, SIRS, and online encyclopedias, to retrieve articles relevant to information needs Use search strategies such as Boolean Logic to narrow down results and retrieve relevant information via Web search engines and directories and online services Evaluate Web sites to determine relevancy, accuracy, and authority Cite sources (both print and non-print) in bibliographies