Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Big6 Steps for Information Literacy


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

#1 - Task Definition
What is my research task? What types of information do I need?

#2 - Information Seeking Strategies
What are possible sources? Which sources are best for me?

#3 Location and Access
Where is each source? Where is the information in each source?

#4 Use of Information
How can I best use each source? What information in each source is useful?

#5 Synthesis
How can I organize all the information? How can I present the result?

#6 Evaluation
Is the task completed? How can I do things better?

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

Students are currently completing Step 1 by developing their research 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

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