STRAND 3: RESEARCH AND INFORMATION LITERACY
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
  • plan strategies to guide inquiry.
  • locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  • evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  • process data and report results.
(Obtained from: http://nets-implementation.iste.wikispaces.net/Research+and+Information+Fluency )

Concept 1: Planning
Plan strategies to guide inquiry using technology.

PO 1. Generate key words and synonyms from a posed question for a search.
Key Word Searches (Grades K-2)
Overview: This site focuses on 21st Century Information Fluency using "full circle kits" which have games to help students refine their keyword serches. Go to the Action Zone to find a variety of challenges.
http://208.109.122.145/rkit/newRkit/queries.html


Overview: Children search for animal pictures online by clicking letters of the alphabet. They then print the pictures and, in an offline activity, color them and arrange a display.
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/k-1/abc_searching/

Overview: Keyword searching is an effective way to locate information on the World Wide Web. Students learn how to select keywords to produce the best search results.
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/2-3/using_keywords/


PO 2. Explore and differentiate types of information and online sources.
Using the Library As a Resource (Grades K-2)

Overview: Children learn that the library houses many forms of media for both research and leisure activities. They also learn that an important resource in the library is the librarian.
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/k-1/the_library/


Overview: Students learn that the library is the best place to begin research because the librarian can help them find information in all kinds of media.
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/2-3/ask_a_librarian/

Overview:Site to help define search criteria, target results for your search, and determine whether fact or fiction. This page will take you to both word documents and animated sites.
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/digdat.html


Using Search Engines (Grades K-2)
Overview: This site helps students learn how search engine work.
[[http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/search.htmlConnecting|http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/search.html]]


Connecting to the Internet (Grades K-2)
Overview: This site helps students learn how to connect to the Internet.
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/connect.html


How the WEB Works (Grades K-2)
Overview: This site helps students learn how to use the WEB.
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/webworks.html

How E-mail Works (Grades K-2)

Overview: This site helps students learn how E-mail works.
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/email.html


How Newsgroups and Forums Work (Grades K-2)
Overview: This site helps students learn how to use newsgroups and forums.

http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/forums.html

How Streaming Media Works (Grades K-2)
Overview: This site helps students learn how streaming media works.
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/media.html


How Mailing Lists Work (Grades K-2)
Overview: This site helps students learn how to use mailing lists.
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/animate/maillist.html


Concept 2: Processing

Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.

PO 1. Conduct a search using multiple keywords.
Key Word Searches (Grades K-2)

Overview: Children search for animal pictures online by clicking letters of the alphabet. They then print the pictures and, in an offline activity, color them and arrange a display.

http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/k-1/abc_searching/
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/2-3/using_keywords/


Overview: Keyword searching is an effective way to locate information on the World Wide Web. Students learn how to select keywords to produce the best search results.
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/animal-study-from-fiction-286.html


PO 2. Use preselected and/or primary and secondary sources.

Information Gathering Process (Grades K-2)
Overview: This lesson models an information-gathering process for primary learners as they listen to and look at resources, seeking information pertinent to the questions on an information wheel.
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/listen-look-learn-information-15.html?tab=1#tabs

Determining the Quality and Usefulness of a Site (Grades K-2)
Overview: Grade K-1 Children explore and evaluate a children's Web site, concluding that people's opinions about the quality and usefulness of a site will vary
http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/2-3/finding_good_sites/


Thematic Pathfinder (Grades K-2)
Overview: A guide to kids web sites where students can explore many topics

http://42explore.com/

PO 3. Demonstrate knowledge of real versus make-believe. Older students between a fact, untruth, and an opinion.

Animal Site: From Fiction to Fact (Grades K-2)
Overview: Students will use both fiction and non-fiction literature along with questioning to identify animal information that is factual.Animals that are included in this lesson are

http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/researchinfo/lessons/k-1/good_sites/

PO 4. Sort information into major topics and create a list of ideas.

Learning Research Strategies (Grades K-2)
Overview: This lesson focuses on a “learn by doing” series of reading and writing activities designed to teach research strategies. The activity uses KWL charts and interactive writing as key components of organizing information. As a class, students list what they know about insects, prompted by examining pictures in an insect book.
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/creating-question-answer-books-353.html?tab=1#tabs


Overview: Students will find out in this lesson in which they examine their prior knowledge about frogs, make predictions, and verify their predictions through research on the Internet. Students initially record their predictions about frogs on a worksheet with true and false columns.
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/frog-beyond-fairy-tale-7.html


PO 5. Identify and follow rules regarding legal and ethical behaviors when using information resources. Older students must cite resources appropriately.

Safe Sites (Grades K-2)
Overview: Add safe sites to your webpage that will allow your students to locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media. Some of the safe sites include:
http://www.kidsites.com/