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Garden City School Library: Using Destiny Discover

Essential Question

How can I find out what books are in the library and locate them on the shelf?

NOTE: During evaluation years, I use this as my SLO. See separate page for related assessments. (link to come)

Lesson 1: Reading Plans

  • Discussion: Ask if anyone can explain the concept of a catalog. Let the kids know that you are going to show them how to access every book at every Cranston school! Walk through the handout below that outlines how to order books on Destiny Discover. 
  • Activity: Students may start constructing reading plans by adding books to the "Favorites" list. 


  • Introduction: Ideally, library shelves would be empty during the school year, meaning that students love our collection. Part of my job is to choose books that kids will read. During the year, students get a chance to examine purchases and donations, decide which ones they want to read, and make recommendations for future picks. They compile an annual reading plan (see file below), recording new books they are interested in, whether they've put them on hold / checked them out / finished them / recommend them. Thanks to Melanie Roy for this idea!
  • Activity 1 - First checkout: At the beginning of the year, don't let anyone take out any new purchases yet. Instead, show them to the kids, read jacket copy, and put them on the tables for the students to browse and add to their plans.
  • Activity 2 - Second checkout: Review the RICBA list that you would have introduced at the end of the previous school year. If you have any copies on hand, put those out for the kids to take that week.
  • Activity 3 - Third checkout (in non-COVID times): Tell students about the Rhode Island Festival of Children's Authors and Illustrators, held annually at the Lincoln School in Providence. Depending on who will be there, you may or may not have copies of their books. If you're feeling ambitious, check some out from the public library and share with the students. They can add the titles to their plans and place holds from other schools. 

Lesson 3 - RICAT Seaching 2 (T1)

  • DAY BEFORE: Let classroom teacher know that the students can bring their devices to library the next day to access the catalog.
  • Review: Go over the concepts we discussed last week:, search buttons, and call numbers. Remind them where the E section is located.

  • Activity: Give each student a slip of paper with the title of an E book on it. (See attached.) They must write down the author and call number, then find the book on the shelf and bring it to me to get their library card.
  • Assessment:

    1 = Student does not complete slip and never gets around to looking for a book.

    2= Student writes down correct author and call number but does not find the book.

    3= Student completes slip correctly and finds the book.

    4 = Student completes all tasks correctly AND successfully completes extra credit.


Standards Addressed

AASL: 1.1.1 - Follow and inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects; 1.1.4 - Find, evaluate, and select appropriate resources; 1.1.8 - Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.

Common Core: RI.3.4 - Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area; RI.3.5 - Use text features and search tools to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently; SL.3.3 - Ask and answer questions about infomation from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and details; Math Pratice 5: Use appropriate tools stragetically.

Rhode Island Cross-Curricular Proficiencies: Communication - Select and analyze relevant information; Problem Solving and Critical Thinking - Utilize information, appropriate tools, and/or technology strategically; Make multiple attempts, persisting as needed