Students in the Lower School meet in class groups once a week for storytime, research, and library skills lessons. Middle School students work on research projects and genre book reports during class scheduled times. 

Curriculum by Grade Level

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  • Pre-Kindergarten

    The aim of the Pre-K Library curriculum is to simultaneously establish a love of reading and an understanding of the library’s function as a source of information. The Pre-K program promotes responsibility and independence through a focus on book identification and treatment. Students understand the unique functions of author and illustrator and learn the distinct conventions of fairy tales. Location of materials in the picture book section via author’s last name is a practice that all students engage in. Author visit opportunities allow students to engage with authors and illustrators firsthand and better understand the writing and publishing processes at a professional level. An introduction to William Shakespeare’s life through a biography project and play based read alouds help develop a love and nascent understanding of the Bard.

    The pre-Kindergarten library program enables students to:
    • Recognize Pegasus books by their ID stamp, label and barcode.
    • Demonstrate the proper treatment of books.
    • Understand that the library has an exact organization.
    • Explore the picture book and fairy tale collections and  understand how to locate each type.
    • Check out books and take responsibility for them.
    • Recognize fairy tale conventions.
  • Kindergarten

    Kindergarten students continue to explore the Library as a place to develop a love of literature through read alouds and participation in the Caldecott Club. They broaden their understanding of a Library’s function through the introduction of the non-fiction section and its various subject areas. Students are offered a greater degree of independence through the assignation of individual library accounts and through the introduction of the beginning reader section.  Homeroom curriculum is enhanced by picture book read alouds related to units of study taking place within the kindergarten classrooms. Author visit opportunities allow students to engage with authors and illustrators firsthand and better understand the writing and publishing processes at a professional level. Shakespeare education is continued through shared picture book read alouds and various Shakespeare activities.  

    The Kindergarten library program enables students to:

    • Identify the differences between fiction and non-fiction books.
    • Use spine labels on library books to understand how books are classified and shelved.
    • Understand the Dewey Decimal System and library organization.
    • Recognize how the Caldecott Medal is earned and formulate opinions on illustrative techniques.
    • Discover the beginning reader section of the library and understand its organization.
    • Discuss the functions of authors and illustrators.
    • Learn proper book care and responsibility for borrowed materials.
  • First Grade

    The goal of the first grade Library curriculum is to further encourage a love of reading while at the same time developing and defining one’s unique preferences as a reader. Students are encouraged to articulate strategies for selection of both fiction and non-fiction sources. Through participation in the California Young Reader Medal Program, students engage in discussions of award winning literature. Students are introduced to different literary genres using the beginning chapter book section and are encouraged to broaden their selections by attempting different genres. Author visit opportunities allow students to engage with authors and illustrators firsthand and better understand the writing and publishing processes at a professional level.
    A focus on Shakespeare’s words and his contributions to and influence on the English language is the focus of the first grade Shakespeare curriculum

    The first-grade library program enables students to:
    • Understand and utilize the Dewey Decimal System and library organization to locate fiction and non-fiction books.
    • Articulate criteria for winning a California Young Reader Medal and participate in statewide voting.
    • Compare and contrast books with similar themes.
    • Discover different literary genres using the beginning chapter books section.
    • Begin to develop unique reading preferences through self selection.
    • Access, evaluate, and use information appropriately.
  • Second Grade

    At the second grade level, Pegasus Library students begin a more in depth study of source evaluation, selection, and application. They practice ethical research habits while exploring a country of their heritage. Students continue to explore and analyze quality literature through group read alouds and further develop their unique preferences as readers through the introduction of the intermediate fiction section. The Library curriculum in second grade seeks to enhance the studies taking place in homeroom through an emphasis on biographies and fairy tale conventions. A second grader’s Shakespeare education continues through a more in-depth look at Shakespeare’s life and plays and through various Shakespeare activities. Author visit opportunities allow students to engage with authors and illustrators firsthand and better understand the writing and publishing processes at a professional level.
  • Third Grade

    The third-grade Library curriculum includes a greater focus on developing sound research skills and avoiding plagiarism. Students practice locating, evaluating, and synthesizing information and are exposed to the MLA works cited format for the first time. Though an increased emphasis is placed on non-fiction source selection and evaluation, students continue to explore their unique preferences as readers through an introduction of the Library catalog and an exploration of the various genres of fiction. A more in-depth look at the realistic fiction genre and its characteristics helps support the third grade curriculum. A love of literature is encouraged through group read alouds, the availability of a third grade book club, and through author visits. The Shakespeare curriculum continues with a focus on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and through an introduction to Renaissance entertainment and games such as 9-Men Morris.

    The third-grade Library program enables students to:
    • Practice research skills through collecting, organizing, and synthesizing information,
    • Evaluate multiple media sources for credibility and reliability.
    • Understand conventions of multiple fictional genres and develop unique preferences as a reader.
    • Explore realistic fiction genre in greater depth.
    • Conduct in-depth research on endangered rainforest animals.
    • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to use MLA Works Cited format.
    • Independently access and use the online library catalog to locate book sources from home and school.
  • Fourth Grade

    Fourth-grade Library students continue their exploration of their unique preferences as readers through a more in-depth study of the Library catalog and its capacities and through participation in the California Young Reader Medal program. Further practicing ethical research skills is a key area of emphasis. The introduction of web based citation generators like NoodleTools and a focus on website evaluation for reliability adds to the research conducted in homerooms. A fourth grader’s study of Shakespeare continues with a focus on Romeo and Juliet. The aim to increase all students’ love of literature continues through author visits, read alouds, and the availability of voluntary programs such as Battle of the Books.

    The fourth-grade Library program enables students to:
    • Participate in the California Young Reader Medal program and articulate personal criteria for voting.
    • Efficiently locate various library media through the use of the OPAC and knowledge of the library’s organization.
    • Evaluate websites on the basis of URLs for reliability and bias.
    • Utilize NoodleTools to produce citations for research projects.
    • Avoid plagiarism through proper note taking techniques.
    • Develop and articulate personal preferences as a reader.
  • Fifth Grade

    The fifth-grade Library curriculum seeks to prepare and support students for the in-depth research occurring in the homeroom social studies units. A greater study of works cited and plagiarism (identifying and avoidance) takes place at the beginning of the fifth grade year. The location and evaluation of sources is continued and emphasized. Through the provision of login credentials for the Library catalog, students garner more responsibility and practice digital citizenship in a controlled environment. Fifth graders expand their knowledge of fictional genres through book talks and lessons on genre conventions. The aim to increase all students’ love of literature continues through author visits, read alouds, and the availability of voluntary programs such as Battle of the Books. Shakespeare education is expanded in the fifth grade when students study Macbeth and are included in middle school level programs such as the L.A. Troupe performance and monologue competition.

    The fifth-grade library program enables students to:
    • Practice sound research skills, including location and evaluation of various media sources and proper use of MLA Works Cited format.
    • Understand fair use, plagiarism, and copyright laws.
    • Participate in the California Young Reader Medal program and articulate personal criteria for voting.
    • Further develop unique personal preferences as readers.
    • Study various fictional genres in greater depth.
    • Become further engaged with the Library catalog not only to locate various materials, but also to practice digital citizenship in an online environment.

Library Events

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  • Banned Books Week

    During Banned Books Week, censorship and the First Amendment are the objects of discussion in the Library from grades 4 through 8. The week culminates with a visit by a journalist or an author whose books have been censored. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association.
     
    Last year, the Library hosted young adult author Sonya Sones. She spoke to students about her work and her experiences with censorship. Sones is a former film editor and is the author of many books, including Stop Pretending.
  • Battle of the Books

    In March, the Pegasus Battle of the Books teams compete in the interscholastic Battle of the Books competition at St. John's School in Orange. The Pegasus School will bring two teams of worthy competitors to battle it out with nine other Orange County public and private schools.
     
    Students in fourth and fifth grades prepare for the competition by reading and studying 19 noteworthy books. Battle of the Books meetings take place on a weekly basis in the Library.
  • Author Visits

    Books come to life when authors come to visit. This year we have welcomed a number of authors, including Click Clack Moo author Doreen Cronin. When she visited, multiple Newbery winner Pam Munoz Ryan talked about growing up bilingual and how that influences her subject matter and her characters. Shannon Hale talked about her very first published novel and, subsequent to her visit, that book won a Newbery Award. The same thing happened when Gennifer Choldenko came to talk about Al Capone Does My Shirts; it won a Newbery Award. Likewise, Brian Selznick's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, won a Caldecott Award. His powerpoint presentation fascinated both teachers and students by decoding the relationship of his illustrations to the story. Last year, it was fun to read a major article in the LA Times about Frank Beddor and hisLooking Glass Wars trilogy only two weeks after he signed those books at Pegasus. All these visits are another way of sparking the imagination and enthusiasm of our students: a high priority for the Pegasus Library.
  • Women in History Celebration

    One of the most memorable programs ever sponsored by the Pegasus Library is the Women in History Celebration. Pegasus mothers (and grandmothers) adopt women they admire as role models, research their lives and design appropriate costumes. During National Women’s History Month, they visit classrooms in the guise of these remarkable women. This has included speaking other languages, wearing armor, demonstrating ballet technique and always being prepared to answer—in characterwhatever questions the students may pose.
  • Parent/Child Book Club

    Once a month, students in fifth and sixth grades meet in the Library with their parents to discuss a mutually agreed upon book. Parents and children discuss thematic elements, ask open-ended questions, and make connections between literature and their lives. The following books are a sampling of the Book Club's selections thus far: Kate Dicamillo's The Magician's Elephant, Elise Broach'sMasterpiece, Jane Smiley'sGeorges and the Jewel, Carl Hiaasen's Scat, and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.
  • Caldecott Club

    Each year the American Library Association awards Caldecott Gold and Silver Medals to the illustrators of the outstanding picture books of that year. Since 1938 over 200 books have been honored. At Pegasus, Kindergartners and their parents are invited to read and enjoy the many winners by joining the Caldecott Club. They keep a record of their reading in special books logs, and, having read at least 40 Caldecott books, they are recognized in the library with certificates displays on the Caldecott Honored Reader Bulletin Board.
  • Shakespeare Club

    Shakespeare clubs prepare scenes from Shakespeare’s plays and present them to audiences of their peers and parents. Third-grade Shakespeareans, led by Sharon Goldhamer, study scenes from A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Fourth graders, led by Carin Meister, select scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Fifth graders, led by Keri Gorsage and Shannon Vermeeren, prepare scenes from 12th Night. Some of the Shakespeare groups perform scenes during our annual Middle School Shakespeare Monologue Competition in April.
  • Shakespeare Celebration

    Shakespeare’s birthday celebration has grown into a school wide week of activities: the middle-school monologue competition, a Nine-Men Morris tournament, an Elizabethan picnic, reference challenges, and opportunities for t-shirt and bookmark designs. Even the faculty participates by dressing up as a favorite Shakespeare character and performing during the monologue competition. This celebratory week creates an awareness and love for Shakespeare from a very early age and is a hallmark of the library.
The Pegasus School is a coed, non-profit, nonsectarian day school in Huntington Beach, California, that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. A Pegasus education equips bright, motivated students to achieve future academic success and make a positive impact on society.