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Destiny Quest

By: Erin O’Connor


Big 6

Developed by educators Mike

Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz

• Most widely-known and widely-used research process in the world

• Implemented in thousands of schools from Kindergarten to University level


Six Stages of Big 6

1. Information Seeking StrategiesStudents identify all possible information sources and select the best sources

2. Location and Access-

Students locate different sources and find information from those sources

3. Use of Information-

Students engage in the information by reading, hearing, seeing, and touching.

Then they extract the relevant information

4. Synthesis

- Students organize the information and present it

5. Evaluation

-Students evaluate the product they created and their research process

6. Task Definition-

Students define the problem and identify the information needed

Super 3

• Created by Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz

• Designed for primary students from the Big 6 Research Model

• Lesson Plans and ideas for Super

3 can also be found at the Big 6 website


Research Process in Three

Simple Steps – Big 3




- Students plan their research project and then ask themselves:

What information do they want to find?

Where should they look for the information?

What would a good project look like?


- Students read, listen, look, touch, taste, and smell in order to gain information and then ask themselves:

Are their notes accurate?

Are they writing good sentences and paragraphs?

Does their project have all the information it needs?


- Students review the work they created and then ask themselves:

What new skills did they learn?

What did they like and dislike about the project?

What grade would they give themselves?

Landmark’s Citation Machine

The citation machine will create citations for any source your students might use (books, articles, websites, etc.) in both MLA and APA styles


• Engaging Interactive Media Resources

– Maryland and the Underground Railroad

– Welcome to Bayville

– Exploring Maryland Roots

– Sense & Dollars

• Standard-Based Lessons

• High Quality Professional Development

• Useful Technology Tools

Teaching Books

• Provides access to lesson plans, book guides, author interviews, and wealth of other information on different books

• To access Teaching Books you must sign in using PGCPS email address

• An email will be sent explaining the county login and password

Library of Congress

• Provides resources and information on:

– Constitution

– Primary resources

– Elections

– And much, much more

EBSCOhost: Student

Research Center

• Student Research Center is an easy way for students to search for information on any topic

• Powered by EBSCOhost which is the most used research search engine

• Provides the greatest number of full text articles

How to Search for


• Students can search by topic

• Information is provided from:

– Newspapers

– Books and Encyclopedia

– Biographies

– Primary Sources

– Photos, Maps, and Flags

• Students can limit their search to their Lexile level f5-5057-4021-ad96-



• Provides information on different world cultures

• Students can search first by continent

• Second students can search by country

• Topics covered include:

– People and Places

– History

– Lifestyle

– Society

– Culture Facts and Contacts a_password=20772


• Provides access to multiple online databases

– CultureGrams

– eLibrary

• An online database designed just for elementary school students

– SIRS Knowledge Base

• Provides access to articles in SIRS databases

– SIRS Decades

• Provides information and primary documents on 21 st


– SIRS Discover



SIRS Discoverer

• Database designed for students in elementary and middle school

• Students can search by keywords or choose from a list of subjects

• Students can limit their search to articles in their reading level

Worldbook Kids

• Designed for K-2 students

• Provides younger students with age appropriate articles, pictures, videos, and games

• Bright, easy to use, and requires very little typing

• Students search by using the very colorful subject buttons

Worldbook Student

• Designed for students in 3 rd

- 6 th grade

• Provides students with age appropriate articles, pictures, videos, citation help, and games

• Students can search by key words or Worldbook popular topics listed below;

– Research Topics

– Biography Center

– Quizzes and Activities

- Behind the Headlines

- Explore

- Most Popular Articles