Library Skills Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson to introduce students to the skills required in order to successfully research a topic in a library. Students will read or listen to an article, then research a self-selected topic in the library.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list the steps in the library research process
  • explain the importance of using a library for research


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.


  • Begin the lesson by pulling up a map website on the classroom screen. Do a quick search for libraries and point out the closest libraries to the school and to areas in which students live. Also, point out that the school (most likely) has a library of its own, but that it is geared toward students.
  • Distribute the lesson Library Research Skills: Lesson for Kids either electronically or via hard copy. Depending on the level of the students, you can choose to either read it aloud to them or have them read it silently. Start by reading the introduction and first section, stopping before Getting Organized.
  • As a class, make a list of things that you can research in a library. This list is obviously endless, so set a cap of a few minutes. This is just to help students understand the importance of research and libraries in general.
  • Continue reading the remainder of the lesson.

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