This lesson plan and corresponding reproducible appear in Teaching Elementary Students Real-Life Inquiry Skills by Kristy Hill. In this book, Hill provides guidelines that elementary students can use to evaluate resources for accuracy and credibility, explains how to teach students not only where to look for information but also how to gather and use that information, offers lesson plans that build research and note-taking skills, and teaches inquiry as a mode of learning. Learn more at https://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A5694P.
Hill explains how to use the lesson plans in the book:
The simple and engaging lessons are meant to be scaffolded from kindergarten through sixth grade. For younger students, the lessons might look more like the teacher or librarian modeling the steps and ideas, or it might look more like a whole group activity. After proper modeling, older students should be able to engage in the lessons independently or in small groups. There is no right or wrong way to do the lessons. Your professional judgment and knowledge of your students and curriculum requirements will help you determine how best to present and conduct the lessons.
Beginner researchers can complete this as a whole group, with teachers and librarians facilitating. Allow students to take turns using the computer, and project the screen for all to see. Discuss the scavenger hunt as you go.
Advanced researchers should be able to complete this activity independently or in small groups. Make a copy of the scavenger hunt for each student or small group, or allow them to upload it to their online drives or portfolios.
- What new information did you learn about sloths that you didn't already know?
- How easy or difficult was it for you to locate the information you were looking for?
- Share what you noticed about searching for information using the search engine versus searching for information in the National Geographic Kids' articles.
- How is searching for information using the Internet different from using a book? How is it the same?