Make a choice:
You are about to begin a journey of discovery about a famous scientist or inventor. The first thing you need to do is decide who you would like to learn about: List of Scientists and Inventors.
When you research, you should always begin by developing questions. Sometimes, however, you may have to get to know your person a little to know what kind of questions to ask.
Let’s find out about your person!
- Login to MackinVia.com
- Go into PebbleGo NEXT.
- Go to Biographies
- Search for your person
- Read each tab about your person.
- If there’s a video, watch it.
Coming up with questions-
- Begin listing any questions you have about your person.
- What are some question ideas?
- Think about their life, death, early years, why they are famous…
- Try to think of at least 15-20 questions.
- Now, it’s time to come up with your big questions!
- Look at your questions.
- Can you sort them into 4-5 categories?
- Type your 4-5 BIG questions at the top of your page.
- Assign each Category/big question a color. This will help you organize your notes later.
- Highlight each question and change the color to match its category.
When you are taking notes you have to sort through what’s trash and what’s a treasure.
- What makes information a treasure?
- What makes it trash?
Keeping your questions in mind and at hand can help you sort out what information to write down!
Let’s not Plagiarize!
to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the source
- If what you wrote doesn’t mean the same thing, try again.
- If you used the same words as the author, try again.
- If you cannot remember what the author wrote, read it again.
Your turn to practice:
Most Americans of his day loved Washington. His army officers would have tried to make him king if he had let them. From the American Revolution on, his birthday was celebrated each year throughout the country.
Chase, Philander D. “Washington, George.” World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 7 Apr. 2016.
When you are taking notes, make sure to write down the source you are gathering information from. This is how you organize the information if you are using a book:
Last Name, First Name. Book Title. Publisher City: Publisher Name, Year Published. Medium.
Olesen, Andrew. George Washington: America’s History Maker. New York: PowerKids Press, 2016. Print.
To make citations easy use EasyBib!
You can begin collecting your Resources using your Bibliography Slide. This will be turned in at the end of your project to Your Google Classroom.
Now, time to visit the Norris OPAC and find the Books about your person. Think about your questions and paraphrase your treasures!
We have many online resources available to Frisco Students. Today we will take a tour of all the places we can visit to find information.
MackinVia is the portal Frisco ISD uses to access many of the Online resources you have available. Go to MackinVia.com and Log in.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
National Geographic Kids
Student Resource Center Junior
World Book Online
We also have access to the many videos available in Discovery Learning.
- Login using the username and password Mrs. Mayo provides
- Enter your person’s name in the search box.
- On the left side of the screen click on Grade
- Select 3-5
Continue to using the books and online resources to take notes.