The P.A. Shaw students are full of questions, and over the past few weeks we have been focusing on inquiry-based learning to find some actual answers. Students have been learning about choosing topics, creating keywords and search terms, and taking notes.
All classes began with a discussion about what research is, why we do it, and how we do it. We started by defining the task. We talked about what students would be looking for and how to get specific results. We learned about keywords and how search engines perform well only if keywords are used. Students then practiced coming up with their own keywords to get the results they needed. They learned about the importance of using appropriate tools. Students explored different databases and books to begin conducting their research and finding answers. They also practiced taking notes and compiling information.
Here is an update on the learning taking place in the library!
Kindergarten- Students have been getting more comfortable using the computers in the library. They practiced using a search engine to find appropriate websites. They have been getting much better at their typing skills and computer operations.
First Grade- Students investigated facts about their favorite animals. They practiced proper note-taking skills.
Second Grade- Students learned about biographies and researched a famous person of their choosing. Students picked soccer players, presidents, singers, astronauts, and authors.
Third Grade- Students researched wolves. They looked at how wolves are portrayed in fairytales compared to what wolves are really like in the wild.
Teaching them to do research has been a great way to help them become mature readers, writers, and thinkers.
Mrs. Keohane is the School Librarian at the P.A. Shaw. She loves hockey, going to the beach, and reading (obviously!)