7.0 Instructional Materials and Resources
Materials and equipment are selected on the basis of their potential to fulfill the philosophy mission and goals/objectives of the school as well as their potential to support curriculum areas.
Describe the process by which library books are reviewed, evaluated and selected to fulfill the philosophy/mission and goals/objectives of the school as well as their potential to support curriculum areas.
Criteria for book selection are taken from School Media Center Handbook for Elementary Librarians, 4th Edition. It is published by Catholic Library Association of Greater St. Louis and adapted by the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2000. The criteria is
I. Place in Collection
(Appropriate, need, usage, supplements, duplicates or displaces materials)
(Qualifications of authors, repute of research sources used)
(Validity, reliability, completeness, recency)
IV. Treatment or Arrangement
(Clear, well-balanced presentations, appropriate development, logical sequence)
(Appealing, practical, appropriate)
(Proportionate to usage)
Describe how your school keeps track of library/media usage and how this information is reported to school staff
Every class has one or two scheduled library times each week. The amount of time each grade is scheduled varies with the grade level.
At the times when there are no classes scheduled into the library, the room is open to any student or faculty/staff member who need to use the room.
Books that have been checked out are recorded on the Library Pro-circulation program on the computer.
Notices of books students have not returned by the appointed time are given to the teachers for distribution to those students.
Describe how the faculty assesses the effectiveness of the library/media program.
There is no formal assessment. When asking the faculty their ideas of assessing the effectiveness, their responses included:
Do students know how to find information in a library?
Do students know about the Dewey Decimal System?
Do students have enough time available to them in the library?
Is the library user friendly?
Are the materials available when needed?
Is the library available to students?
Is the library useful to the students?
Does the library compliment what is happening in the classroom?
Does the library encourage love of literature?
Can students find appropriate books and materials for their assignments?
Are a variety and quantity of reference resources available.
Describe the process by which video and software resources are reviewed, evaluated and selected.
The classroom teachers for their specific unit choose most of the videos. All videos are required to have educational value. Videos and audiotapes and CDs used by the librarian have a relationship to books.
Before choosing software, information is gathered from parents by way of the school administrators, teachers, other schools (elementary and especially high schools) and software workshops and presentations. In some instances the computer teacher makes the final decision and sometimes the principal does.
Describe the process by which library books and other media resources are “weeded”
Library books are “weeded” when the cover becomes too tattered to hold the barcode label, when the book is falling apart, the look of the book is so out of date that the students will not choose it, and when the content is out of date (especially in a non-fiction book)
Books, materials, and equipment are adequate in quality and quantity to meet the needs of students and the philosophy/mission/goals/objectives of the school program. An inventory of the instructional materials and equipment is updated annually.
Kindergarten through Sixth Grade all use the same Science Textbook Series.
Harcourt Science, 2000, Harcourt School Publishers.
Life Science, 1995, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publishers.
Physical Science, 1995, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publishers.
Kindergarten through Eighth Grade all use the same Religion textbook series.
This is Our Faith, 1998, Silver Burdett Ginn
There is a supplementary book available for the fourth and fifth grades to discuss sexuality. This series is titled, Fully Alive, 1996, Silver Burdett and Ginn.
Kindergarten through the fifth grade all use the same Math textbook series.
Harcourt Math, 2002, Harcourt School Publishers.
Sixth Grade, Seventh and Eighth Grades use a different series.
(6 & 7)Applications & Connections, 2001, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
7/8 Algebra I, 200l, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.
8 Algebra, 1994, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill..
A Language Arts Series is offered in the Primary Grades (Kindergarten through Third Grade). It includes Spelling and grammar.
Reading, 2002, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.
For reading instruction the fourth grade uses Trade Books. Titles include: Sarah Plain and Tall, Stone Fox, Family Under the Bridge, Cricket in Times Square, Trading Game, Soup.
In addition a Grammar book is used by both fourth and fifth grades. This series is titled Harcourt Language, 2002, Harcourt School Publishers.
Trade books used by the Fifth Grade include
A consumable spelling book is also used by both the fourth and fifth grades. Its title is Spelling and Vocabulary, 2000, Houghton Mifflin
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades use a reading series published by Scott Foresman.
(6th) Beginnings in Literature, 1991, Scott Foresman.
(7th) Discoveries In Literature: America Reads, 1989, Scott Foresman.
(8th) Explorations in Literature, 199l, Scott Foresman. In addition the eighth grade uses tradebooks which vary from year to year.
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades use a textbook series to enhance language instruction.
Elements of Language, 200l, Holt, Reinhart, Winston.
Kindergarten through Sixth grades use a Social Studies series published my McGraw Hill in 2001.
(K) Here I am,
(1) My World,
(2) People Together
(3) Communities-Adventures in Time and Place.
(4) Adventures in Time and Place: Regions.
(5) Adventures in Time and Place: United States
(6) World- Adventures in Time and Place.
The Seventh and Eighth Grades use books published by Glencoe-McGraw-Hill.
(7) Civics-: Responsibility & Citizenship, 2000.
(8) American History 8: The American Journey
(9) Geography: The World & Its People, 1998.
4th and 5th Grades use self-created worksheets and dittos from various resources. There is no textbook
Spanish 6th and 7th Grades:
(6th and 7th ) Dime Algo!, 1997, McDougal Littel
(8th) Dime Mas!, 1997, McDougal Littell.
Guidance and Health Resource Materials.
Guidance Classes K-5:
Collections of Trade Books.
Building Life Management Skills, 1996, Glencoe.
Conflict Resolution, 1996, Glencoe.
Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco Education, 1996, Glencoe.
Health Classes 6-8.
Current Health 2 Magazine, Weekly Reader (monthly publication.
Course 1, Teen Health, 1996, Glencoe.
Learning about Aids, Weekly Reader, 1999.
Get Smart About Drugs, Weekly Reader, 2001.
Job O- 2000, Career Education.
Career Education Resource Materials.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covery, Simon & Schuster, 1998.
Physical Education uses a variety of books as a teacher resource. The students never see them.
K-8 Silver Burdett Ginn, 1995, Books.
Music K-8 Magazine, 1991-2000, Plank Road Pub.
Music Mind Games, CPP/Belwin, Inc, 1992.
Classic Tunes and Tales , 1997, Parker Publisher Co.
Microsoft Office 97 (grades 3-8)
KidPix Deluxe (grades k-8)
Internet Explorer (grades 2-8)
Utrakey (grades 3-8)
Storybook Weaver (grades k-3)
List your annual per pupil expenditures for library materials, software and computers over the last three years.
Annual per pupil expenditures for library materials is $14.00. Annual per pupil expenditures for computer lab software and computers is $21.74.
The collection of instructional learning materials/media is classified and catalogued according to a recognized and accepted system.
Describe how the instructional/learning materials/media collection is catalogued
Non-fiction books are catalogued together using the Dewey Decimal System.
Fiction books are catalogued together in alphabetical order by author’s last name. Exceptions to this are fiction series with different authors, which are on their own shelf. Examples include the “Dear America”, “My Name is America”, “American Girls”, and “Magic Attic Club”.
Easy books are catalogued by the designation “E” and the author’s last name. They are housed on a special shelf reserved for primary students.
Holiday Books are grouped by the specific holiday in a special section of the library. All are available to students at any time of the year.
Describe how you plan to use an electronic card system
The library began using an electronic card catalogue in August of 2001. Our system is called Library Pro and includes electronic checkout as well as card catalogue. Students begin to learn to use the catalogue feature in third grade, and checkout feature in fifth grade. The librarian and volunteers administer the system.
The materials/resources are easily accessible to staff and students.
Describe how materials/resources are accessible to staff and students. Include hours/times the library/media center is open, and how it is staffed.
The library is open from the beginning of the school day to at least 10 minutes after school ends for the day. Staffing is by the full-time librarian with part time aide from volunteers. Teachers frequently ask the librarian to gather titles or types of books for specific units or specific students. Books are sometimes sent to classrooms for use during a particular unit of study There are about 12 hours of class time each week, leaving about 20 hours of unscheduled time for students to use the facility. The library is closed during the librarian’s scheduled lunch.
