Big 6 Research for Teachers
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.com
your librarian in the planning of the project and in the teaching of research
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)
- Primary and Secondary Sources
- 5 Ws of Website Evaluation by Kathy Schrock
- ICYouSee: T is for Thinking--web page evaluation
- Rockwell Schrock's Boolean Machine
- 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
Britannica, Scholastic News, Grolier, and much more!!! NC Wise Owl
Dib Dab Doo and Dilly Too!--kid safe searching!
Great 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.
- 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
- Dib Dab Doo and Dilly Too!--super great 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.
- Trash-n-Treasure Example
- Notemaking- This site has downloadable graphic organizers plus multiple methods for teaching note taking.
- Take Note: 5 Lessons for Note Taking Fun
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.
- Graphic Organizer Index- Examples and suggestions for use of GO's.
- SCORE's Graphic Organizers
- WriteDesign On-Line - Graphic Organizers
- Graphic Organizers lots of graphic organizers from Teacher Vision
- Inspiration- Software for creating graphic organizers. Download a trial copy. Includes Kidspiration for younger kids.
5.1 Organize information from different sources
5.2 Present the information
6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the information problem-solving process (efficiency)
- Discovery School.com - Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators- Links to many areas of assessment.
- RubiStar Maker- Make your own rubric by selecting different categories from this excellent online tool.
- Project Checklists- Customize your own checklist for project based learning.
- Assessment Tools for Elementary
TECHNOLOGY and the BIG6™
- Include your librarian in the planning of the project and in the teaching of research skills