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Pathfinders
Students selected research topics and found "Paths" to that topic in at least 3 different resources. Some topics were: Minnesota Vietnam War Birds, etc They found resources from at least 3 different sources. Students listed all of them on a few sheets of paper in a creative manner. Some students draw pictures, or cut out pictures, or use computer graphics. Lists of resources on the topics are put into a notebook. The first 5 students mentored the other students in their class on the process. The notebook helps teachers and students learn about researching!
Name That Dewey Category!
Non-Fiction organization: Students should have had some exposure to the 10 categories within the Dewey system for non-fiction. This activity has a fun format that will help students understand Dewey. Students analyze an image and identify it's subject and Dewey category.
Make A Match: Orientation to the Media Center
As students get acquainted or reacquainted with the Media Center, do more than just talk to them. Students match the picture with the words that describe it. This orientation clarifying expectations of behavior, location of critical areas, and reviewing skills can be fun to do.
Evaluating Websites
Just because certain websites are recommended when you do a search does not mean they are equally valuable. This lesson looks at the actual sites suggested by searches for specific subjects, and has the students look through them to evaluate how appropriate they would be to research on that topic.
Dewey Decimal Student Presentations
General Description: Students create a PowerPoint presentation on the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the 10 groups (2-3 students in each) create 3-5 slides on their section (500Õs, 600Õs, etc.) They include digital photos, explanations of the subject area, transitions, effects, animations, too.
Morning News Show
Students will use several resources to research information. They will then write a script and put together a slide shows for a daily live newscast. They will present what they have found to the school in a five to eight minute daily newscast. They will then meet and critique the job they did in their research and presentation of their information.
Copyright and Fair Use
Students start by completing the copyright worksheet to get an idea about their begginning understand of copyright/Fair Use issues. A class discussion should follow starting with presentation of actual laws regarding copyright and fair Use, then going through each item on the worksheet and discussing how the laws affect the answers.
Comparing Search Engines
The internet provides, almost instantaneously, us with an incredible quantity of information, with a notoriously low ratio of "quality" sites found on any given search. This lesson will help students understand some of pitfalls and techniques involved with searching for information on the internet.