5th grade students discussed plagiarism, copyright laws, fair use, and bibliographies in their library classes recently. To demonstrate these concepts one class activity had two blindfolded students each fed a friend some food. The "eaters" each wore a bib (like a baby would) and gave directions to the "feeder". Afterwards, the "feeder" had to guess what was on the plate of food by only looking at the food left on the bib. Similarly, a Bibliography reflects to readers, who never saw the writer's "plate", the sources (other texts and writings) used. To conclude, students practiced creating their own sample Bibliography.
These concepts help students grow in wisdom by settings a foundation for college readiness, information literacy, and communicative excellence; they also allow students to grow in character in the areas of excellence and honesty. The above qualities are a part of the SCS Graduate Profile. These lessons meet American Association of School Librarian's Standards 1.3.1 and 1.3.3 (Respect copyright/intellectual property rights of creators and producers. Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information.) and also Common Core State Standard CC.5.W.8 (provide a list of sources). Overall, the aim is to see students display academic integrity throughout their academic careers.