During the finding stage students are looking for the answers to their questions from a variety of sources. They begin by identifying the sources of information that are most applicable to their topic, locate them and then find the relevant information within the sources.

Answer inquiry or research questions using a variety of information sources such as classroom resources, school resource centre, videos, community resources...electronic resources.

Computer Catalog and the Dewey Decimal System

Article Search Engine (ASE)

The World Wide Web
Web Searching for Elementary School Students - an excellent overview of the skills students need and a wonderful list of resources that teachers can use.

A great way to explain search engines:
"Search engine is like a giant INDEX, just like the ones in nonfiction books. Search engines have programs called SPIDERS that gather information from millions of websites. This information is stored in a database. When you use a search engine, you are not searching the entire Web. You are searching the search engine’s database, the index of webpages collected by its spider. Keywords are words that you use with search engines to find the information that you are looking for." From LibraryZone Wiki

  • Ask an Expert
  • Ask an expert list of sites
  • interview parents, friends, others with an opinion
  • conduct a survey
  • gather info/opinion/ideas from a collection box: "Question of the Day"

Mantle of the Expert & Role Play
"If you will practice being fictional for awhile, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats." - Richard Bach, Illusions
  • students can be in role as the expert, take on characters and speak from experience

Preparing | Finding | Using | Sharing | Evaluating |