The computers/software are accessible in the computer lab between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM. Classes occupy the lab during most of these hours. Students may use a computer during other student’s class periods if there is a computer available.
Instructional materials are evaluated periodically, and the school has a continuing plan to evaluate, update, and inventory instructional materials and equipment.
The Faculty and Parent-Student Handbooks for 2002 to 2003 have a written policy for Curriculum Development. On page 31 of the Faculty Handbook, it states that the evaluation and development of the curriculum is an on-going process. Each year, there is a committee of teachers with assistance from administration, who review a specific content area and make any necessary changes. This year, the committee will study the Religion Curriculum and complete the Language Arts Curriculum which began last year. All content areas are on a 7 year cycle for review. The Timetable is listed below.
Religion (1996-1997) 2002-2003
Specialty Areas (1997-1998) 2003-2004
Science (1998-1999) 2004-2005
Social Studies (1999-2000) 2005-2006
Math (2000-2001) 2006-2007
Language Arts (2001-2002) 2007-2008
An inventory of all instructional materials in each classroom is made at the end of each school year and submitted to the principal.
To help in developing the curriculum in each content area, “Teachers are expected to attend conventions and receive professional development in the subject area. They collect data and research concerning goals and expectations for student achievement in that area.” (Parent-Student Handbook, 2002-2003, p. 9)
Equipment is maintained and serviced.
List the educational equipment (including computers and other technological hardware) used in your instructional program. Describe how it is used, maintained, and serviced.
Equipment is maintained on a regular basis through the staff of the computer lab and the maintenance staff.
Technology is used in a variety of ways throughout the school building. In addition to the school’s computer lab, computers are employed in most classrooms. Examples of technology use in the classroom are included in the following list.
Computer Software- available to students at Center Time:
A Trip to the Fire Station- Fisher-Price
Who Will Be My Friend? Golden Book
The Alphabet Zoo 100% Educational Videos
The Beginner’s Bible Sony Wonder
The Story of Easter Sony Wonder
Baby Animals American Home Treasures
Magic School Bus- Goes to Seed Scholastic
Mouse on the Mayflower
The Story of Easter
Alaska’s Coolest Animals
Little Drummer Boy
Santa’s Coming To Town
Frog and Toad Are Friends
Chinese New Year
Statue of Liberty
Deep Sea Dive
Bible related and quiet listening music
Books on tape- theme related
Making of Hosts
The computer is used for research on the Internet.
The Eye Spy series for a variety of science topics
A digital camera is used in the classroom
The classroom is not CD-ROM accessible.
The library’s computers are used for internet research.
Social Studies Videos:
“Adventures in Time and Place” – Regions (McGraw Hill)
“Exploring Wisconsin Our Home Series” and “Investigating Wisconsin History” (published by Wisconsin Educational Communications Board)
Literature Videos- Stone Fox, Caddie Woodlawn
Literature on tape: Cricket in Times Square
My Friend Martin (Martin Luther King)
Bill Nye science tapes on The Planets, Soil and Rocks, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Germs, Plants, The Water Cycle, Mammals, Birds
Research on the Internet
A keyboarding program- Ukeywin
Math- Dr. Brain and Carmen San Diego
Videos: Bill Nye for Science
Harcourt Brace for Science
Eyewitness Videos for Science
Bridge to Terabithia
The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
My Side of the Mountain
Social Studies:Videos That accompany our series
What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin
Six Revolutionary Figures
Miracle at Mireaux
Abe Lincoln Freedom Fighter
West to Oregon
Social Studies: Extensive Bibliography of Social Studies videos attached at the end of this document.
Language Arts – Seventh Grade: Extensive Bibliography of videos and books pertaining to Language Arts attached at the end of this document.
Science: Computer CD ROM’s are used to dissect pigs, frogs, earthworms, and a variety of insects.
Bill Nye science videos
Human Body Encyclopedia
Language Arts – Eighth Grade:
Ann Frank Remembered
To Build a Fire
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Encyclopedia Programs which are used to research countries in Geography.
The computer lab is used extensively by 8th graders for written papers, book projects, essays, research, etc.
Physical Education: Uses a TaiBo video.
Videos (all in Spanish):
MaFalda (Mexican cartoon)Easter in Spain
Mexican Popular Customs
Ecuador and Galapagos Isles
Celebrating Day of the Dead
Quinceanera: Princess for a Day
Mexican Family Celebrations
Christmas in Mexico
Cinco de Mayo
Los Comidas Latincamericanas
Wishbone: Our Lady of Guadalupe
Buena Vista Social Club
Spanish Commercials II
In computer class time is provided for students to do these Web-based lessons:
“The History of Chocolate” www.cadbury.co.uk/
Audiocassettes and CD’s are used to develop oral comprehension in the Spanish language.
Guidance and Health Resource Materials:
K Learning to Care; Wonderful Me
1 We Can Work It Out; No One Quite Like Me
2 You Can count on me; Working it out; No more teasing.
3 What we learned about bullying; Respect yourself; Conflict Managers.
4 All about Respect; Don’t pick on me; Solving Conflicts.
5 Building Character; Making decisions, Solving problems; Understanding and Resolving conflicts.
6 Smoking and choking; First Aid; Nutrition and Diet.
7 Eating Disorders; Kids under the Influence; Respect
8 Drugs that alter your minds; Friendship and dating; The truth about Tobacco
Free Rental- Gospel Communications:
When Nobody loves You
Cry for freedom
No Second Chance
Marsalis on Music (video collection) Sony Music, 1995.
Videos on the work of various artists.
There are 28 Windows XPP computers in the computer lab.
Students have classes in the lab according to the following timetable:
K and 1 30 min/wk
2 and 3 60 min/wk
4 120min/wk one semester. 60 min/wk the other semester
5 60 min/wk
6, 7, 8 90 min/wk
Resources available in the community are utilized when this enhances the learning of students and supports the school’s educational objectives and philosophy.
The staff of Our Lady Queen of Peace School thoughtfully consider field trips and speakers which would enhance the curriculum. The following represent some of the community resources which have been explored.
(K) Eugster’s Farm, the James Madison Memorial High School Planetarium, Middleton’s Fire Station and Post Office.
(1) The Bakery ; Zoo; Library
(2) St. Marys Hospital; Art Museum.
(3) Chocolate Factory, Memorial’s Planetarium, UW's Geology Museum, Westmorland Park, Humane Society.
(4) Maple Syrup time at the Aldo Leopold Center, Tour of Wisconsin’s Capitol, Cave of the Mounds, Civic Center Play
(5) Tour of the Cemetery, Winter Survival at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Plays at the Civic Center.
(6) MATC visit to study a contagious disease activity and a forensics activity; Temple Beth El (Religion),.
(7) City-County Building, Veteran’s Museum, Plays at Edgewood High School or Civic Center.
(8) Retreat at Camp Gray, Schoenstatt Sisters Motherhouse, American Players Theater or Edgewood High School plays.; Chicago Trip to the Science and Industry Museum, Navy Pier; Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Grace Episcopal Church to deliver food for the homeless; Midvale School to work with primary aged children. Allied Dunn Marsh Neighborhood, to deliver Christmas gifts.
(Music) Swing Choir Christmas tour; 4th grade to Mt. Olive Church to sing for the elderly.
(Spanish) National Theater for Performing Artists “Don Quixote”; Latino Arts, “Day of the Dead” performance and art exhibit.
(K) Parents for Community Helper Unit; Madison Police.
(1) Dentists; Priests and other Religious .
(2) World Tour Speakers.
(3) Speakers from all around the country/ world.; Rainforest speaker; Parents who have traveled to interesting place; opera singers; Animals from zoo.
(4) Louise Schadauer, speaker on one room school house. Science, health speakers, scientist visits.
(5) Madison Police Officer for C.O.P.S., Speakers varying each year as they are available for math and science.
(6) MATC for lab activity about DNA; Depression/WWII years; Constitution, Bill of Rights, Court Reporter, Civil War Speakers.
(7 & 8) Cheryl Horne to talk about service in Religion. Parents/Guests who are engineers, nurses, work in labs, speakers on energy.
