This school year I am trying something different for orientation. In the past, I have made a video to show to the entire class at one time and then allowed the students to check out their library books afterward. Last year, I showed the video and then had students visit stations (our Lego Wall, observing our media center frogs, and decorating their library cards). At the end of last school year, I watched a webinar about using stations in the media center and I was truly inspired.
During media center orientation this year for my older students (Grades 2-5), I will have several computer and iPad stations set up for students to visit to learn more (or share more) about the media center. One station will be a survey for the children to share about the types of books that we need in the media center. Other stations will share resources and procedures for the library media center. Two of the stations will be decoration stations, one for library cards (like last year) and another to decorate paper basketballs to prepare for an upcoming author visit from a local university’s basketball coach.
Here are links to the videos that I have created to use during this year’s station orientation: