Written By Beth Morris, Library Media Teacher
This project will start in either December or January after the students have learned the important parts of a book, how to use and encyclopedia, how to use an almanac, and how to search on the Internet. It will end the third week in May.
Students will learn about the Big Six research method from Big Six Introduction. They will also view the power point presentation The Bright Bird Story which tells the story of a bird who uses the Big6 when designing the perfect nest. This bird is so bright, she even cites her sources! Bird Bird Story
We will also use the Media Mania Videos series (Fiction and Nonfiction, Card Catalog, Research, and Reference) and the Know-It-All video series as teaching and discussion tools.
Students will receive worksheets to answer the assignment questions and the teacher will review each assignment sheet before they move on to the next one.
Example by Alyssa and Candace
PART II: Let's come up with questions that we want to learn about our animal.
(These questions were selected by Mr. Barreto's, Ms. Bates', Ms. Conley's, and Ms. Markiel's 5th Grade classes)
Where can I find these sources?
Who can help me find these sources?
Assignment #2A: Internet printout
Assignment 2B: Using the Internet printout answer the following questions. Please write in complete sentences in your own words. DO NOT copy from the article.
See Austin and Adrian's work below.
Assignment #3A: Use of an Encyclopedia
Using the encyclopedia and printout, answer these five questions in a complete sentence. In your own words, please.
See Mariana's and Vanesa's work:
Find a book on your animal . List title, author(s), Name of Publisher, City and State where published, and copyright date.
See examples by Daniel and Alejandro below:
Assignment #4 Questions 6-12
Use animals web sites if possible for more info Animal web sites
Assignment #6 Question 16 and Interesting Facts about my animal
Only answer Q 16 if endangered or extinct for Q 15.
After students have answered all the questions and completed their assignments, they will receive a blank book, line guide, and the following directions. Students will have class time and time at home to create their final project, which will be a research report book on their animal.
Directions for making final animal books
How the Book should look - HINTS
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: