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How to help kids develop pre-search strategies

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  • 1. Pre-search Julia Leong MSE MSD April 2014
  • 2. Coming up with an essential question • Is it a Googleable or non Googleable question. e.g. What elements make up water? • Is there enough safe drinking water in the world?
  • 3. Need to Know • What do we need to know? • In trying to find out what are the elements in water, does a student know what an element is?
  • 4. Understand the question • Use synonyms, look up words, and define the question. • Students rewrite the question
  • 5. Journal the pre-search • It might include words, definitions, reflections, and ”Need To Know” questions, 
  • 6. Defining the learning goal • The pre-search journey is the goal, not the answer
  • 7. Defining the answer • all questions may not have a Googleable answer. Allow them to build knowledge • the internet does not hold all answers. • Compare/contrast with Diffen
  • 8. Different ways to find answers • data bases do they have access to, what might be in the library, are there are other search engines, are there non-traditional research sources such as interviews, museums, transcripts, the hidden internet, or other possibilities?
  • 9. Wikipedia • Reference desk • Fix the wikipedia site
  • 10. Wordle Key words • pre-search strategy - placing an article on a topic into Wordle… perhaps from Wikipedia,
  • 11. Answer Garden • Answer Garden
  • 12. Mind map • https://www.text2mindmap.com • http://www.instagrok.com • fishbone • http://rwtinteractives.ncte.org/view_interactive.aspx?id
  • 13. Research Underground city • 1. Show students photos of different cities. 2.Develop an essential question you are going to research • 3. Wikipedia underground cities. Copy and paste description into wordle.net. How does that help you to think about your subject differently. • 4. Look at the bottom of the wikipedia page. Compare/contrast 2 different categories of underground cities. diffen.com • 5.Re-write your question