ICT skills: adding information to Inspiration, creating more symbols
Information skills: skimming and scanning text, predicting, finding evidence, adjusting
Using Information for Prediction
Students will look at how visual cues such as titles and pictures help us to predict what
information is going to tell us. This first activity is done before the students read the book.
It can be done as a whole group activity with teacher around the computer or in pairs.
The first activity is ‘Look carefully at the cover, contents page and index of this book. What
predictions can you make about this book and what evidence supports it. Add more
symbols if necessary.’ Students open file PEA
• Students read Question One
• Students will skim read the Cover, contents page and index of ‘Comets’
• They will type in any predictions in the Prediction box and support those with
• Then they will need to skim through each chapter making predictions and
supporting the predictions with evidence, they can add more symbols if necessary
• Students will need to read the whole book in depth
• They can revisit this activity at the very end of the session and make any
adjustments to what they predicted in PEA
• Students then complete an evaluation of what they did by colouring in a text box on
a continuum in their Interactive Worksheet (click on the border of the text box twice
and then on the Fill Colour button , choose a colour and it will appear in the
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Look care fully at the cover, Sk im through each chapter Pr edicting, Evide nce , After reading the book m ak e any
conte nts page and index of this m aking predictions and Adjus tme nt (PEA) adjustme nts to your pre dictions.
book. What predictions can you supporting the predictions
make about this book and w hat with e vide nce . Add m or e
evidence supports it. symbols if ne ces sar y.
Pr edictions Evidence Adjus tme nt
ICT skills: using thinkers keys, saving a template under their own name, hyperlinking the
Thinker key to their work
Information Skills: thinking about text
Thinking about Text
To develop a better understanding of text students need to ‘Think about the text’.
Thinker’s keys developed by Tony Ryan gives students a variety of tools that they can use
to think about text
Students will open the PowerPoint file ‘Comets”. Each one of the Thinker’s Keys hyperlink
to another file and or application.
• Students read the question
• They click on the key which hyperlink to different activities and applications
• Each hyperlinked file is a template including the Comet’s PowerPoint so each child
or group of children will need to save their work under their own names
• Once all the activities are completed they can change the hyperlinks to their own
o Right click on a key in Normal view (not in SlideShow view)
o Select Edit hyperlink
o Click on Existing File or Webpage
o Navigate in your Hardrive to where your folder is and select the file you want
the key to link to
The Reverse The prediction
What subjects about space do you think would Predict what scientists will know about
not be written about in this book? comets in 100 years
PowerPoint: make a list by clicking in the Pr edict w hat
Scientists will know about
come ts in a 100 year s
boxes and pressing Enter for each new idea.
Which? Where ?
What w ill scientis ts k now
about com ets in a 100
The Alphabet The What if
Make a list of words from A – Z about comets What if we could put a spaceship with a team
of scientists on Halley’s Comet?
Inspiration: What if diagram. Use the rapid fire
button to add thoughts. Evaluate thoughts by
using a colour code.
The Picture The question
How does this diagram link to this book about The answer is ‘Halley’s comet will return again
comets in 2061. What are five questions that will give
How does this diagram link that answer.
to the Com et's book ?
Software: Inspiration, Word
ICT skills: inserting text into a symbol, moving ideas, transferring outline to Word, editing
text and adding graphics and diagrams
Information Skills: recording and organising information, writing in a formal style
Students have to create an ‘Informational Report.’ This will be created in both Inspiration
• Students open ‘Informational Report’ file
• Students read pages 30 – 32
• Students decide on what they know and what they want to research
• Teachers could have some websites bookmarked and books available in the
• Students will need to skim read and type in the information
• They will need to add suitable headings to the information
• Finally they will write an introduction
• Once they have finished with the diagram they will need to click on the Outline
• In the outline view they can move their main points around until they are in the
order they are going to use them
• They will then need to click on the Transfer button to transfer their report to
Microsoft Word ®. They will need to save the document first
• Once they delete the parts of the report they don’t need anymore they can finish
editing their document
• They will need to add graphics, diagrams, labels, charts and tables to enhance the
Type in s ome of the things you Inform ational Re port Type in s ome of the pos sible
have lear nt about come ts things you could res ear ch
What do I What could
know ? I r ese arch?
Where will you get the infor mation from?
Sk im read and type in s ome inform ation Make a he ading for e ach box
5 Write an introduction