TeachersFirst's Research Strategies

Today's students must learn the valuable skill of research and research strategies. Students will find research skills helpful for future studies and possibly their careers. Finding necessary information and resources necessitates planning, execution, and digging deep. Students must learn to raise the right questions about what they listen to, watch, or read. They should have opportunities to practice research strategies and decipher quality research from mediocre to find the best places for good resources. This collection of resources includes lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching research skills for all grade levels.

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Google News Archive Search - Google

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3 to 12
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This site is part of a thirteen-part series of lessons demonstrating how to use Google search to find historical digital publications and scanned newspapers. The short step-by-step...more
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This site is part of a thirteen-part series of lessons demonstrating how to use Google search to find historical digital publications and scanned newspapers. The short step-by-step instructions include pictures showing how to search the archives for news articles from 1995 and search terms for finding scanned newspaper articles before 1995. This lesson is available online or as a PDF document.

tag(s): journalism (72), primary sources (117), search engines (50), timelines (51)

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This site provides helpful information on effective browser searches for any social studies, history, or English class. Create a bookmark for news.google.com on classroom computers so that students can quickly access web news content from 2003. Include this site and other effective and safe web browsing tutorials by creating a Wakelet collection, reviewed here. Include items in your collection such as tutorials, shortcut tips, and how to use exact terms for searches.
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OK2Ask: Scaffolding Inquiry-Based Research - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Join this session to explore strategies for scaffolding student research projects. Help students generate questions, seek out answers, and explore complex problems, then teach them to locate and evaluate information about their intended topic. Use the tools and strategies provided in this session to guide a full project or to help students practice these essential skills. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Define inquiry-based research and how it benefits students; 2. Understand the process of scaffolding inquiry-based research; and 3. Learn strategies for effectively scaffolding inquiry-based research. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): inquiry (24), professional development (393), Research (83)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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A Giant Step for Small Feet - TeachersFirst

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K to 4
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A Giant Step for Small Feet is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and shares ideas and resources...more
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A Giant Step for Small Feet is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and shares ideas and resources for introducing research to primary students. This article begins with some background knowledge information and then shares many ideas for conducting an animal research project with students. In addition, several extension activities are included. Finally, alignment to ISTE and AASL standards is provided.

tag(s): animal homes (56), animals (284), Research (83)

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Bookmark and save this article as a reference for teaching research to young students or as a resource for activities to supplement your animal unit. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here, to create and share online information with students to use with their research. The introductory activity teaches students to go beyond "asking Google." Use technology to engage students during your in-house field trip with a digital field trip using Goosechase Edu, reviewed here. Use Goosechase to create a digital scavenger hunt for students to use when locating different areas of the school or classroom library to find research materials.

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How to Research: Ultimate Guide [+Online Tools] - IvyPanda

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5 to 12
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This handy guide provides step-by-step information on creating a research paper from start to finish. The manual begins with an overview of the three universal research purposes - exploratory,...more
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This handy guide provides step-by-step information on creating a research paper from start to finish. The manual begins with an overview of the three universal research purposes - exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory. Then, each step provides specific information on the nine essential items to complete the research. In addition, this article includes a handy image that provides a visual representation of the basic steps required for a research paper.

tag(s): presentations (17), process writing (38), Research (83), writing (317)

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This article is quite lengthy, but it provides students with a great deal of information on research and reporting researched information. At a minimum, share the provided link to the step-by-step image with students to use as a reference guide. For more in-depth lessons, break down the information into smaller pieces and include them in your current research project lessons. Consider using a curation tool such as Padlet, reviewed here, to share this resource and others with students to guide research projects. For example, include a column with tools for evaluating sources such as Checkology, reviewed here, and another column with online tools to create citations such as MyBib, reviewed here. Offer students an option of different tools to create and share their presentations, including Ourboox, reviewed here, to create a digital flipbook or Powtoon, reviewed here, as an option for video presentations.

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Twitter Chat: Research Skills Round Up - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Research Skills Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from February 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Research Skills Round-Up. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the purpose of research in the classroom, 2. Explore research strategies and resources for use in the classroom, and 3. Share ideas for integrating student research across the curriculum.

tag(s): Research (83), twitterchatarchive (175)

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Find resources and information about research skills. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on research skills.

