Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How to Make Internet Research Work for Students

Weekly Website Suggestions from Raki's Rad Resources

It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a scWebsites for the Elementary School Classroomhool in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. You can download my E-Book of Websites for the Elementary Classroom for free from Teachers Pay Teachers or Smashwords, or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

Recently, a follower on my Facebook Fan Page asked me for some website suggestions to use with kids who are doing internet research.  So, I put together a few great kid-friendly research websites and also a few tips for teachers who are creating internet research projects for “younger” students – primarily grade 2 – grade 6.  If you want a copy of these tips to share with a colleague, or at a staff meeting, feel free to download them from Google Docs.

Tips for doing internet research projects with primary and intermediate aged students - give specific, open ended, guiding questions; provide students with both specific websites and search engines, model how to read ofr informaiton and paraphrase, make students keep track of their sources, tell students what they will do with the information they gather.

You should always give your students some specific websites on the topic they are researching.  However, it is also good for them to have some more generic, search engine type of websites to use.  A few of my favorites are:  Fact Monster, KidsNet, Time for Kids and National Geographic for Kids.

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4 websites for students to use when doing internet research - kid friendly search engineIf you’re looking for a little more assistance with an Internet Research Project, you might want to try out my Internet Research Lesson, or one of my Internet Research Projects:  Amazing Americans, Earth’s MaterialsHistorical Figures, Animal Research .    

 

 

 

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources