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Kathleen, I have been doing Round Robin Reverence lessons with both
fourth and fifth grades.  I pick a topic, like presidents, states,
inventors and pair the kids up (because I too don't have enough
materials for every kid.)  Then I tell them that they are going to
find the information on the sheet I prepared, and they are going to
use three different reference sources.  My sources have been a
non-fiction book, an encyclopedia and the web.  They could be most
any other resources you wanted, atlases, almanacs etc.  The lesson is
split into three ten minute sections and a third of the kids use the
encyclopedia, a third the web, and a third the non fiction book.
Then I ring a bell and the kids switch to the next source and then
the last one. I number the tables so they know who goes where. It has
worked well.  We have 45 minute grade 4 and 5 classes so this fits
into that period with the additional book exchange time.  I don't
remember where I got this idea but it has been successful.

Our third grade just finished an Information Scavenger hunt.  The room was
set up in centers and the students had a two page handout to fill in.  Each
student was to figure out which center had the material that was needed to
fill in the blanks.  Information resources were: telephone books, Atlas,
encyclopedia, social studies book, and dictionaries.

I am willing to send you a copy if this would be a assistance.

Martha Pilegard, Librarian
Sanger Academy Charter
Sanger, CA

I don't know if this is exactly the kind of help you need...
  Sometimes I make a "sample" page from the source on an overhead
transparency and put in things that I want to illustrate.  I can copy things
from the web onto a transparency page in my computer printer.
  If there aren't enough copies, have them work in teams.
  I like to put questions on 3 x 5 cards and not require a written answer
(give an oral report to your team or to the class); it's less overwhelming.

I play a game with the 4th graders where I give them the name of a place that
they've probably never heard of, or one that doesn't exist.  Their job is to
find out if it does, by using the atlas index (which is where I check for the
names myself). I use names like Timbuktu( they're all POSITIVE that Dr. Seuss
made that one up!) I make sure I write the place down so they have something
to see while they look it up.  I let them work in groups of 2-each group is a
team. Each team gets a different place to look up, so you need less atlases.
After they have all looked up the place I gave them, and found out if there
really is such a place, they ask the other teams if they think it exists.
Each correct team gets a point, nothing for the teams that are wrong.
However, the incorrect teams can get a "rebound" point if they can look it up
and find out what continent it's on. They have to use the index and go to the
actual map to see where it is. I have them write their answers down on big
cards and they all think they're in a game show or something!  Great fun, and
they're learning how to use an atlas at the same time.

Sounds complicated, but if you can find or make up some really silly names
they  enjoy it.  More than once I've heard kids in the lunch line asking
someone in another grade if they think Tarzania is a real place!!

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