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Big 6 research method

passport93 New User
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Hi out there!  I am an elementary library media specialist looking for some good websites/ search engines that will help me teach the"Big 6" (research technique) to upper elementary students?   

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    mdhtoday New User
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    Greetings! Thanks for the post/question. This is the first I heard of the Big 6. Threw it in Google and found a regional workshop in Dallas during October. I will submit to attend and share my learning. Good luck on your quest.



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    ljudson54 New User
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    I am also a library media specialist looking for Thinkfinity resources - we use Core 4 as a research process - all based on Big 6. Are there any groups of librarians that you know of who share Thinkfinity resources?  I am specifically looking for anything that transfers well to Smartboard.

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      Kingston Apprentice
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      There are tons of Thinkfinity interactives that are a perfect fit for Smartboards. There is the ABC Match game for early elementary.   The ABC Match game for K - 2 challenges children to match letter cards and picture cards that begin with that letter, for example, d with a picture of a dog. Children learn to read by first learning how letters sound—this relationship between letters and sounds is called phonics. Once children learn how individual letters sound, they can then string them together to sound out simple words like cat or map. Take a look at it:  http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/abcmatch/


      Also another one for K - 2 called Construct a Word:  Learning to read is a big job, kind of like building a house. Children need certain skills to form the foundation. This activity is a fun way to practice several of them. Children select single letters and endings to form words (like b and -ed for bed). The online tool knows how many words can be formed with each ending, so children are challenged to keep going until they get them all. As they build words, children are exposed to rhyming sounds and can learn about the different sounds letters and blends make. These skills are essential, not only for reading but also for writing and spelling.  http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/construct/


      Check them out and let me know what you think!



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    ljudson54 New User
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    Try the link above. Looks like lots of resources, although I have not searched through everything.

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    snituama Novice
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    In an earlier life as a school librarian and department chair overseeing different division libraries on an independent school campus, I saw many applications for the Big 6 at the elementary level.


    Here's Big 6's own take on this question: Can Younger Students Use the Big6? http://www.big6.com/2009/03/25/can-younger-students-use-big6-enews-101-4/    I found the analogy likening Big 6 to cooking with a recipe worked well across the board even with my high school students ~ I would open a discussion of what steps they would take in what order in preparing to make a special meal.



    • EDSITEment has many lessons and vetted websites that teachers may tap into for devloping student information literacy skills.  Here are a few links from our Reference Shelf: Analyzing Primary Sources which may be adapted for this level.  I especially like the Document Analysis Worksheets which pose excellent questions as students critically decipher primary sources within their research projects.


    EDSITEment contains a variety of links to other websites and references to resources available through government, nonprofit, and commercial entities.


    American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
    "Using Primary Sources in the Classroom"

    Digital Classroom (National Archives)
    "History in the Raw"

    Document Analysis Worksheets


    Hope you will find this approach and these sites useful with your students.



    EDSITEment Program Specialist

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    cppotter New User
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    I really like the BIG6 resources for kids found on their web site: http://www.big6.com/kids/.


    Do you have the book TheBIG 6 in Elementary Schools by Eisenberg? I find their suggestions helpful when I'm framing new research units. They also have published The Super 3 for grades K-2.

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    heather_frye New User
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    We just had inservice training on this. Most of the materials they used came from 3 sources:


    A booklet called "The Big 6 Research Notebook" published by Linworth Books

    "Information Problem Solving: the Big Six Approach to Library and Information Skills Instruction" by Eisenberg and Berkowitz through Abiex Publishing Corp.

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    squiric New User
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    I am not sure how helpful this answer will be....I used this extensively about 5 years ago.  I had a book (which I now can't find). But the most helpful resource that I had was this very concise poster that explained The Big Six.....

    This is what I found



    I left the poster at a previous school......

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