Research & Information Fluency

GR K-2

Students go on the offense to research Asian countries competing in soccer's World Cup.  With assists from their upper grade literacy buddies, the students SCORE! by creating online posters about their teams that they share during their own World Cup celebration.

Sky Gazers

Students will observe and record what they see in the sky at night over the course of one month. They will create their own explanations for changes they observe in the moon and compare their explanations to the facts. 

Let It Snow

Wilson Bentley was born and raised in Jericho, Vermont and is best known as Snowflake Bentley.  His research about rain and snow was published extensively in newspapers and magazines during the 1800’s. Students research his life and his work using several resources and present the information in digital form.  

GR 3-5

Everyone loves to visit a zoo to see the animals up close and personal and to learn all about them. BUT, what do you do if your state doesn't have a zoo to visit? These students create the first zoo in Vermont, a virtual zoo!

As part of an interdisciplinary project, students research and collect a list of interesting numerical facts and graphs that describe Lake Champlain. Student groups then select one topic to identify trends and make a prediction about the lake from the data they have collected.

Students learn how and why leaves lose their colors in the fall in Vermont. They create a 'Fall Into Color' wiki about the different changing leaves around the world and invite students from around the world to collaborate on the project.

GR 6-8

Student use primary sources to examine the life and work of a famous artist and create interactive reports that connect the information they have gathered with the primary and secondary resources from which it was taken.

Personal Learning Projects

Middle school students in grades 6-8 research self-selected topics of interest using a variety of print and electronic resources. Students learn how to develop focus questions and research plans. Each student configures and maintains a blog to collect and organize information, obtain feedback, and to present their research findings. Students communicate with experts in the field about their selected topics via email, face-to-face interviews, or videoconferencing. Feedback is provided to students from teachers, field experts, and peers through the comments feature of a blog. Students learn about the research process, including strategies for finding and evaluating materials.

Students in a middle school class became very concerned about the H1N1 flu virus, its impact on children in their age group, and the media attention to the vaccination being offered at their school. As a result, they decide to do research on this disease. They share the results of their research through posters placed around the community, at the local hospital, in pediatricians' offices, and through multimedia presentations shared on the Internet.