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A research process based Big6 created by Michael Eisenburg and Bob Berkowitz. It is a great tool for helping kids learn how to research without the frustration that usually happens when there is too much to learn and too many materials from which to choose.

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  1. 1. Big6 Research with Aptitude!
  2. 2. <iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen></iframe> You have a research project to do but do not know where to start. With Big6 you will learn the right steps to take whether you are trying to research an animal, buy a car or look for a pair of socks on a cold morning.
  3. 3. Step 1 - Task Definition   or What am I researching?    <ul><ul><li>Decide what you want or need to research? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is my topic? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elephants </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do I need to narrow my topic? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>African Elephant </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elephants of the Kalahari </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide what information I need to find in order to research the right things. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What questions do I have or need to find? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What do I already know about these elephants? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Food, environment, offspring, herding or loner? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are they endangered? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Step 2 - Information Seeking Strategies or  What sources can I use to find my information? <ul><ul><li>Brainstorm places to look - No idea is silly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Television programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Magazines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zookeepers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose the sources that will work best for my research. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Library Books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Magazines </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Step 3 - Location and Access or Where can I find the information will work for my report? <ul><ul><li>Find the sources  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Use WebCat to find a book at school or another school </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use the online card catalog at the Public Library to find a book </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a quality search engine such as Google to find some websites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use a magazine index to find an article that will help </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide what information will be most useful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Use the index in books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use critical thinking when deciding on a website </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Read the entire article in the magazine </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Put aside those things that won't work as well </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Step 4 - Use of Information or What can I use to finish my report? <ul><ul><li> Read Read Read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Look at my questions and find answers within my sources  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extract the information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take Notes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get pictures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Download articles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Write my rough draft </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Step 5 - Synthesis or  A fancy word for write the report <ul><ul><li> Use the sources to write my report and proof read it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> This is where I create my report and make a final copy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure all the information is covered </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  If I am missing something, go back to step 2 & 3 to see what I need to add or find </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn in my final report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure I have my bibliography ( I didn't write all this stuff on my own) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure all the requirements are met </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Present to my class or group or turn it in for a grade </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Step 6 - Evaluation or How did I do from start to finish? <ul><ul><li>How did my final report look? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did I do a good job finding information? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did I turn it in on time? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did I write a report I am proud of presenting? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did I do all the things that were needed? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How did I do in researching my information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did I find the right kind or resources? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did they have the kind of information I needed? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Should I have chosen others as well? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did I use my time effectively? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Did I get things done on time? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How did the process help my research? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. So there you have it - 6 simple steps - Each one as valuable as the last or the next. With this process, any kind of research is possible from a simple report on how animals find food to a Doctoral Thesis. Simple process Amazing results. Now - Go out and experience this for yourself!