In 3rd grade this year our research topic changed to reflect new standards in our district. This year students researched people that changed history. Our research process focused more on using a new type of resource (the online encyclopedia) as in second grade students had a lot of experience using books, ebooks, and databases (PebbleGo).
I first taught students what an encyclopedia was, and we did an encyclopedia scavenger hunt. Then students learned how to use the online Encyclopedia Britanica. Students practiced using the online encyclopedia with me to research Nelson Mandela. They also practiced looking up other history makers in the classroom.
The students then got to choose a history maker to research. In library they used the computers to research using the online encyclopedia.
Classes then wrote paragraphs. I combined them into an eBook.
Mr. Hessler's Class Book
Ms. Marek's Class Book
Mrs. Bros' Class Book
(Mrs. Bros' students took all of the photos of their work themselves! Nice job!)