This five-step model might be a useful starting point for your students to consider every time they embark on some research. It can be a worthwhile exercise to add this extra step in between giving a student a task (or choice of tasks) and sending them off to research.
You could have a class discussion or small group conferences on brainstorming keywords, considering synonyms or alternative phrases, generating questions etc. Time spent defining the task can lead to a more effective and streamlined research process.
Being literate in this way is an essential life skill.
This post offers tips and suggestions on how to approach this big topic.
Students could head straight to a site they’ve used before (or choose from a small number of teacher suggested sites).
There’s a lot to be learned just from finding, filtering, and using information found on various websites. Students first need to take a moment to consider what information they’re actually looking for in their searches.
Dan and his colleagues had their students spend a day rotating around different activities to learn more about research skills. If you teach young students you might be wondering what the best starting place is.
I’ve only ever used Google with students but I know many teachers like to start with search engines designed for children.
You want your students to go online and do some research for some sort of project, essay, story, presentation etc.
Time ticks away, students are busy searching and clicking, but are they finding the useful and accurate information they need for their project?