Big Six Intro
The Bright Bird Story
National Geographic Kids
Animal Fact Guide
Big 6 Skills
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
5.1 Organize from multiple sources
5.2 Present the information
6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)
Notes- paraphrased research on notebook paper.
Pictures- Include 3-5 from Encyclopedia Britannica online
Synthesis- Include three paragraphs (see below for organization)
Bibliography- citation from Encyclopedia, citation from print book, citation from Internet citation.
Evaluation- 2-3 Sentences evaluating your work
HOWL- Animal Research
Step #1: TASK DEFINITION (Select an animal that you would like to learn about)
PART II: Assignment #1: Come up with 12-15 questions about your animal.
STEP #2: INFORMATION SEEKING STRATEGIES (What are the best sources I can use to find this information?)
STEP #3: LOCATION AND ACCESS
Where can I find these sources?
Who can help me find these sources?
STEP #4: USE OF INFORMATION
Assignment 2:Find an answer to 2-5 questions using the Encyclopedia
Use of an Encyclopedia
Assignment 3: Recording a book citation
Find a book on your animal. Record citation and answer 2-5 questions from the book.
List title, author(s)
Name of Publisher
City and State where published
See examples :
Title: Eagle Watching · Author(s): Diane Bair and Pamela Wright · Name of Publisher: Capstone Press · City and State where published: Mankato, Minnesota · Copyright Date: 2000 · Title: Soaring with the wind:The Bald Eagle · Author(s): Gail Gibbons · Name of Publisher: Morrow Junior Books · City and State where published: New York, NY · Copyright Date: 1998
Assignment 4: Using the Internet find information from at least one source to answer any remaining questions you have on your animal.
* *Animal Web Sites
Don't Forget to include the sources you use! You need at least 4.
Step #5 COMPILATION AND SYNTHESIS-
1. Each day, you will blog about the information you found. Start the blog with the date. Then you will list the information you found or worked on as well as the citation for any sources you used during the day. Feel free to add pictures to go with the information you found.
2. Once Assignment four is completed, you will write a one page report on what you learned about your animal. Include a few pictures throughout the report and a bibliography at the end of the report.
*The report should be organized as follows:
Paragraph #1: Introduction- what interests you in this animal, why did you choose it, where does it live?
Paragraph #2-4: Body- How does your animal survive? captivity vs. wild, a pet? predators? How does it move? What adaptations does it have? What does it travel in (a herd, a pack)? What does it eat? (This is the meat of your report which answers a lot of your questions.
Last Paragraph: Conclusion- Interesting facts, and summation of what you learned
Step #6: Evaluation
Before you show your book(final product) to others, make sure it is as perfect as possible. You should be proud to put your name on your paper. You should also be able to answer "YES" to all of these questions before you turn in your paper:
Did you do everything in the assignment and include all that was required for your weebly?
Does your final book show your original ideas as well as other information you found?
Did you give credit to all of your sources in a bibliography (Reference page)?
Did you include pictures to support your text?
Would you be proud for anyone to read your weebly? (principal, asst principal, classroom teacher, zoo keeper)?
Research Plan Written By Beth Morris-Wong, Library Media Teacher, modified by Kati Rafacz, Library Media Teacher
"Sometimes, you read a book so special that you want to carry it around for months after you've finished just to stay near it." Mark Zusak