(Music) Speakers/Performers: Leather Stanley, Madison Brass; Native American Dancers; Norwegian Dancers from Stoughton High School.
(Spanish) Speakers who address: Flamenco, dance culture and history; “mission trip” assistance to school in Chihuahuas, Mexico; speaker to discuss Chihuahua customs and daily life.
Staff members follow written policies and procedures for educational experiences (e.g., field trips, guest speakers, assemblies)
Identify were copies of staff policies and procedures for educational experiences are available for review.
The policies and procedures for educational experiences are clearly stated in both the Teacher and Parent handbooks. Page 28 of the Faculty Handbook states, “Class visits to places of cultural or educational significance are encouraged. Students should be prepared, in advance of the trip, in order to obtain the maximum benefit from the experience. The purpose and goals of the trip should be discussed with the students.”
This thought is reflected again in a Field Trip policy outlined on page 22 of the Parent Handbook. “Class visits to places of cultural or educational significance give enrichment to the lessons of the classroom. To insure the desired outcome of such trips, teachers will prepare the pupils for the place that is to be visited and the things that are to be seen. A discussion will be held regarding the purpose(s) and goal(s) of the trip.”
This year a permission slip for Acceptable Use for using Computer Networks at school was supplied to all students in the fourth through eighth grades. In order to use the Internet at school, students must have permission from their parents as well as sign that they will use the Internet according to the school’s guidelines. The proper use of the Internet was carefully outlined in this document.
What are the school’s primary accomplishments in this area over the past 5 years?
1. There is a computer lab with 28 computers.
2. Thirty, six-year old computers were replaced in 2002 with computers built by students.
3. A technical position was added to assist in the maintenance of computers and network throughout the school.
4. Ninety software licenses were upgraded to new versions in the computer lab.
5. There is now a laser printer and two color printers in the lab.
6. An email system for the staff has been established.
7. Every classroom throughout the school has been connected to the Internet.
8. Attendance/grading/administrative software has been added to all computers throughout the school.
9. There is an overhead projection system in the computer lab.
10. An automated library program has been installed for check out and inventory
11. World Book Encyclopedia is now online in the library and classrooms.
12. The selection of books in the library has been updated.
13. There are now six computers in the library for student use and three for library administration.
14. New textbooks for Social Studies, Math, Science, Language Arts and Religion have been purchased.
15. There is now a line item in the School Budget for Instructional materials (textbooks)
16. There are thirty graphing calculators for 8th Grade mathematics classes.
17. We have ten TV’s and nine VCR’s throughout the building.
What are the weakness or concerns in the area of instructional materials and resources?
1. There is not enough open lab time available to students and staff in the computer room.
2. Teachers would like to increase their knowledge in computer programs to increase computer usage in the classroom.
3. There is limited licensure for computer programs (Microsoft Word.)
4. Older computers and printers are in the classrooms.
5. There is limited feedback from staff on library usage and materials.
6. Five Macintosh computers in the library are too old to support newer software.
7. Scheduling conflicts rule out students coming to the library from classes or study halls to do research when there is a scheduled class in the library.
8. There is limited time for the yearly curriculum committees to survey all available resources.
Hopes to accomplish in the next 5 – 7 years.
1. Due to the computer lab having little open lab time, the administration and computer staff will investigate other methods to allow students’ access to computers.
2. Because teachers would like to increase their computer skills the administration and staff will look into methods to improve staff computer literacy.
3. Because there is a limited licensure for computer programs (Microsoft) the administration will explore the possibility of obtaining additional licenses.
4. In that there are older printers and computers in classrooms, the administration will explore the possibility of updating them.
5. Because staff provided limited feedback regarding the library, its uses and materials, the administration with the library staff will work to develop a survey tool.
6. Because there are 5 old Macintosh computers in the library the administration will investigate the possibility of updating these computers.
7. Because scheduling conflicts rule out students coming into the library when other classes are present, the administration and library staff will explore the possibility of schedule or floor plan changes in the library.
8. Due to the fact that there is limited time for curriculum committees to survey all available resources the administration and staff will explore other methods/timelines to research textbooks and materials.
Prepared by: Margaret McKinley, Sue McBriar, Carol Hudson
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