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Lessons from the Media Wiki

Lessons from Atlas Rubicon

Lessons from the Bloomington Website


Step 1:  Question



Student Skills Resources
Online Resources
-What do I need to know?
-What do I already know?
-What am I curious about?
-What keywords should I use?
My Research Planner - Question 
(word,   pdf,   google doc )

-Brainstorms a topic, problem or question based on interests or needs.

-Identifies one or two key words about a topic, problem or question.

-Identifies possible sources for information needed.

Blank WWH chart (word,   pdf,   google doc )

Blank KWHL chart (word,  pdf,   google doc )

Blank WWWW chart (word,  pdf,   google doc )


-Cluster/Word Web 1

Click here if you need help coming up with good keywords.


Step 2:  Gather


Student Skills Resources
Online Resources
-Where do I find my information?
-How do I know what resources to use?
-What makes a source reliable?
-How will I kee track of what I learn?
-How do I record all of the sources?

My Research Planner - Gather  

word,    pdf,   google doc 


 Know the difference between everybody books, chapter or fiction books and nonfiction books.

 Recognizes that nonfiction books are organized by categories.

 Recognizes the locations and purpose of important areas of the media center.

Recognizes the purpose of the call number on a book spine as a location tool. Fiction and Nonfiction Books “Movie” Fiction and Nonfiction Books Quiz (with audio)
-Elementary Test Prep: Fiction vs. Nonfiction (6 activities)

 Identifies parts of a book to locate information:

a.     K - Cover, spine, barcode,  illustrations

b.     1 - Call number, title page. 

c.     2 - Dedications, publisher, place of publication, copyright date.


-Education World: Fact and Fiction Lesson

Elementary Test Prep: parts of a book

-Parts of a Book Games

 Know that the library catalog gives access to information about the books and materials in the media center.

 Conduct simple subject search using electronic catalog


Destiny On-Line Catalog

Hints about Print

 Understand the internet as a source of information.

Use scroll up/down, click on links, Back button.  

Use pre-selected website to find information. My Notecards:  (word,      pdf,     google doc )   -CyberSmart: Good Sites Lesson for grades K-1
-CyberSmart: Finding Good Sites Lesson for grades 2-3
Search for information using a topical search in an online encyclopedia. My Notecards:  (word,      pdf,     google doc )    
Read and record simple information from a teacher-selected website My Notecards:  (word,      pdf,     google doc )  


Can state the difference between fiction and non-fiction books (true/make believe).

Recognizes facts.


Facts vs. opinion (Infinite Learning Lab)


Fact fragment frenzy


Step 3:  Conclude


Student Skills Resources
Online Resources
-How do I organize my information?

-Do all my facts agree?

-Do I need any more information?

-What did I learn by doing my research?

My Research Planner - Conclude word,    pdf,  google doc )


Determines main idea and supporting details by writing, drawing, or verbalizing.

Organizes information through sorting and categorizing.

Finds facts to answer questions from more than one source.

Restates answers to questions with simple factual answers.

Completes the L portion of the KWL chart with what new ideas were learned.

Adds new ideas to what was known.

Draws conclusion about the main idea with guidance.

      Make a chart with teacher assistance

      Most important to least important

      Order of events

Blank KWHL chart (word,  pdf,   google doc )   Main idea/supporting detail lesson-


Step 4:  Communicate


Student Skills Resources
Online Resources
-How will I share what I learned?

-What is the best way to present my research?

-Do I need to create or find some items to illustrate my findings?

-How will I credit the resources I used?

Begins to understand the concept of “audience”

Follows steps of writing process modeled by a  teacher.

Presents information in a variety of ways - art, music, poetry, movement, verbally or written.

Uses word processing and drawing tools to create a product.

Makes changes or “edits” based on teacher feedback and suggestions.

Retell a story, Explain a drawing, Describe an object, Create a graph or diagram.

My Research Planner - Communicate (word,     pdf,    google doc )


Step 5:  Evaluate


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-How did I do?

-Is my project complete?

-Did I meet my teacher's expectations?

-Did I do my best work and use my time wisely?

-What would I do differently on my next project?

My Research Planner - Evaluate (word,    pdf,     google doc )    

Identifies own strengths and sets goals for improvement.

Completes a project checklist.

Example of a research rubric

Assessment tools for different types of products.

Lessons from Atlas Rubicon:

Lessons from the Media Wiki:


1st grade

2nd grade

Research units from the Bloomington School District:

1st grade

2nd Grade