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

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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 (8), process writing (40), Research (65), writing (294)

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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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OK2Ask: Fostering Accountability: Media Literacy in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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As digital media increasingly replaces traditional media, students must have the skills to think critically about these new types of texts. Media literacy - the ability to skillfully read and write in a wide range of message forms - allows students to identify themes and issues emerging from popular culture and has related standards that have been incorporated across content areas and grade levels nationwide. Join us to learn more about this information age survival skill. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the importance of teaching media literacy in the classroom; 2. Explore media literacy resources; and 3. Learn to use the five key questions of media literacy when planning lessons. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): media literacy (89), professional development (305)

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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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Resources related to Source Reliability/Checking Sources - TeachersFirst

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As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and...more
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As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and determining if a source is reliable and credible.

tag(s): media literacy (89), Research (65)

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We have included resources for all grades. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions with each reviewed resource, give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.

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Curation Resources - TeachersFirst

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Discover resources in this collection for your students to use to curate resources. Curation means selecting, collecting, organizing, and presenting content. Curating is especially...more
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Discover resources in this collection for your students to use to curate resources. Curation means selecting, collecting, organizing, and presenting content. Curating is especially helpful when researching a topic but always useful to help students to keep information systematically arranged. We have included resources for all grades.

tag(s): curation (27), organizational skills (92), Research (65)

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Share these resources with your students to use when curating materials for projects and lessons. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find resources to incorporate into your lessons.

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Tales from the Griots - The Mali Empire - TeachersFirst

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Tales from the Griots - Mali Empire is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here...more
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Tales from the Griots - Mali Empire is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here that features topics and resources that focus on integrating research with technology. This resource begins with introducing the Mali Empire that existed in Africa for over 400 years and continues with additional background information. Following the background information is a list of book suggestions and videos that include suggested classroom teaching ideas. The included extension activity suggests comparing and contrasting the Mali Empire with other civilizations.

tag(s): africa (142)

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Use the ideas and resources found in this article to enhance your lessons on ancient civilizations or provide information for a new teaching unit. In addition to the suggestions already seen on the article, consider using technology tools to help students curate resources, organize information, and share their learning. Wakelet, reviewed here, is an excellent tool for curating resources into shareable collections. Use Wakelet individually or collaboratively when working on research projects. Use CirclyApp, reviewed here, as a graphic organizer to help students understand and compare the Mali Empire with other civilizations. CirclyApp is an excellent visual tool that includes several useful templates to compare and contrast information easily. As students prepare to share their learning, consider the options found at Genially, reviewed here, for students to create interactive presentations, infographics, charts, and more. Resources correlate to ISTE and AASL National School Library Standards.
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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment - TeachersFirst

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Votes for Women - The 19th Amendment is part of the TeachersFirst Help! I lost my media/library specialist collection found here that features topics and resources that focus on integrating research with technology. Information begins with a short introductory paragraph about the 19th Amendment and extensive background information. The Activities section shares suggested book lists, primary sources, and a WebQuest research project. Continue down the site to find Extension activities that incorporate research skills into additional classroom opportunities such as debates and documentary creation. Ideas found on this resource include correlation to ISTE and AASL National School Library Standards.

tag(s): 1900s (56), constitution (85), women (107), womens suffrage (35)

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Begin by browsing through the many suggested classroom activities found in this resource. Organize a suggested book list or research resources for students using a curation tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, as means for organizing information into one place. Sort items in your Symbaloo by using the color-coding option for the icons. For example, make book suggestions blue, primary source links yellow, etc. As students prepare to share their research and final projects, provide options for sharing information. Suggest students make a presentation with Google Slides, reviewed here, a video using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, or a multimedia presentation created with Sway, reviewed here.
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Twitter Chat: Research Skills Round Up - TeachersFirst

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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 (65), twitterchatarchive (139)

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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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Deceptive Detective - Common Sense

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Deceptive Detective is a colorful poster available to download as a PDF that provides questions to ask when looking at news sources. Prompts encourage students to consider the source...more
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Deceptive Detective is a colorful poster available to download as a PDF that provides questions to ask when looking at news sources. Prompts encourage students to consider the source of information, its presentation, date of publication, and more. Select the link above the poster to view the file in its entirety. This poster is part of Common Sense's News & Literacy Toolkit, reviewed here.

tag(s): bias (17), computers (100), internet safety (112), journalism (68), media literacy (89), news (230), social media (47), STEM (225)

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Print this poster to display in your classroom or computer lab after discussing the information with your students. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to break down the questions found on the poster and share student findings. For example, begin by evaluating a website together as a class. Create a column on your Padlet for each question, then add students' responses in the appropriate column. As students become proficient at evaluating online resources, ask them to use Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to create infographics sharing the validity of websites and online news resources based upon the questions found on the Deceptive Detective poster. Extend learning by asking students to become the instructor through the use of podcasts. Use Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to create bi-weekly or monthly student-created podcasts sharing tips for evaluating websites, how to recognize fake news sources or suggestions for useful resources for student use.
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Resources to Nurture Critical Thinking - TeachersFirst

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Nurture critical thinking skills in your classroom using the resources shared in this collection. Critical thinking is a process that includes the ability to interpret, analyze, and...more
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Nurture critical thinking skills in your classroom using the resources shared in this collection. Critical thinking is a process that includes the ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate information. Thinking critically requires students to infer and solve problems with an open mind. Students use critical thinking skills to observe, experience, communicate and reflect while reading and learning content. As contentious public events spill over into the classroom, teachers need to help students learn how to process perspectives that differ from their own. Use this collection as you are planning your lessons and activities.

tag(s): critical thinking (103), media literacy (89), problem solving (217)

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Help your students to practice critical thinking skills using these engaging resources. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Global Citizenship Resources - TeachersFirst

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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the...more
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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the international community. When students begin to become global citizens, they learn to respect universal values such as peace and the human rights of all people. Use this curated list to start your class discussion of global citizenship.

tag(s): collaboration (81), cross cultural understanding (151)

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Help your students to become global citizens using these engaging resources. Find ways to connect with other schools around the country or even around the world. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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OK2Ask: Facts Are Facts...Aren't They? - TeachersFirst

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Can your students tell facts from fiction? Do your digital natives suffer from "digital naivety"? They may be fluent enough with technology to create and post their own work but may not be aware that not everyone who posts online is credible. Teaching students to sift through multiple sets of information allows them to learn the difference between propaganda, advertising, and factual reporting. This is a skill that students need in order to be truly digitally literate. Join us to learn strategies to help your students determine if information is reliable. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Explore tools and strategies for teaching media literacy; 2. Learn strategies that promote critical examination of online resources; and 3. Plan a learning activity that fosters digital literacy. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): media literacy (89), professional development (305)

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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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Social Media Resources - TeachersFirst

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Social media in education offers students the ability to connect with learning groups and easily find useful information. As educators, it is pivotal to teach students the benefits...more
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Social media in education offers students the ability to connect with learning groups and easily find useful information. As educators, it is pivotal to teach students the benefits of using social media, as well as the proper (and safe) way to use these types of tools. This collection provides professional learning for educators using social media in the classroom, tools to organize and share social media, plus some social media favorites (such as Twitter and Pinterest).

tag(s): social media (47)

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Wikipedia Timeline Generator - Class Tools

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Create an instant, editable timeline from Wikipedia pages with this handy resource from Class Tools. Input a name or event into the search bar and watch your timeline come to ...more
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Create an instant, editable timeline from Wikipedia pages with this handy resource from Class Tools. Input a name or event into the search bar and watch your timeline come to life as you scroll through events in chronological order. Customize your timeline using the edit feature to add additional information or delete unwanted occurrences or information. Share your timeline using the included links to social media sites, send by email, or use the print icon to print your timeline.
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tag(s): timelines (45)

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Bookmark and save this handy tool for many classroom uses. Displayed through a visual timeline, this is an excellent way for students to look at information and provide context through the order of events. Create a timeline to share on your interactive whiteboard when studying historical characters and events. Use the editing tool to narrow down information by specific dates or delete items irrelevant to your lesson. Ask students to compare and contrast people or events to help them get perspective on events leading up to important moments in history. For example, create a timeline for Thomas Jefferson and another for Alexander Hamilton and ask students to compare and contrast important events in their lives and consider how these impacted their view on America's founding principles. Have students share their reflections and information on a simple webpage created using Carrd, reviewed here. Expand learning further by asking students to use a presentation tool such as Sway, reviewed here, to demonstrate understanding. Ask students to include a link to their Wikipedia timeline along with images, Venn diagram comparisons, and other information found during their research. You can even use this tool for classic novels! Try searching Gone With the Wind..

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How To Evaluate Websites: A Guide For Teachers And Students (Free Poster) - Kathleen Morris

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This blog post from an Australian educator provides a useful flow chart for quickly evaluating websites using a step by step process. In addition to the printable chart, the author...more
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This blog post from an Australian educator provides a useful flow chart for quickly evaluating websites using a step by step process. In addition to the printable chart, the author includes an expanded discussion on each part of the flow chart that explains the importance of each step.

tag(s): charts and graphs (165), Research (65)

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As mentioned in the blog, it is natural to move around through several sites when conducting research. Having a specific process to use when deciding to spend more time helps students (and adults) become more effective with their time and resources. Share this site and the poster with your students as you discuss Internet search and research methods. Print the poster and have students include it with their research journals to use as a guide. Use this flow chart as a model for students to create their own guides for research using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here. Create guides for following the process from start to finish of creating a research report, finding and choosing research items, or evaluating educational games.

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Fake News - Real News vs. Fake News - Pace University

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This helpful page provides information to help you understand how to verify news resources for research purposes. This resource guides the readers through suggested tips on how to stay...more
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This helpful page provides information to help you understand how to verify news resources for research purposes. This resource guides the readers through suggested tips on how to stay alert and recognize fake news. It also shares suggestions on how to avoid disinformation by identifying the use of techniques such as sensational headlines. Be sure to check out the Breaking News Consumer's Handbook located at the bottom of the website that includes eleven ways to identify and recognized fake news stories and resources.

tag(s): digital citizenship (81), internet safety (112), journalism (68), media literacy (89), news (230), Research (65)

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Include this article with your other resources for teaching how to navigate online information. Include this website within a learning management system such as ActivelyLearn, reviewed here, to build a complete learning unit that includes articles, videos, and assessments that fully immerse and engage students in the learning activities. Enhance learning throughout the school year using Padlet, reviewed here, to curate and organize online information. For example, create a Padlet that includes a column for each of the four categories of fake news mentioned on this website, then ask students to share examples found during online use. Extend learning by asking students to become the teacher through presentations on how to recognize and avoid fake news. Provide a variety of options for student presentations including a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, Binumi, reviewed here, to create simple video explainers, or use Minecraft Education Edition, reviewed here, and have students create a game to teach the hazards of disinformation.

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Reading - TeachersFirst

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Digital or online reading is different from reading print. Digital reading often includes a research component that is not linear, so when reading online, students need to clarify their purpose and then evaluate and synthesize information. Come learn about the processes involved in digital reading and explore three tools that will help you teach critical strategies to your students. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand skills and processes involved in digital reading; 2. Explore tools that help students find, evaluate, and synthesize what they read; and 3. Plan for digital reading instruction in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital reading (5), professional development (305)

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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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The Great Dewey Hunt - Toni Buzzeo

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This PDF shares lesson activities to accompany the book of the same name. Activities provide options for use as a multi-session activity for a single grade or as an activity ...more
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This PDF shares lesson activities to accompany the book of the same name. Activities provide options for use as a multi-session activity for a single grade or as an activity across multiple grade levels. Following the guidelines, Dewey Hunters visit the non-fiction shelves in the library to find objects and earn flags. This printable activity includes all directions, student worksheets, and assessment information.

tag(s): classification (21), media literacy (89), Research (65)

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Find the book, The Great Dewey Hunt, in your school or local library and read it to students before starting this activity. Create a digital scavenger hunt using GooseChase, reviewed here. GooseChase includes tools for adding text and images to document scavenger hunt findings. Share digital worksheets with students using Duck Soup, reviewed here, a resource for scanning worksheets for digital use.
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Why Do We Need the Dewey Decimal System? - Emily Foster and the Oakland Public Library

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This blog post explains the different categories of the Dewey Decimal System, including descriptions of subcategories found within each of the ten main categories. Also, the author...more
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This blog post explains the different categories of the Dewey Decimal System, including descriptions of subcategories found within each of the ten main categories. Also, the author shares why it is necessary to include subcategories as a means for locating specific information within broad category topics. Another point stated in the blog discusses the need to make numbers longer because much of the information found in today's libraries hadn't happened at the time of the system's creation.

tag(s): classification (21), media literacy (89), Research (65)

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Use this blog post as a starting point for student research into a variety of topics. For example, ask students to find and share examples of books that include items or events not thought possible when the Dewey Decimal system was created. Ask students to visualize future events and how they would be classified. Use an online organization tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to create columns for each category and ask students to create a post sharing a possible item that might fit in that category in the future.

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Making Dewey Fun! A Roundup of Ideas, Games, and Activities - Kathy Cool

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This blog post shares several free ideas for spicing up lessons on the Dewey Decimal System. Ideas include creating word clouds, Pictionary games, sorting activities, and more. Use...more
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This blog post shares several free ideas for spicing up lessons on the Dewey Decimal System. Ideas include creating word clouds, Pictionary games, sorting activities, and more. Use these ideas to fuel your imagination on how to make your Dewey Decimal System activities into interactive and meaningful lessons.
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tag(s): classification (21), media literacy (89), Research (65)

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Create word clouds for each Dewey Decimal category using any number of free online word cloud creators. WordArt, reviewed here, includes tools for customizing colors, fonts, and shapes. Ask students to create a WordArt creation for each classification, then print and display as a reminder for students to use when browsing for library materials. Challenge students to "show what they know" by playing online quizzes. Baamboozle, reviewed here, is an easy to use quiz tool for team play. Search Baamboozle for games that already provide practice on the Dewey Decimal system or create your own.

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Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System - Capstone Publishers

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Follow along with Bob, the alien, in this video journey documenting how he learns about the Dewey Decimal System to use in his research about spiders. The wordless video uses ...more
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Follow along with Bob, the alien, in this video journey documenting how he learns about the Dewey Decimal System to use in his research about spiders. The wordless video uses animation and text to teach viewers how non-fiction materials are categorized in the library.

tag(s): classification (21), media literacy (89), Research (65)

In the Classroom

Share a link to this video on classroom computers for students to view as part of a library learning center. Send students on a scavenger hunt using GooseChase, reviewed here, to find books within each of the Dewey Decimal categories. GooseChase is a digital scavenger hunt that offers tools for adding images and recording the findings of groups during a scavenger hunt. Divide students into collaborative groups to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share information about the individual Dewey Decimal categories. Share each of the infographics on your class website or include them in a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. With Book Creator, you can include student-created infographics, videos, audio recordings, and more to provide students with a complete overview of how to use the Dewey Decimal System to find library materials.

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