This lesson teaches/reinforces skills in using reference books such as encyclopedia, dictionary, biographical dictionary, almanac, etc. Students look up answers to questions in the appropriate reference book and are given a list where the information can be found. I used this type of lesson often as a middle school media specialist and found students enjoyed it and benefited from it greatly. Often I allowed students to work with partners on the activity and if you do this, this lesson could be used at earlier grades. But it is great practice for even high school students. It would also be a great assignment to leave for a substitute teacher to do with your students. Included in a one-page summary of the activity (including answer key) followed by 2 versions of the worksheet to be copied and passed out to students. One worksheet has the recommended reference book included at the end of each question and the other does not for older more competent students.
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I appreciate your comment and suggestion. I have revised the lesson and included two different versions of the questions as a worksheet that can be passed out to students. I do think the price is justified as this activity took quite a while to make. I had to come up with questions whose answers most students would likely not know and then research answers myself. AND the activity will take an entire class period (perhaps more for younger students). If you are not able to download the revision without paying again, please send another comment telling me that and then email me at email@example.com so that I can email you the revised document. This is an email not regularly checked which is why I need you to comment first so I will be notified by my primary email account. Again thanks.
November 26, 2012
September 19, 2012
great to review how to use reference books
September 16, 2012
February 12, 2012
Good hands-on activity for kids to use right away. Thanks for sharing this.