Research RoundUp – 2016

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Research :Mediterranean Center of Medical Sciences under CC BY 2.0

Research RoundUp – 2016

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.”

Zora Neale Hurston, “Dust Tracks on a Road”

Lately in the Library – This section includes recent research lessons that involved the library, whether through direct instruction or collaboration


Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the conversations about research during this first half of the school year. Each “Lately in the Library” section of the Research RoundUp will include an update about recent research lessons that involved the library in some way, whether through direct instruction or collaboration. This post highlights, amongst other work, some of the collaboration with the library and Grade 7 I&S and Science.

Grade Level & Subject Research Skill Resource
7 – Science Step 1 – Task Definition: Students establish clear and focused inquiry / research questions within a determined topic Mining for Mobiles notetaking sheet
Modeling it off of the Influence notetaking sheet the students had used in another unit,  Grade 7 developed this notetaking sheet as a class, creating the inquiry and research questions off of the task sheet.
7 – I&S Step 3 – Location & Access: With support and scaffolding, students can select and navigate age-appropriate general library resources (databases, encyclopedias, catalogs, etc) to locate specific information sources. Encyclopaedia Britannica Tutorials
Students watched tutorials on how to use Encyclopeadia Britannica effectively and discussed helpful tools and features before starting their background research. There was a strong emphasis on EB’s usefulness in the early stages of research, developing effective keywords and search terms, and using the available tools.
7 – Science Step 3 – Location & Access: With support and scaffolding, students can evaluate sources for currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy and purpose CRAAP. CRAAP Test
Fake Websites
Evaluating & comparing Web resources
Students were introduced to the CRAAP method of evaluation, used it to determine whether websites were fake or authentic and then analyzed resources they found for their inquiry.  
7 – I&S and Science Step 4 – Use of Information: Students take notes with the appropriate MLA citation information. Influence Presentation Sheet
Mining for Mobiles notetaking sheet
Each of these notetaking sheets contain an explicit place for students to record from where they got the information.
7 – I&S Step 5 – Synthesis: Students will use signal phrases to indicate the origin of their research. Grade 6-8 MLA Citation Quick Guide
Signal Phrase Bingo

 

New Resources – This section features resources to support student research, developed collaboratively between librarians and classroom teachers.

 

Grade Level Research Skill Resource
4 – STP 1. Task Definition

Provide outline of task definition; Define the information problem; Identify information needed

Tips for Generating Keywords
4 – STP 2. Information Seeking Strategies

Students are able to determine all possible sources and select the best sources.

Choosing the Best Electronic Resource for Me (PebbleGo, Ducksters, EB)
Electronic Resource Evaluation Tool
4 – STP 3. Location and access

Students are able to locate sources and perform an evaluation of possible sources.

Using Keywords to Read NonFiction Texts
4 – STP 3. Location and access

Students are able to locate sources and perform an evaluation of possible sources.

Exploring Encyclopaedia Britannica
5 – HTWW 3. Location and access

Students are able to locate sources and perform an evaluation of possible sources.

Take it A.P.A.R.T.

 

Spotlight On – This section highlights research resources developed independently by classroom teachers.

Grade Level & Teacher Research Skill Resource
Weekes & Nanwani – Grades 3 & 5 1. Task Definition

Provide outline of task definition; Define the information problem; Identify information needed
2. Information Seeking Strategies

Students are able to determine all possible sources and select the best sources.

Planning my Research – Julian created a resource template for Grade 5 students to plan/track their research resources, and Sangeeta modified it for Grade 3. I recommend using this as a planning document to help students direct their research, not as a mandatory checklist for required types of resources.
Weekes – Grade 5 1. Task Definition

Provide outline of task definition; Define the information problem; Identify information needed

Inquiry Questions through key Concepts – Julian created a template for students to brainstorm inquiry questions through the lens of the PYP key concepts. Great way to get students thinking about what they need to know!


Do you have any resources you’ve found or created to support student research? Please share them on
this form so we can start a bank of resources.

Research about Research – This section includes research on best practices for teaching research skills to elementary and/or secondary students.


Using Inquiry Based Instruction to Teach Research Methods to 4th Grade Students in an Urban Setting
– The findings and discussion section of this article (last two pages) will be most interesting to YIS teachers.