The unit we just started is all about research. Children first explored the term "research" and what it means. We brainstormed how to become experts and the web to the left explains some of our thinking.
From there we designed a kid friendly rubric to make sure we were asking thoughtful, inquiry questions that would help guide our research. I told the children that we would start with a 4 point scale. (4 being the highest score). Here's our thinking below.
Not asking a question.
You already know the answer to it.
Yes or No question
Your answer will be a few sentences long.
A thoughtful question that requires a lot of research to find the answer.
Examples are on the left.
Next, we were off to learn about different sources and how to take notes! (Yes, you read that right. Your children are taking notes) I had to do a little lesson about how we don't take the authors words and copy them. We learned how to read something (sometimes more than once to really understand it) and then restate the sentence in our own words. Children were introduced to a new graphic organizer and each day we worked on a new research question about fireflies. See below.
As we looked at our work, we noticed that different sources had similarities and differences. We compared and contrasted the two sources that we were using. (Text & online resource called PebbleGo).
Next steps involve summarizing this information to make a visual for our presentation. This is all done as a whole group so we can learn the steps of researching. Soon, children will learn how to collaborate in groups of three to research together and go through the same process. We are all very excited!
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