4th grade visited the library last week with a mission. They were studying Texas Native American's in their classrooms for Social Studies. They had an essential question they had to answer. This helped them to know why they were looking up information. It gave them their mission!
What Texas Native American Indian Tribe would you join? Explain why you would join that group.
When we framed the lesson I did the "We will" and the teacher wrote and explained the "I will". It looked a little like this:
We will learn how to tell if a website is a good resource for information and learn where to find research links on the library webpage.
I will research and answer questions about Texas Native Americans using the library webpage.
- Where they lived and what they lived in
- How their lives have changed over the years
- How they were organized
- What did they do
Texas Native American Tribes:
Before they delved in we talked a little about finding a good source on the internet and making sure the website was a GOOD resource. We talked about how ANYONE can put information on the internet (even kids) But, that doesn't make it accurate information.
I had previously gathered links to several of the Online Resources that are free and available to all MISD students through our Library webpage. After showing them how to access them from home and at school we found a few together. Afterwards, they used our brand new Apple MacBook Air computers and set out to conquer their mission
Here's a peek at one of the classes hard at work in the collaboration lab: