- Students follow their search plans, revising them as necessary.
- Students gather information inside the school at the media center
or the library and outside the school through interviews, trips, and
other libraries. They record this information on notecards or in other
- Students engage in activities to make sense and construct meaning.
They integrate information from various sources. They engage in analyses
- compare and contrast
- pro and con
- cause and effect
- Students participate in classroom-based enrichment activities related
to the theme and overarching concepts of the I-Search Unit to expand
- Students write in their journals, reflecting on the "ups and
downs" of their search process.
- If appropriate, students start drafting paragraphs for their I-Search
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|| In one school, students were asked to include interviews with experts
or people who experienced disasters for their I-Search reports. Susan,
the language arts teacher, lead the class in a lesson
about how to pose good, "fat" interview questions.
||Examples of information-gathering letters
sent out by students.
|| One team of sixth grade teachers designed a strategy
to help their entire team of 125 students exchange information during
Phase III of a unit on "How the Atlantic Ocean Affects New England's
Economy: Past, Present, and Future."
||Students used Venn diagramsto compare
and contrast the river they chose to study with the White River.
||Database Program Activity, from
the Teacher's Guide to Developing an I-Search Unit, a
component of the Make It Happen! manual
A database is a tool that allows users to store information in an
organized way and to retrieve information in response to queries.
Using a database encourages higher-level thinking skills as students
go beyond the facts to search for trends and relationships, make and
test hypotheses, and explore the meaning of data. Database programs
are helpful to students who need a tool to organize or categorize
information. Database programs provide a concrete context for discussing
relationships, hypotheses, and conclusions.
|| A Cooperative Learning Activity, from the
Teacher's Guide to Developing an I-Search Unit, a component
of the Make It Happen! manual
||Student's calendar from an I-Search
Unit on rivers
||A 6th grade student analyzes data she has been gathering from varied
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