Module 32: Gathering Information - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit, students will explore the types of sources that can help them complete a research project. They will also learn how to keep track of the information they find while researching. Students will learn how to keep detailed records of where they find information for a research project. Students will learn what to include--and what not to include--in notes they take for a research project. Students will learn some strategies for organizing their research notes.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 11: Practice 2 None
2 Print and Digital Sources independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Tracking Sources independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Taking Notes independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Ordering Information independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 11: Practice 2
2 Print and Digital Sources
  1. Gather relevant information from print and digital sources.
  2. Record information about sources.
3 Tracking Sources
  1. Record source information as part of a note-taking process.
4 Taking Notes
  1. Take notes from informational texts, displays, and presentations.
5 Ordering Information
  1. Organize information gathered through research.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
print source
digital source
search engine
source list
advanced search
digital information
note cards
text structures
stock market

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 Print and Digital Sources 8 Sources List Assignment
3 Tracking Sources 5 Sources Information Assignment
4 Taking Notes 4 Research Notes Assignment
5 Ordering Information 4 Organizing Note Cards Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 11: Practice 2 To prepare for the Spelling 11: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Print and Digital Sources
3 Tracking Sources
4 Taking Notes
5 Ordering Information

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Print and Digital Sources
  1. What is the difference between print and digital sources?
Tracking Sources
  1. What is a good way to keep track of your sources when doing research?
Taking Notes
  1. How do you take notes when completing research?
Ordering Information
  1. What is the best way to organize your information when doing research?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Print and Digital Sources Mount Vesuvius
  1. After watching this video clip, what questions might viewers still have about Mount Vesuvius?
  2. What questions were NOT answered by the video?
Print and Digital Sources Researching Volcanoes
  1. What are some research strategies that can help you find information easily when researching?
  2. What are guidewords?
  3. How do you use guidewords?
  4. What are keywords?
  5. What is a cross-reference?
Print and Digital Sources Using Search Engines
  1. What are some strategies you should use when using a search engine?
Tracking Sources Keeping Track of Sources
  1. How can you use notecards to help you keep track of your sources when researching?
Taking Notes Skylar's Notes
  1. What kind of notes could Skylar write based on this video?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing