The sun rose an hour later here in Wisconsin....Daylight Savings Time. That means an hour of lost sleep -- but also an extra hour of sunlight tonight. Ahhh....I think spring is on its way!
I hope you have a great week planned for yourself. I know many of you have spring break this week. I'm so jealous. We don't have break until March 31st. Oh well...Here's what I've got going on this week:
As a lifelong learner myself, research is something that comes naturally to me. Anyone who knows me, knows how addicted I am to reading professional books that will help me learn new things. I am always on the prowl for ideas and best practices that can help improve my students' achievement. While this is good for me, it is something that I assume is everyone knows how to do. Even my students....But they don't.
When I've taught this research unit in the past, I have always assumed that my students knew HOW to research. But as I reflect back on this, I realize that their idea of research was copying information off of the internet and recycling it (sometimes word-for-word) in their own research project. Ughhh...
So this year we will begin our research project by learning HOW to research.
I am excited to share my newest product in my TPT Store -- Getting Ready to Research!
In this unit, students will learn
* The difference between informational and research writing
* The pros and cons of using books, encyclopedias & the internet to research
* Evaluating website reliability
* How to avoid plagiarism
* How to take notes & paraphrase
* Citing sources
* Creating a bibliography
I just know this unit will help set my students up for success in researching! I'll let you know how it goes.