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I'm a third grade teacher from Wyoming.

Thanks, again!

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Mary Beth,
Steal away! :) I figured that the diagram you posted can take an enormous amount of time. Unfortunately, my students are only "taught" computer skills for about 15 minutes during their library/media time--not nearly enough, in my opinion! Therefore, since I am their regular education teacher, I must teach "everything else", but I also want research included in this "everything else" because I know how imperative it is and will continue to be for them in their academic futures. Our library catalog system, which is online, contains a search engine for Internet research named Destiny--this might be what we use, along with some of the safe search engines you mentioned. Also, Destiny provides research and information by grade level--which will be even more helpful for differentiated instruction! I know that my students can surf the Internet--that isn't the question. But I must teach them the proper way to do it at school; also, not forgetting to teach the students what to do in the event that something inappropriate pops up on the screen! (That's bound to happen!) I will definitely take it a step at a time and also try to cover all possible bases. (If we start now, we should be done by May!?) Thank you, again!
Stacy Martinez

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

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I'd love to see your graphic organizer! Feel free to message me.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Deb

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Sorry for the delayed response. Thanks so much for the resource! I am not a media specialist/librarian and I have a lot of respect for your knowledge and expertise!

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

I love that idea for your

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I love that idea for your animal research! I might steal it ;) As for further suggestions, as you state, research requires a lot of prerequisite work before turning the kids loose. The diagram in the post could easily take up an entire report card period! I would think backwards--what do you need your students to know how to do? Once you've whittled that down, then you can plan for how you will chunk and teach the process. For this project, I'm not going to go over finding copyright free images unless we have time. My main focus is on finding accurate information and synthesizing it.

Let me know how it goes!

I'm a third grade teacher from Wyoming.

Thank you for the resources!

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Mary Beth,
Thank you for the websites! They will definitely come in handy for me. It was almost as though you were intentionally appealing to me! I teach third grade and one of the last [big] projects that my students will be working on this year is an animal report. When you mentioned that you do not want your students to regurgitate the information to you I could not agree more! This year, to put a new spin on things, I am going to take a more constructivist approach. Therefore, instead of the students simply looking up information on their selected animal and relaying that information to me, I will have the students pretend to BE that animal. In other words, after thorough research, the students will fill out a four-square graphic organizer--making sure to find out what their chosen animal looks like, eats, when and where it hunts, what type of bedding or nesting it lives in, and other interesting facts. Then, the students will have to pretend to BE that animal when writing their reports--by presenting their information in a way that would describe a day in their life as the chosen animal. (Duck--"I waddled to the pond to look for a bite to eat...") This way, the students will not only be obtaining the information, each student will also use the information in order to properly portray their chosen animal. To make this project even more enjoyable, when all of the students have completed their "animal report", I am going to have them present their animal report via video to the rest of the class while the rest of the class will guess what animal is being presented. I think the students will really enjoy this! I have never visited the website sweetsearch.com, however I think this website will be a great starting off point. Do you have any additional pointers as to how I can best teach the topic of researching the Internet? Or, would the flowchart you posted be the most suffice place to start? I know researching the Internet can [in and of itself] be a complete lesson--but it must be done prior to "turning the kids loose" online! Thanks again and thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy post!
Stacy Martinez

The Good Search!

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I am an elementary librarian. I teach research skills in the library and have created website evaluations and graphic organizers to guide my students in their research process. I love your flow chart and SweetSearch! We should compare graphic organizers sometime!

5th grade teacher from Bucks County, PA

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Thanks for sharing your information. I am in a new grade this year (moved from 2nd to 5th) and am trying to figure out how I want the research process to work. This is the first year I am working with a grade that does a research project in the library (with our librarian) but then works on their research writing and presentation in with the classroom teacher. There's definitely a lot of pre-research and post-research planning and lessons to include in the process. For sure a huge task!

Teacher-Librarian who loves learning with her students and passionate educa

Hi Marybeth! In library land

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Hi Marybeth! In library land we refer to Research as Inquiry and use this method in all kinds of information based learning experiences. I would look at Barbara Striplings Inquiry Model to slightly change things up next go round! A great new collaborative book is Teaching for Inquiry, Engaging the Learner Within. It's pricey and a bit library school textbook like, but I think it lends a bigger picture understanding of the process. Thanks for taking this on in a school w/o a library and library program. What a shame!
Deb

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