Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Collecting and Printing Online Information

Online information 
(from World Book, PebbleGo, websites)

Photos with nature by liontooth34 - This is made up of existing clipart from other users, remix can only tied to one. Sorry if yours was used and not credited
 Photos - not yet!

Document by Anonymous - A Document or page icon by Andrew Fitzsimon. Etiquette Icon set. From 0.18 OCAL database.
Text (mostly words) 

  • If you aren't sure if this is a good source, check with an adult before printing
  • Print in black and white
  • Decide what category the information fits into and write it at the top of the paper (example: Elephant Adaptations, Elephant Behavior, Elephant Diet)
  • Goal for the end of today: 1 book or 1 printed piece of information

Liontooth34. Photos. http://openclipart.org/people/liontooth34/photos.svg

Fitzsimon, Andrew. Anonymous_Document. http://openclipart.org/people/Anonymous/Anonymous_Document.svg

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Internet Research

Green Light sites - always okay to explore

Yellow Light sites – discuss with an adult before using


2)Try school-recommended sites on the library web page

3)Try other search engines besides Google:   
4) Broader and Narrower Search Terms
  • Not enough results? Use a broader term: “bears”
  • Too many results? Use a narrower term: “grizzly bears”

5) Is this a good website for me?
  • Can the author be trusted?
  • Does this site have the information I need?
  • Is the information accurate? (not a tree octopus!)
  • Is this site up to date?
  • Is the reading level good for me?

Capstone Project Research Questions #resvt #cesuvt

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RES Fourth graders have been working on their interest-based Capstone Projects, and they have each developed a research question they will use to focus their investigations. We are so impressed by the thoughtfulness of the questions! Our students have a great breadth of interests, and we can't wait to see the results of their research!

-Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

Capstone Project Research Questions

  • How did people develop the idea of hieroglyphics?
  • What physical characteristics do dogs have that make them good runners?
  • How are rookie stats from the 2012-2013 season different than experienced NBA players?
  • How was soccer invented?
  • How do cartoonists think of good characters?
  • How and why was skiing invented?
  • How do legends from different countries compare?
  • How was snowboarding invented and how did it evolve over time?
  • How do the people that make game characters make them come to life?
  • Why are pandas endangered?
  • Why do Lionel Messi’s characteristics make him a successful soccer player?
  • How do you know dogs’ emotions?
  • Why is Ilya Bryzgalov a successful hockey player?
  • How did the Garfield comic strip get famous?
  • How did The Script band start singing?
  • How do leopards pick a mate?
  • How can people help elephants?
  • How do comedians think of funny material?
  • How are airplanes made?
  • Why is there different weather in different places?
  • How do koalas live?
  • How were castles attacked in medieval times?
  • How are different types of screens made?
  • What did a Civil War soldier carry, and why?
  • How do gymnasts develop the motion of a back flip?
  • How did different breeds of dogs become different?
  • How do small saltwater fish survive in the ocean?
  • How has Disney World changed from when it was first built to how it is now in 2013?
  • How are chemicals used in cold medicine?
  • How are cars manufactured?
  • How do elephants survive in the wild?
  • How did the Minecraft creators make Minecraft?
  • What inspires songwriters to write popular songs?
  • How do computers work?
  • How are magnets used in technology?
  • How do leopards survive in the wild?
  • How do you make video games?
  • How easily did Usain Bolt become a professional runner compared to other world class runners?
  • How do computer games get made?
  • How do you decide on what dog food to give your dog?
  • How do companies make tennis rackets differently?
  • Why is France a popular place to visit?
  • How was Minecraft made and what are some of it’s mobs?
  • What is the history of sign language?
  • Why are beagles good pets?
  • Why are some cars faster than others?
  • How do farmers plant/raise organic bananas?
  • How do you setup a website?
  • How do netbooks work?
  • Why do bumble bee hummingbirds act the way they do?
  • Why is Italy a popular place to visit?
  • How do seahorses survive in the water?
  • How do you become a player of the professional soccer league?
  • How do you become a player in the Major League Baseball (MLB)?
  • Why are elephants able to live in Africa?
  • Why is the Superdome so famous?

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David Vignoni from http://commons.wikimedia.org

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Big6 Skills for Information Literacy

Fourth grade students will be using the Big6 Skills as they research and prepare their Capstone Projects. The Big6 Skills are:

1. Task Definition

1.1 Define the information problem
1.2 Identify information needed

2. Information Seeking Strategies

2.1 Determine all possible sources
2.2 Select the best sources

3. Location and Access

3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
3.2 Find information within sources

4. Use of Information

4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch)
4.2 Extract relevant information

5. Synthesis

5.1 Organize from multiple sources
5.2 Present the information

6. Evaluation

6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)

The Big6 approach was developed by longtime educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz as a way to help students structure their research process. More information about the Big6 is available at http://big6.com/.

Students are currently completing Step 1 by developing their research questions. In Step 2 they will be identifying sources of information to help them answer these questions. They have come up with some amazing research questions already, and we plan to share these questions on this blog in the next few weeks.

Big6 skills and worm image are from http://big6.com/