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On August 28, I wrote:
I am learning about the Big 6 and want to begin using it with
my primary (K-4) students. I am interested in advice from any
of you who have experience using Big 6 with this age group.
I will post a HIT-> if anyone is interested!!

Sorry that it has taken me so long to compile my HIT->. Thanks
to all who responded to me, both to give advice and to ask me
to post a HIT->.

I was thrilled at a library media specialist's meeting in my
own school division to hear a primary and a middle school
library media specialist talking about the Big 6! I first heard
about Big 6 from Sandii Huemann-Kelly, a former colleague who
is now in Iowa. I will be sharing this HIT-> with library media
specialists in my school system as well as on the NET.

First, I was referred by several folks to two books:
Information Problem Solving: The Big Six Approach to Library
and Information Skills Instruction (Ablex, 1990) and
Curriculum Initiative: An Agenda and Strategy for Library Media
Programs (Ablex, 1988)
Address for Ablex: 355 Chestnut Street, Norwood, New Jersey
07648 Phone 201-767-8450
I haven't received my books yet, but I am very anxious to read

Also, I was referred to two articles:
Eisenberg and Berkowitz, "Information Problem-Solving: The Big
#5, January, 1992, p. 27-29, 37, 42.

Sine, Lynn, and Becky Murphy, "Teaming to Teach the Information
MONTHLY, Vol. 9, No. 5, November, 1992, p. 30-31, 35

Lynn is a library media specialist in New York, and the article
describes a unit she did with a first grade teacher. Lynn also
wrote to me and mentioned a rap song that she and the music
teacher made up. She uses a form to coordinate what is going on
in the classroom on a monthly basis. Write to Lynn at
LSINE%ONONDAGA>bitnet@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU (hope I got that right!)

Bob Grover wrote to tell me about a video he and Mike Eisenberg
produced that is available from Libraries Unlimited. The tape
is 30 minutes. I did get the tape, and would recommend it! I
took notes from the tape, and together with the article by Mike
and Bob Berkowitz and some friendly advice from them online, i
tried the Big 6 with my third and fourth grade classes. Also,
when I met with 3rd and 4th grade teachers last week to talk
about flexible scheduling (which we do after the first six
weeks), I talked about the Big 6, and showed them the poster I
made. They all wanted a copy! We are using the Big 6 when they
bring their classes to research.

Margaret Whittaker told me about her way of introducing Big
6--A Big 6 Pizza Unit!She has a great unit developed--contact
her at mswhitta@mailbox.syr.edu for more details.

Sandy Scroggs was just getting started (like me). She is
building a curriculum map and has interested her teachers in a
biography unit using Big 6. Contact her at sandyscr@tenet.edu
to talk about what she is doing.

Barbara Jansen (who has recently posted information on Big 6
with Kindergarten on the NET) sent me lots of useful info. She
is developing a scope and sequence and mapping the
curriculum.She uses the Big 6 during library orientation,
grabbing the student's attention with real-life examples.  When
she first wrote me, she was using Big 6 in 2-5 grades.For
example, she used it with second grade for a planet fact search
in the library; they used the facts about planets in a fiction
story. Later, she described a unit on farm animals with first
grade, and of course, the lesson with Kindergarten. Contact
Barbara at bjansen@tenet.edu (hope some of you will report on
her session at AASL!)

Diane Durbin says Big 6 skills are of value anytime you are in
a situation where one needs to locate, evaluate and use
information in order to solve a problem. She described both
successes and less than successes with her teachers. She
planned to make a handout on Big 6 for kids whose teachers do
not embrace Big 6, and make a bookmark or pocket sized handout
*(giving credit to Mike and Bob.) Her email address is

Carolyn Haney mentions that Big 6 works well with flexible
scheduling in her K-6 school. She works with teachers to use
Big Six in their units, with the support of the school district.
Contact her at Carolyn.Haney@uni.ed.

Betty Hamilton, a high school librarian, cautions us to use the
vocabulary that little ones will need and not change the
wording too much.

Connie Williams (cowilli@eis.calstate.edu) is working with a
fourth grade teacher and making simplified posters. She said
their elementary schools have had no librarians for years, so
students have had little or no library training. She says the
books mentioned above are great and "practically hold your hand
throughout the process."

Alice Yucht suggests an alternate framework developed by her
7th grade students: 4 steps-F L I P. . .she is working on a
book for Linworth with this strategy. Write her at

And last week, Mike Eisenberg suggested the SUPER THREE for
kindergarten (Beginning, Middle, End.)

Thanks to everyone who responded. Let's keep in touch and share
our successes!

Karen Whetzel
Greetings from the HEART of the Shenandoah Valley!
Karen Whetzel                Library Media Specialist
Post Office Box 809          Ashby-Lee Elementary School (K-4)
New Market, Virginia 22844   Mount Jackson, Virginia 22842
703-740-8589                 703-477-2926


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