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Young scholars conduct research on the Civil Rights Movement and participants in order to create an encyclopedia with alphabetical articles about some of the leaders and the ordinary people who made a difference in the movement. The articles for the encyclopedia are written so first-graders are able to read and understand.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Third graders develop encyclopedia skills to locate information. In this Jan Brett library lesson, 3rd graders research animals in the encyclopedia and complete a worksheet on one animal. Students relate their work to the work of Jan Brett researching settings for her books.
Young scholars use an the online encyclopedia, Britannica, to explore and answer questions about the characteristics of the sun. They use the information they find about the characteristics of the sun to label and identify the zones and parts of the sun on a diagram or create their own diagram of the sun.
Second graders research information about Theodor Geisel, who is also known as Dr. Seuss. In this research instructional activity, 2nd graders use multimedia resources, print encyclopedias, and other sources to find out who the real Dr. Seuss is. They compete a biography template and write a final report about the author.
Learners investigate the history of the encyclopedias and compare and contrast them with the online version, Wikipedia. In groups, they research the strengths and weaknesses and prepare for a debate about them. Following the debate, students discuss the virtues of each type of research source.
After being introduced to non-fiction texts, second graders meet a different type of non-fiction text that can help them locate factual information. They discuss and examine all of the features found in typical encyclopedias such as, guide words, alphabetical organization, subject and topics. They practice using the Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia to use guide words to locate subjects or topics of interest.
Have your class read texts on a specific famous person using a Student Encyclopedia. They will learn to use basic research skills to answer questions about their famous person, take notes, and learn how to cite sources to complete a simple bibliography. Note: There is an extension to write a short report available.