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Jr. High, December
1. Fold your paper into 16 boxes (fold twice in one direction, twice in the other direction)
2. Label the top left corner with your holiday.
3. Across the top, write your 3 research questions.
4. Down the left side, you will list your resources.
For each resource list the information you will need for your citations.
Books - author website - author of site if known
title name of site and/or name of the page used
publisher date last updated if known
copyright date full web address
Step 1: Use the library catalog to find a book or encyclopedia with information about your holiday. There might not be a whole book about your holiday. Try a more general book about a country or an encyclopedia.
Step 2: Take notes and write down your resource information. Repeat for each book resource you find.
Step 3: Find an online resource by using effective and efficient keyword searches in Google or another search engine. Try to be specific to find answers to your questions.
Step 4: Take notes and write down your resource information. Repeat for each electronic resource you find until your research questions are answered.
We're celebrating all week by wearing polka dots, reading Peter H. Reynolds book, The Dot, and
doing dot related activities in STEM and library. When we're done, we'll have a wall of dots in the East building, know where to locate biographies in the library and learn about how some famous people made their marks, write about dots, and make our dots 3D!
If you find a broken link, a resource that is not helpful or not appropriate, or you have a suggestion for a pathfinder, email email@example.com or come into the library.
Rube Goldberg's Professor Butts and the Self-Operating Napkin (1931)
The intermediate grades used National Kid Inventors Day, January 17th, as a jumping off point to talk about the process of inventing, inventions that have changed our world, and the physics of simple machines, gravity and other physics principles. (Trivia fact: Physics is Mrs. Kovacic's favorite science.) We then learned about a man who developed very complex machines to accomplish simple tasks: Rube Goldberg. See the links below for a news story about Rube and the contest his family foundation continues as well as a great example of a music video that features a Rube Goldberg machine.