Respecting Property: Grades 2-4
In this colorful book, Sunrise Elementary School needs a
thick-skinned librarian to take care of the books in their school. Miss Lotta
Scales is immediately hired upon responding to the school’s advertisement for
someone who is “on fire with enthusiasm.” Who could be better for this job than
a live dragon? Miss Lotta Scales takes her job very seriously, but upon hearing
young Molly Brickmeyer reading aloud to other students, Miss Lotta Scales
learns the value of sharing these precious books and transforms into Miss
Lotty, the lovable librarian.
This book is a wonderful read aloud that will keep the
entire class engaged. The book also includes a variety of lessons applicable to
a typical school day for elementary school students. Try this activity with
your class after reading The Library
Dragon together (this activity works particularly well before a class trip
to the library).
- Discuss with students why they think the Library
Dragon was overly protective of the books. What may have caused her to become
this way? What could she have done to make sure the books stayed safe?
- Talk with students about book care and why it is
necessary to follow rules created for the school library.
- Bring copies of books that have been mistreated
to use as examples for what happens when one or a few people choose to not
treat a school book with care.
- Discuss the Library Dragon’s rules. Which rules
were useful? Which were not?
- Finish off by discussing all of the wonderful
things the school librarian does to make the library great.
- Take your class to the library and enjoy!
You can find a complete summary of The Library Dragon here
and for the full teacher’s guide, click here