Library Badges

The library badge-based curriculum is a blended learning environment that maximizes learning opportunities for each student.  It no longer matters if a student misses a week because they are self-paced through the curriculum. Students can speed up or slow down as needed to ensure they get the foundation necessary for understanding how information is organized, how to do research, and how to use technology tools to share what they know.  This is my space for curating the tools and tips I am using and learning along the way.

Badges for 3rd-5th Grades
Students will work independently to earn badges.  They must complete all of the starred badge work in one level before leveling up to the next level.  All activities focus on reading, comprehension, critical thinking, creating, and technology integration. 

I am using Edmodo with my badge program, but will also cross post videos and assignments to my blog for students who do not have permission to use Edmodo, and for librarians who want to follow how the program is progressing.

Here's my video introducing Edmodo to the students.  It is not intended to be an instructional tutorial.  It's just a fun way to (hopefully) get them excited about using Edmodo.




Level 1: Navigator - *Book Finder, *Book Parts, *Book Reviewer
Level 2: Digital Citizen - *Copyright and Fair Use, *Cybersafety

Level 3: Researcher - *Note Taking, *Reference Sources, *Evaluating Sources, *Research (in collaboration with classroom teacher), *Presentation
Level 4: Collaborator - *Book Club, Blogger, Creating Tutorials, Podcasting, Curator (Symbaloo, MentorMob, Learnist)
Level 5: Innovator - Tech Troubleshooting, Problem Solving, Robotics, Coding, Word Processing (Word), Spreadsheets (Excel), Presentation Tools (Prezi, PowerPoint)

Orientation and Younger Grades

QR Code Scavenger Hunt
This is a brief sample of a QR code scavenger hunt you can give the students.  You can also have upper elementary students create scavenger hunts for younger students.

Scavenger Hunt Worksheet - students will answer the questions based on what they learn by scanning the QR codes

Scavenger Hunt QR Codes - place the codes in the corresponding section of your library.  You don't have to paste the picture with the code.  That's to help you remember which code goes with which question.  It can be helpful for younger students to have the image, too.


Student Created Videos
Videos created by students can be used in other classes for instruction and examples for students to create similar instructional videos.  I have a digital picture frame that can play mp4s and rotate student videos on it throughout the year.  Students enjoy seeing their videos playing in the library and other students like to watch what their peers have created, too. I usually display student podcasts, ebooks, and art projects, but here are some instructional examples:


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Keeping the Library Neat

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Taking Care of Library Books

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Using a Shelf Marker

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Searching the Online Catalog



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