It seems that getting information online has become a conundrum. Yes, there is an incredible amount of information available and that is both the wonder and the problem. We have become “googlers” and often at best we look at only the first page of search results. In our Library, we are encouraging students to look beyond google, and this week sixth graders worked on an online “scavenger hunt” using World Book Online which is available to us through our County Schools Portal. This wonderful resource has some great qualities: it is age appropriate information, it has already been vetted for accuracy, currency, lack of bias, and authority–the hallmarks of website evaluation, and it even gives citations for use if needed. While it often seems quicker to use google, we discovered that for serious research time can be saved by using a source that has done all the hard work for you.
Also in the Library this week…
Kindergarten–It’s always fun to see the fox “outfoxed” and this week’s book is one of the funniest versions of that tale. My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza tells the story of a clever pig who seemingly stumbles into a fox’s house. But instead of being dinner he cons the fox into giving him a bath, a dinner and a massage! Kindergarteners used their prediction skills to guess who the pig might trick next.
First, Second, & Third Grades–We continued reading our California Young Reader Medal nominees this week. Next week is voting!!
Fourth Grade–How great is our state? Fourth graders used atlases this week to make a comparison chart of our state and two others. They compared size, population, date of statehood, and rankings in these areas. When we finished it was fun to figure out why certain states might have high rankings in land area and lower rankings in population. Weather was the first thing that came to their minds.
Fifth Grade–We played a rousing game of Library Jeopardy this week and made an interesting discovery. In our category of “Internet & Computers” we had to remove several answers and questions that are no longer relevant! Times and technology change so quickly!!
Sixth Grade–See opening post