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OK2Ask: Jumpstart Student Research Projects with the Edge Browser - TeachersFirst

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5 to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Understanding how to research topics online is a critical skill that all students need - so is choosing the right tools to assist in the process. Give your students the support they need as they learn to navigate the research process by teaching them to use Microsoft Edge. Join us to learn how the built-in functions of the Edge browser can support your students as they search, curate, make connections and build knowledge. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore the built-in functions of the Edge browser that support student research; 2. Understand the components of student research projects; and 3. Plan for the use of the Edge browser in student research projects. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Microsoft (83), professional development (393), Research (83)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Grades 6-8 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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6 to 8
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Student research projects are perfect for use in remote teaching lessons, and this collection of resources provides tips and instructional tools perfect for at-home learning. The sites...more
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Student research projects are perfect for use in remote teaching lessons, and this collection of resources provides tips and instructional tools perfect for at-home learning. The sites contained in this Wakelet collection include a safe search option and an organizational tool for student use. Learn how to use these tools and get ideas for use with the links shared to TeachersFirst blogs and Special Topics pages.

tag(s): professional development (393), Research (83), search engines (50)

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Share ideas found in the collection with students to use from start to finish with research projects. Encourage student collaboration using Fiskkit, reviewed here. Fiskkit is a tool for sharing and commenting on online articles. Share articles found during research and ask students to highlight important content and share their thoughts with peers.

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Grades 3-5 Research Resources for Teaching Remotely on Short Notice - TeachersFirst

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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started....more
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Take your remote teaching activities to the next level with these research resources for grades 3-5. Each suggestion includes information about the online resource and how to get started. Additional resources include links to TeachersFirst blogs and other primary source links with ideas for classroom use.

tag(s): professional development (393), Research (83)

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Incorporate videos, articles, and quizzes found in the National Geographic link as part of an overall learning experience using Curipod, reviewed here. As students complete their research projects provide a variety of options for sharing their learning. Ideas to include as options include Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, Clipchamp reviewed here, and Spotify for Podcasters, reviewed here.

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Eagle Eye Citizen - Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

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5 to 12
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Develop civic understanding and historical thinking skills through interactive challenges found on Eagle Eye Citizen. These activities, geared toward middle and high school students,...more
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Develop civic understanding and historical thinking skills through interactive challenges found on Eagle Eye Citizen. These activities, geared toward middle and high school students, teach about American History using primary sources from the Library of Congress. The Solve link provides challenge puzzles to learn about historical events, the big picture, and sorting information into categories. Use the Teach link to find ideas for lessons and units based on this site's components, assessment ideas, and quick activities for use at any time. This link also includes several rubrics for use with the Challenge activities.

tag(s): branches of government (62), civil rights (195), congress (39), elections (80), immigrants (33), inquiry (24), presidents (121), primary sources (117), Research (83), womens suffrage (44)

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Share activities from this site to introduce civics and government lessons; be sure to point out links with additional resources included after problem-solving activities. Share a link to this site on your class website for students to use at home. Replace written notes and help students organize information using a mind mapping tool like Coggle, reviewed here. Use Coggle to create and share colorful diagrams with included text and images. As students continue through the unit, have them enhance their learning by including their diagram on a website sharing their knowledge of civics concepts or discussing the historical event studied. Webnode, reviewed here, is a free website creator offering premade templates and easy to use tools. Transform student learning at the next level and ask them to create a book for younger students to teach them about the event studied using Book Creator, reviewed here. For example, when learning about the three branches of government ask students to create a digital book explaining the functions of the three branches. Book Creator allows you to include videos, images, audio recordings, and more.
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Fiskkit - John Pettus

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6 to 12
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Think of Fiskkit as a social media tool for sharing, discussing, and evaluating online articles similar to marking up a paper with a red pen. Copy and paste the URL ...more
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Think of Fiskkit as a social media tool for sharing, discussing, and evaluating online articles similar to marking up a paper with a red pen. Copy and paste the URL for a news story into Fiskkit to input into the site. Once available, click on any sentence to rate or tag information as true/false, descriptive, or complimentary. Share the article with others to evaluate then view the graph showing tag distribution. After sharing the article with your class use your account to see student names that read the article, organize comments, and open individual sentences for classroom discussion. At the time of this review, Fiskkit works best in Edge and FireFox browsers.

tag(s): critical thinking (110), journalism (72), media literacy (103), news (229), newspapers (91)

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Use Fiskkit in your classroom to teach students critical thinking and analysis skills. Share current news articles weekly with students to evaluate and discuss. After students provide their input, share the results on your interactive whiteboard, or with a projector, to review and discuss the reactions as a group. As students evaluate articles, replace paper note cards and suggest they use an online note-taking tool similar to Webnote, reviewed here, to justify their answers on Fiskkit. Webnote allows you to add sticky notes on the computer workspace and share with others using the URL created. Challenge students to find articles they would like to discuss, save, and collaborate on using Raindrop,io, reviewed here. Raindrop.io offers you tools to bookmark and save websites, with the additional feature of allowing participants to add comments to saved information. Raindrop.io can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement. Instead of a written report, as students become more comfortable with evaluating online tools, ask them to use a multimedia presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to modify technology use and to discuss media bias and offer tips for evaluating online information.

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Case Maker - Bean Creative

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6 to 8
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Case Maker is a collection of 20 civics challenges for middle school students. Share individual challenges with students using the provided Challenge Code. Once students access the...more
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Case Maker is a collection of 20 civics challenges for middle school students. Share individual challenges with students using the provided Challenge Code. Once students access the challenge, the site offers tools for adding annotations and creating case folders. Once complete, students use information as a reference for other assignments or share their work using the site's presentation mode feature. Use your free Case Maker account to modify text and associated primary sources within challenges and follow student progress. Be sure to watch the introductory videos for teachers and students.

tag(s): black history (125), civil rights (195), constitution (88), democracy (19), elections (80), freedom of speech (13), immigrants (33), immigration (63), inquiry (24), media literacy (103), politics (113), racism (76), Research (83), world war 2 (150)

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Take advantage of the free materials on this site to encourage debate and discussion within your current civics lessons and lessons on civil rights and racism. Introduce Case Maker by showing the class the student introductory video. Each lesson includes primary sources to use when responding to prompts; ask students to find and share additional primary sources to include in their response to each question. Instead of just creating a list of additional resources, engage students and augment classroom technology use by sharing additional resources using Padlet, reviewed here. Padlet offers features for adding comments; ask students to use this feature to indicate important information found on the document. Enhance learning by finding and sharing videos that support the topic being discussed. Use Edpuzzle, reviewed here, to add comments and question prompts for students. Upon completing student projects, extend learning by having stidents share their thoughts through a podcast featuring students' challenge solutions. Be sure to include a group of students in each podcast featuring various points of view and their backup documentation. Try using Acast, reviewed here, to create student podcasts.

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EduBirdie - KingCitation

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Let's face it, creating proper citations is difficult due to the many different formats and the variety of sources cited. EduBirdie helps with this problem with its Auto Citer. Click...more
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Let's face it, creating proper citations is difficult due to the many different formats and the variety of sources cited. EduBirdie helps with this problem with its Auto Citer. Click Citation Generators from the top menu and then choose the type of format you need. The three step procedure begins at the top menu with choosing the type of work that is cited then moves on to adding requested information to the form generator. Click "Generate Citation" to complete your citation ready to copy and paste into any document.

tag(s): citations (34), plagiarism (34), Research (83)

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Use your interactive whiteboard and projector to show students how to use this tool for citing their sources. Share this website for all of your projects using research so students know the correct procedure for citations. Be sure to add it on your class web site as a useful reference.
 

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Google Scholar - Google

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8 to 12
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Google Scholar is a web search tool for scholarly literature and academic resources such as books, articles, and documents. Enter your search term, then choose to search by articles...more
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Google Scholar is a web search tool for scholarly literature and academic resources such as books, articles, and documents. Enter your search term, then choose to search by articles (with or without patents and case-law). Use additional tools within search results to narrow down by date. Enable the My Library function to save selected results for later use. The Cite link beneath the entry description includes formatted citations in many different options.

tag(s): citations (34), search engines (50)

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Use this great resource to organize and compare research found on the Internet. Consider creating a class Google account to collect materials found throughout the school year. Be sure to talk to students about how to organize and share information and sources. Students can maintain their own archive and show their collection at the end of the year. This tool will also be very handy for graduate projects teachers may be doing.
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Primary vs Secondary Sources - The Minnesota Historical Society

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6 to 12
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Primary vs. Secondary Sources is an excellent YouTube video explaining the difference between these two types of sources. The video provides several examples of each type of source...more
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Primary vs. Secondary Sources is an excellent YouTube video explaining the difference between these two types of sources. The video provides several examples of each type of source and tells why it fits into that category. If your district blocks YouTube, then this video may not be viewable.

tag(s): evaluating sources (28), primary sources (117), Research (83), video (261)

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Share this video with students as they begin any research project. Be sure to add a link to this site on your class website for reference at home. Have students create a simple infographic with examples of both types of resources using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Have students upload a photo they have taken of a source and add an explanation about why it fits into a particular category using a tool such as Add Text, reviewed here.

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Resource Guides - Learning Commons - The University of British Columbia - Vancouver Campus

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5 to 12
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UBC (University of British Columbia) Commons offers several guides for learning and sharing with digital tools. From the top menu click Academic Support, then choose Academic Integrity...more
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UBC (University of British Columbia) Commons offers several guides for learning and sharing with digital tools. From the top menu click Academic Support, then choose Academic Integrity and Citations. Begin by choosing any guide of interest with topics including how to avoid plagiarism and a guide to properly citating online resources. Each guide provides an excellent description of the topic along with related resources and links. Some include videos and a FAQ section. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): citations (34), copyright (44), creative commons (27), digital citizenship (90), plagiarism (34), Research (83)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard as you share individual topics with students, then create a link on your class website for students to access information at any time. Divide topics among groups of students and enhance or transform classroom technology use and student learning by having each group create a simple or multimedia infographic (depending on teacher requirements or student ability) and share their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Create a class wiki with resources for using and crediting online tools. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.
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Classroom Materials - Primary Source Sets - Library of Congress

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4 to 12
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This collection of primary sources from the Library of Congress is organized around key topics and themes in American History. View Primary Source Set titles in alphabetical order from...more
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This collection of primary sources from the Library of Congress is organized around key topics and themes in American History. View Primary Source Set titles in alphabetical order from Abraham Lincoln through Women's Suffrage. Choose any topic to view Teacher's Guides and analysis tools including graphic organizers for students. Sort information to find materials meeting Common Core Standards, State Standards, or national organization standards.

tag(s): 20th century (59), authors (104), black history (125), civil war (134), constitution (88), evaluating sources (28), hispanic (28), history day (40), immigration (63), jefferson (18), lincoln (60), new deal (5), primary sources (117), Research (83), segregation (18), thanksgiving (24), veterans (20), washington (25), westward expansion (38), womens suffrage (44), wright brothers (15)

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When introducing a new unit, show students photos from the era (on the left menu) and have them describe what they see and what period they think it is. Find plenty of questions and activities (including a blank analysis organizer for students) in the Teacher's Guides. Also look at Library of Congress: for Teachers, reviewed here. Encourage your students to use this tool for projects. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted for reproduction), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Google Slides, reviewed here. Google Slides allows you to narrate a picture (choose Insert from the top menu, then audio) modifying student learning. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference.
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Mission Possible: Successful Online Research - Answers.com

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5 to 12
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Begin a research unit with Mission Possible, a downloadable online movie promoting research skills, effective searches, writing skills, citations, and Internet safety. Along with the...more
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Begin a research unit with Mission Possible, a downloadable online movie promoting research skills, effective searches, writing skills, citations, and Internet safety. Along with the video, find an accompanying teacher lesson plan for providing a great start for the introduction of a research project. A student worksheet goes along with the lesson.

tag(s): citations (34), internet safety (113), Research (83), search strategies (23), writing (317)

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Before beginning a research project, either introduce or review the process of researching a topic. Put a link on your class website so students can refer to this video for additional review.
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P.org - iParadigms, LLC & TurnItIn LLC

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6 to 12
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Here you will find everything you will ever need to know about plagiarism and citing sources. Start with the article on the right "What is Plagiarism." Be sure to check ...more
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Here you will find everything you will ever need to know about plagiarism and citing sources. Start with the article on the right "What is Plagiarism." Be sure to check out all the categories from the left menu. There you will find lots of videos and articles regarding citing sources (explains what a citation is), why one should cite sources, how to paraphrase, how to quote material, what a footnote is, and when one should cite the source. There are several interesting videos with titles like "Everything is a Remix." This is a hot topic and definitely a site to save and share with students! Some of the videos reside on YouTube, if your school blocks YouTube they may not be viewable on classroom computers. You could flip your classroom and have the students watch those videos at home.

tag(s): citations (34), plagiarism (34), Research (83), summarizing (22)

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Meet your Common Core standards for nonfiction reading using the pages at this informative site! In addition, every student who creates a report, presentation, speech, or project, in any subject, needs to know this information. Consider dividing and presenting this site with a teacher in another curriculum, so students get the idea that this is information for EVERY class. Modify learning and consider presenting the information, questions, and quizzes using a tool such as Vevox, reviewed here. Vevox will integrate with Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint, and you can have instantaeous question and answer sessions. Then you can quiz students on the information. Moreover, this program will make this text heavy, but necessary material, much more tolerable for your students. You may want to challenge your gifted and musically inclined students to create a rap highlighting the important information they learned about plagiarism and citing sources. Have them teach the rap to the rest of the class. Or enhance learning and have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. If you are flipping your classroom and having students to watch the videos residing on YouTube at home, you may want to use Edpuzzle, reviewed here, to add your own voice or add questions within the video and hold students accountable.

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Formatically - Tyler Bell and Duncan Harma

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6 to 12
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Formatically automatically puts an assignment into the MLA format. The simple, straightforward looks are deceiving. This tool is a dream-come-true for any middle, high school, or college...more
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Formatically automatically puts an assignment into the MLA format. The simple, straightforward looks are deceiving. This tool is a dream-come-true for any middle, high school, or college student who has ever had to format a paper. Input information for the cover sheet, essay, and Works Cited. Formatically will take care of the rest. This tool works in conjunction with EasyBib, reviewed here, for the Works Cited. In addition, under the How To tab are an essay writing guide, MLA formatting guide, and Word tutorials with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. At the time of this review the creators say formatting for APA and Chicago Style will be available soon.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): citations (34), essays (21), plagiarism (34), quotations (20), Research (83), writing (317)

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Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and this tool to walk your students through each step of the MLA formatting process. Point out all the particulars that this tool is doing so students get a better understanding of MLA formatting. Send the students home to use the tool on their most recent essay as practice. Ask them to keep track of any questions or problems they have while using this tool. The next day, go over the questions.

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Ask for Evidence - askforevidence.org

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8 to 12
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Ask for Evidence steps in to find the facts behind product claims. Browse through stories for information on questions such as "Should we be Worried about 'Dirty' Stethoscopes?" or...more
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Ask for Evidence steps in to find the facts behind product claims. Browse through stories for information on questions such as "Should we be Worried about 'Dirty' Stethoscopes?" or "Claims about Cancer Fighting Foods." Click Guides from the top menu to find topics. Create an account to ask your own questions. Be sure to view the "Understand Evidence" part of the site to find invaluable resources about how to find and understand reliable evidence. Find "Activity Packs," "Lesson Plans," and more under Resources on the top menu. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from American English. Note: topics included may not all be classroom appropriate. Select and share specific articles if you are sharing this site with young people.

tag(s): advertising (24), critical thinking (110), evaluating sources (28), media literacy (103), politics (113), propaganda (9), questioning (32)

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Use this site when discussing political or advertising claims with your students. Build critical thinking and questioning skills. Share specific articles with students as young as upper elementary. Share the "Understand Evidence" portion of the site with students before they begin any investigational reports or persuasive writing pieces. Use specific articles rather than the full site with less mature students. This site will give them experience reading informational text on claims they wonder about. Partner weaker readers with others who may be able to help them read the text-heavy articles. Enhance student learning by having students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Perhaps show your students a sample infographic from the Resources menu at the top.

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