Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mini Research Projects--Putting It All Together!

So far you have learned how to find information in books, find images online, and write citations for books and online images. Now you will have a chance to put this all together on a poster about one of your interests!

Goals for this lesson:
  • Learn more about one of your interests
  • Share information about your interest with other scholars
  • Practice finding library books
  • Practice quoting or paraphrasing facts
  • Practice making citations for books and online images

Step 1: Choose one of your interests or hobbies (not an animal this time). Examples would be a sport, a craft, or a favorite activity.

Step 2: Look for a book in the RES library about your interest or hobby. You can use OPALS to search for a book, or you can go straight to the library shelves. If you can't find a book on your interest or hobby, go back to step 1 and choose something else (you will need to use a library book for this project).

Step 3: Use sticky notes to mark three facts in your book.

Step 4: Quote or paraphrase your three facts on your organizer. Information about quoting or paraphrasing your information is in this blog post.

Step 5: Write a citation for your book on your organizer. Information about writing citations for books is in this blog post. Do not include page numbers, because you will be getting information from many different places in the book.

Step 6: Log on to your Chromebook. Use the sources on the RES library page for finding Free Reusable Images. Find an image that shows your interest and helps to describe in pictures the information you found in your book.  Copy the image and paste it into a Google document.

Step 7: Make a citation for the image and put it in the same Google document. Information about citing images is in this blog post.

Step 8: Check in with a teacher to verify your citation and then print out your Google document with the image and image citation.

Step 9: Put your image document and your organizer onto poster paper.

Step 10: Write a title, your name, and at least two reasons why we make citations on your poster.

When you're done, your poster should look something like this. (Your facts and citations from your book can be handwritten).

 Step 10:  Write at least 2 reasons why we need citations when doing research on your poster.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Finding and Citing Images

File:Lilac-Breasted Roller.jpg

Today we are going to be thinking about the best places to find images that we can use in our projects. Sometimes the images can be ones we create----but sometimes we want to use a great photograph or drawing that someone else has created. Pictures make projects even more interesting and exciting for your audience!

Our goals today are:

  • Learn about places to search for images that are free and available for your use
  • Learn how to cite your image sources
  • Practice your cutting and pasting skills

Minilesson: Can I use it? Why do I write a citation for it? How do I write a citation for it?

Some images are for can't use those.
Getty Images

Some images are "resuable" as long as you cite them.
Wikimedia Commons

Places to look for reusable images - listed on library website
RES Library website

How to cite an image: CESU fourth grade

Use the URL (web page address)


*****Google images is not an image source! Click on "View Image" to get the real URL***

Step 1: Pick a wild animal. You will be looking for an excellent picture of this animal in its natural habitat.

Step 2: Use the databases and search engines below to find great images of your animal. Check all four places before you decide your favorite image.

Step 4: Create a Google Document. Name it with the name of your animal.

Step 5: Copy and paste your favorite image of your animal into the Google Document.

Step 6: Copy and paste the citation (URL) for your image into the Google Document, below your image

Step 7: Share your document with Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

Mrs. Redford's example