I am currently building a research unit for grades 3-5 and wanted to share and get some feedback on the unit so far. It is planned as a 5 week unit. I will be teaching the basics of researching, while the grade level teachers cover content and notetaking skills.
Objective: TSWBAT research a topic of choice or assigned by teacher and find reliable sources, use smart search techniques, take notes, cite sources, and keep information organized.
Main ISTE Standard addressed: Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
Plan strategies to guide inquiry
Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks
Process data and report results
Also touched upon:
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
|Dates: March 14-April 15
|Week one- reliable sources*digital safety reminders
- review domain names
- clues to reliability: domain, dates, contact information
- wikipedia is not a reliable source- but can lead to reliable sources
|Week two- Citations,Creative Commons and Image searching
- Last, first (date). name of article, source.
- if url- www.worldbook.com (stop at .com, etc)
- how to search for images with free use, how to cite images
|Week three- Book research
- Using the online card catalog to locate books
- Nonfiction room set up
- Table of Contents
- Copyright page
- Locating information, writing specific page numbers
|Week four- Smart searching
- use – to eliminate
- use “ ” for exact
- site:edu will look just for edu sites
- tool- advanced search – can set up last updated, more restrictions
|Week four, five- Research and notetakinghttps://youtu.be/iAwsmWAr1Qs
|Safe search engines: Kiddle, kidrex, kidfriendlysearch.com, ivyjoy.com- has multiple kid search engines
In order to teach the unit and have students walk away with a reference guide, I created a research workbook. Normally, I am not a paper pencil kinda person, but for this unit and the fact students need to research without me being present to remind them of what we discussed, I felt this was the best way to go. Below is the link. After looking it over, please leave a comment on the blog here about changes, additions, deletions you feel are needed.
Another vehicle I am using to teach the information is Nearpod. I really like this product because as a teacher I am controlling what students are seeing/doing and I can make interactive lessons that are kinda cool! Again, please review the lessons and give feedback! It is kinda hard to get the full gist of the presentation, since I am not with you to talk through the info…but you can get the idea. I have it set up as homework, so I don’t control the content and progression. Go to www.nearpod.com at the top where it says JOIN SESSION type in the codes below.
Research week 1 Nearpod code TIZDA
Research week 2 Nearpod code AVPCD
Research week 3 Nearpod code LSIGK
I haven’t completed the Nearpod for weeks 4, 5-6. I will post them here when I get them finished.
So what do you think? Please let me know your thoughts on what has been created and what you think needs to be added. Feel free to use the materials I have created for yourself! Do you have a research unit and want to share? Please do! You can post links here or email it to me and I will add the resources!
Happy teaching and learning!