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The Civil Rights Movement Encyclopedia
Students 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.
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
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.
An Encyclopedia of Animals
Young scholars complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book An Encyclopedia of Animals. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Encyclopedia Research and WWI
Students research World War I. In this library media lesson, students use several resources, including encyclopedias, to find out facts about World War I. Students locate at least two encyclopedia articles and compare the information they find in both resources.
Using an Encyclopedia Scavenger Hunt
Students practice finding topics within an encyclopedia while reinforcing facts learned in the classroom curriculum. They conduct an encyclopedia scavenger hunt for topics and facts discussed in class and assess skills they need to promote research.
Jan Brett Encyclopedia Lesson
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.
Second graders demonstrate how to use reference materials. In this library media lesson, 2nd graders are introduced to the encyclopedia and are shown how to use the encyclopedia as a reference. Students use encyclopedias to complete a worksheet.
In this using an electronic encyclopedia worksheet, students read a paragraph and then examine an entry. Students respond to 5 short answer questions regarding the data.
Encyclopedia Activity: Komodo Dragons
In this encyclopedia usage worksheet, students read an entry about Komodo Dragons, answer 5 related questions, then read an entry about reptiles and answer 5 additional questions.
Information Location Mini-lesson: Encyclopedia Practice for Grades 3-5
Pupils examine print encyclopedias to research an assigned topic from the social studies curriculum. They choose the correct volume and find the specific information needed and complete bibliographic information on a worksheet.
Research and Study Skills: Technology: Encyclopedia
In these encyclopedia worksheets, students use the 3 sample computer screens with encyclopedia results to answer the 5 questions.
Exploring Characteristics of the Sun and Britannica Online
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.
Active Reading with American History
Explore connections within and between informational texts with this lesson about encyclopedia articles. Middle schoolers write encyclopedia articles focusing on topics in American history. They discuss how to determine credibility online, practice fact checking, assess their own ability to read actively and skeptically, and write memos that educate others on how to do so. This resource provides vocabulary, assessment options, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections.
Fishing for Facts!
First graders visit the library or media center to research sea creatures using encyclopedia. They find two facts and research the Internet to find a picture of the sea creature. They create a class sea creature booklet.
Fourth graders, in groups, practice using the encyclopedia as a reference tool. They research animals today using the encyclopedia. Their job be to find three or more strange but true facts about the animal listed on their card.
The History of the Encyclopedia
Students 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.
Fifth graders explore the encyclopedia and take notes from it in a formatted way. They analyze and compare the encyclopedia to an almanac and begin to take information on their chosen president.
The Civil Rights Movement
Students create encyclopedias for the American Civil Rights Movement. In this 20th century American history activity, students research the contributions of lesser and well-known civil rights activists and write encyclopedia entries featuring their findings.
Who's Theodor Seuss Geisel?: Meet the Real Dr. Seuss
Second graders research information about Theodor Geisel, who is also known as Dr. Seuss. In this research lesson, 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.
Beginning Biography Research
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.