Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects that Meet the Common Core Standards, K-5
Cherry Lake Publishing has a new and exciting book coming out called, Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects that Meet the Common Core Standards, K-5. This text offers 18 projects, three from each grade level K-5, that go well-beyond fact recall. These lessons are all grounded in the new Common Core Standards and focus on quality student research from our earliest learners to our older elementary students. Each lesson is written by an educator who is an expert on the many literacies involved in research projects, the school teacher-librarian. While the lessons are written for classroom teachers, they all incorporate collaboration with the school librarian at some point during the project. Also within the pages of the book, there are many graphic organizers and tips on topics such as citing sources in a multimedia world, creative commons images, what to do when Youtube is blocked, and more. I encourage every elementary library in Georgia to own at least one copy of this book. There are even featured lessons from Georgia librarians, Andy Plemmons & Linda Martin. Check out the attached flyer and order your copy today!
David C. Barrow Elementary
Mrs. Powell, I thought a cougar was an animal!
When the information hit the GLMA blog that Supt. Barge suggested that Galileo was ‘nice but not necessary’, and did not include funding for Galileo in his budget presentation, my first thought was about what most elementary students cut their research teeth on: animals! So I did a search for cougar in Google and in my results list there was not an animal is sight… at least not the 4-legged ones our 2nd graders are looking for!
This is my letter to Supt. Barge and to my representatives. My example was a direct copy and paste – no editing to illustrate my point. I suspect others may have examples to share also.
“Dear Superintendent Barge,
I received information that in your budget presentation to committees Galileo was not funded. Please, as an elementary school library media specialist let me beg you to reconsider!
Again and again – as you know – education and educators bear the brunt of budget cuts. Galileo is a tool that provides our entire state with authoritative databases! Do we really and truly want all of our students and citizens to rely on Google or Bing as their authoritative on line tools? They are commercial search engines! The value of Galileo is beyond dollars; losing it is giving carte blanche to all students and citizens to become informed people based on which commercial group pays the most to become first in the search results list!
In elementary schools animal research is a very common beginning search lesson. I just typed ‘cougar’ into Google and here are my unedited results:
Cougars on the Prowl
Older Women Seek Young Studs Message & View Profiles Free!
Cougars For Younger Men
It’s Easy, Join Now for Free and Meet A Cougar in Your Area Tonight.
Where Sophisticated Cougars Meet Younger Men. As seen on ABC & NBC
Urban Dictionary: cougar
7 posts – 7 authors – Last post: Feb 17, 2010
An older woman who frequents clubs in order to score with a much younger man. The cougar can be anyone from an overly surgically altered …
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cougar – Cached – Similar
Get more discussion results
Cougar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on the region, is a mammal of the family …
Cougar (disambiguation) – North American Cougar
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cougar – Cached – Similar
Age disparity in sexual relationships – Wikipedia, the free …
”New Study Claims No Cougar Trend, Dating Websites Attempt To Show …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_disparity_in_sexual_relationships – Cached – Similar
This is real life in our schools! Is this really where we want to take our elementary students? REALLY?
Without access to authoritative databases this is exactly what will happen. And who knows what will be next in pop culture? While searching for ‘bear’ it’s one thing to guide children between information for bears the mammal and bears the football team, but do I really want to guide them through bear is a common word in gay culture? That is the 2nd hit I get in Google in my search of bears.
Please, please, reconsider this recommendation. Google and Bing are great commercial search engines but they are not expert sources for academic use. As the highest elected proponent of solid education in our state please recognize these valuable tools in education… for the WHOLE STATE!”
Library Media Specialist, Roswell North Elementary School
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The Young Adult Library Services Association has launched the inaugural issue of its open-access, peer-reviewed electronic research journal, the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults at http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya. Visit the web site to read the articles &/or subscribe to the RSS feed. The journal will be published quarterly beginning in November 2010, with issues following each February, May and August.
The first issue highlights paper presentations from YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 5-7 with a theme of Diversity, Literature and Teens: Beyond Good Intentions. The papers in the issue are:
- Cultural Inquiry: A Framework for Engaging Youth of Color in the Library, by Dr. Kafi Kumasi
- “Teens Today Don’t Read Books Anymore”: A Study of Differences in Interest and Comprehension Based on Reading Modalities: Part 1, Introduction and Methodology, by Jessica E. Moyer
- Pushing the Envelope: Exploring Sexuality in Teen Literature, by Eleanor Wood
The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults disseminates research of interest to librarians, library workers and academics who focus on library service to young adults, ages 12 through 18. It will also serve as the official research publication of the association, publishing annotated lists of recent research from YALSA’s Research Committee, Henne Award–winning research, papers from YALSA’s biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium and papers presented at YALSA’s annual Past Presidents’ Lecture (held each January at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting).
Those interested in submitting a paper to JRLYA for future issues are encouraged to contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Author guidelines and more information can be found at http://yalsa.ala.org/jrlya. Individuals interested in serving on the journal’s advisory board, which facilitates the peer review process, should fill out a volunteer form at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/joinus/committeevolunteer.cfm. Appointments to the 2010 – 2011 advisory board will be made in February and March by Sarah Flowers, YALSA’s President-Elect, and the group’s work begins in July. The group’s work is 100% virtual—attendance at ALA conferences is not required.
Stephanie (Stevie) Kuenn
I’m in the middle of switching all of our database links from words to widgets. Where I used to have the words “History Resource Center: World” linked to that database, now I have a widget – the words, an image, and a search box where a search can be started immediately (see picture). I think students will like starting their search right away, and may be more likely to remember a database if there’s a picture tied to it. I’m in a high school, but I think this could work for any age group.
Gale databases have great widgets. They provide everything for you and let you customize it if you want. You choose what option you want for embedding, such as HTML code for your website (what I use) or a link to paste in Google sites. The image is also a link, so if you didn’t want to use the search box, the database still comes up.
EBSCO also has widgets available. I received great customer support from Ryan Taylor, who was very helpful in helping me create some of the specific widgets I needed.
For the databases that don’t currently have widgets, I’m not savvy enough to create them myself. But that’s ok; there aren’t too many, and all of them have an icon associated with each product. So I used that icon and made a link. Easy, and I think more recognizable to have an image and text than just text alone. We’ll see in August!
If you are even thinking about trying widgets, go to our Social Studies Databases page and see what you think (it’s the only one I have finished). If you like it, it’s a little time-consuming, but I promise it’s not difficult! I’d be happy to share any tips, tricks, and HTML code that I can.
Library Media Specialist