Geeeesh -- are YOU trying to teach research skills to littles in a 40-minute activity block like me? It can be a big snooze fest! I've taught Big 6 many times over the years, and I've found that my kids get those thinking skills down faster, when I disguise the steps -- by wrapping them up in a really fun project or in a juicy story!
So, the storyteller in me won this round, and I'm pretty happy with the results. I got some chuckles from the kiddos -- and we nailed the basics of Big6, too!
If you're still with me, I put together a little PowerPoint tale about a kid who finds himself - unexpectedly - in charge of his family's Thanksgiving meal. I combed through tons of awesome Adobe Stock photos and cute DJ Inkers clipart to make the slides pop. Then, I threw in lots of talking points that kids relate to right away.
Since I'm not there to talk you through it, I've included a slide-by-slide "script" to back you up -- and I've added two different exit tickets to get that important assessment piece out of the way!
Teach it in one week or spread it out for two -- and your kids will be clamoring to talk about how THEY would have used Big 6, if they were in this poor kid's shoes!
"Hard" research skills are important. Absolutely, and I'll get to those... but not until my kids have a solid foundation to build upon. (Plus, it's a FUN lesson to teach during the November doldrums!)