Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Big6 Step #5: Synthesis -- also known as Capstone Presentations

One example Capstone Presentation
Research Question was, "How did the band The Script get their start?"

Big6 Steps for Information Literacy

#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 present the results? How can I organize all the information?

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


#5 Synthesis, otherwise known as your Capstone Presentation!

  • How can I present the answer to my research question?
  • How can I organize all the information in my presentation? 

A few more examples:

Research Question: How does the weather in the rainforest affect the environment in the rainforest?
Research Question: How was soccer invented?

Research Question: How are rookie stats from the 2012-2013 season
different than experienced players?

Big6 skills and worm image are from

Friday, March 7, 2014

Research Sources

"How does smoking affect the brain?"
source: iPad app

RES fourth graders are collecting information to help them answer their research questions for their independent Capstone Projects. This morning Ms. Senning's class was using a variety of research sources as they gathered information. In the year 2014, information doesn't just come from books...or from the Internet! The scholars had excellent, thoughtful discussions with each other about how to tell if their sources were reliable. These projects are an opportunity for our scholars to practice their research and critical thinking skills as well as to learn more about topics they are passionate about.

"What did ninja and samurai use for weapons and armor and why did they choose them?"
and "Who is King Tutankhamen and what did he do for Egypt?"
sources: websites

"How is primate behavior like human behavior?"
sources: websites

"Who invented basketball and how?"
source: website

"How does bioluminescence work?"
sources: iPad app and book

"Why is the Mars Land Rover on Mars and what is it doing?"
source: website

"How has boxing changed from how it originated to the current day?"
sources: book and website

"How do wolves survive in the wild?"
sources: websites

"How does smoking affect the brain?"
sources: book, iPad app, interview with scientist