The Big6™ Research Process
Information for Teachers
OVERVIEW of BIG6™The Big6™ and the Super3™ are registered trademarks for an information skills curriculum that was co-developed by Dr. Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz.Big6 website: www.big6.comTeacher Tips:
- Include your librarian in the planning of the project and in the teaching of research skills
Collaboration Planning Template
- Use the sample forms and websites that are included on this site for additional information.
- Be aware that giving your students opportunities to learn research skills not only meets our Information Skills Curriculum Objectives but also helps them become better problem solvers, critical thinkers, and decision makers
RESOURCES for EACH BIG6™ STEP
- 1. Task Definition
- 1.1 Define the information task (problem to solve or assignment to complete)
- 1.2 Identify information needed to complete the assignment or to solve the information problem
- 2. Information-Seeking Strategies
- 2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm)
- 2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (select the best sources)
.Web page Evaluation- An excellent tool for determining the value of a web page. Includes a downloadable format.
- 5 Ws of Website Evaluation by Kathy Schrock
- Rockwell Schrock's Boolean Machine
- Kid's Tools for Searching the Internet
- Choose the Best Search for Your Information Needs
- Read•Write•Think lesson plans for selecting best resources (grades 3-5).
Research Building Blocks: Hints About Print
Research Building Blocks: Selecting Electronic Resources
- 3. Location and Access
- 3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
- 3.2 Find information within sources
Guide students to a variety of information and include resources such as print materials (books, magazines), Internet sites, non-print materials (videos, maps), community resources (people, public library), Dewey Decimal Call Numbers, and search strategies (keywords and phrases).
*The Pathfinders Section is under construction and will be available soon.Online Databases
Infotrac on NC Wise Owl
Lands and People on NC Wise Owl
Jr. Reference on NC Wise OwlGreat places for teachers to find Internet sites and resources to support school projects
- 42Explore- This amazing site has preselected Web resources and activities for multiple topics.
- American Memory Collection- from the Library of Congress. If you teach social studies, you need to visit this page. Click on "Learning Page" for lessons and resources.
- Librarians' Index to the Internet
- KidsClick- Sites selected by librarians. Includes reading levels.
- Yahoo! Kids- Kid friendly sites. Check out the teacher section.
- Thinkfinity- Links to top sites in many disciplines, professionally developed lesson plans, classroom activities, materials to help with daily classroom planning, and more.
- Sweet Search--a search engine for students
- 4. Use of Information
- 4.1 Engage (read, hear, view) the information within a source
- 4.2 Extract relevant information from a source
Note-taking - Techniques for note-taking can be found at these sites:
- Trash-n-Treasure Notetaking-- This is a good method for teaching/learning note taking skills.
- Notemaking- This site has downloadable graphic organizers plus multiple methods for teaching note taking.
Graphic Organizers provide a way to organize information for note-taking, brainstorming, presentation and more. Several excellent graphic organizers can be found at these sites:
- Graphic Organizers- A great collection of downloadable GO's.
- WriteDesign On-Line - Graphic Organizers
- Graphic Organizers lots of graphic organizers from Teacher Vision
- Citing Sources:
- 5. Synthesis
- 5.1 Organize information from different sources
- 5.2 Present the information
- 6. Evaluation
- 6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
- 6.2 Judge the information problem-solving process (efficiency)
TECHNOLOGY and the BIG6™