Exploration: Explore Gooru / Career to discover your question’s answer and propose a plan to recognize or solve an issue.

To explore your answer, plan your path to learn. Consider a question, hypothesize an answer, and search a solution. This will take most of the time for your project --- finding valid answers. 

Include at least four resources in your search for your answer, five preferable. Be sure your sources are valid and reliable and provide a balanced view of your topic.

Share your Aha's and Wows with the class: 

S6 Wows   S7 Wows S8 Wows

Portfolio Thoughts

All your best work demonstrating the skills you practice and learn should become part of your portfolio. 

RICO Thoughts: Refine, Invent, Connect, Own

Refine Main Ideas/Details/Summaries
As you search your answer and verify your hypothesis, refine your answer with evidence and connections.

Issues, Conclusions, Solutions
Invent ideas that belong to you. Suggest an solution or recognize an issue.  Connect your research and your answers to an issue that others will be interested in, especially in your own community or family. These are the ideas that you contemplate as you consider your research.

Analyze and Report
Own the information: be committed to a thorough investigation of an issue or topic; document your journey and evaluate your process and product. Do something of which you can be proud.

Reflection Prompts;  Report 

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How to plan your search:  

Be sure to check out your requirements for evaluation.

Plan your search:
 KWHW sheet  -- add to your sheet and plan:
What is your main question?
What is your hypothesis? What do you think you will discover?

Keep your log:
Maintain a log to document your journey and show your commitment. Create a form to complete a record of your learning for your portfolio and to share with your teachers. 

Think in terms of What Else:
  • What Science, Reading, Writing elements learned?
  • What has been applied to your own project?
  • What have you learned about the process of research, science concepts, organizing, drafting, sharing, revising, publishing?

Title your form: S_ Fair Log Code
Put your Science Fair Progress sheet in your Project folder. This will share this with your teacher.

Your form will include the following questions:
1. Code Name
2. What Science, Reading, Writing elements learned? (key words, main idea, take notes, re-read notes, summarize, analyze, draw conclusions, ask questions, design, edit, revise, peer help, studied a lesson, etc.)
3. What product did you complete today? (notes, drafts, revisions, completed lesson on ____, etc.)
4. On what EALRs did you focus in reading, writing, science?
5. What are your "Next Steps?"
6. Comments, Questions, Reminders,

Take notes
For each section of your text, 
  • write your source, 
  • track your topic’s main idea and details (use quotes for exact words from the text),
  • write a summary in your own words
  • consider an issue in the community related to your topic
  • check spelling and specific vocabulary
  • checklist
Is your information:
  • accurate -- how do you know the facts are true; is your source trustworthy?
  • organized -- easy to find source, main idea, details, quotes, summary, issue?
  • relevant -- are the facts important to your topic?
  • balanced -- are multiple viewpoints studied?
  • checklist

1.  Start with a WTV√ 
What's the text? What do I want to know? What will the text tell me? Is it valid? Which will I use?

Use Google Bookmark to bookmark your search. Remember to use labels -- your code name and your topic.
2. Keep notes

Use Cornell Notes or SMIDS Notes in a way that helps you remember, document, and cite your research.
One set of notes per source (list at top)
Two column possibilities:
Text Notes / What it means
Key words / summary and connections
Bottom section: Summary and Possible Issues on each page
Summarize the most important ideas and supporting details, including why the ideas are important to your topic.

Analyze your facts for issues related to your topic.
What are possible problems?
What are possible solutions?
What solutions do you think are best?

Review and Summarize

Share with Peers
Sometimes you begin to get a mental block on what to research or analyze. To help you with your thinking, share one idea about your topic with peers. Perhaps you have a question, perhaps you want to know their opinion or knowledge, perhaps you just need help clarifying your understanding. 

Use the AEIOU Think Sheet to document your sharing.

Use the PPP Share document for a group share review through a "Write Around" activity in Google Docs.

Use reading strategies --reading strategies (use your readers notebook).
Use your reading skills and note when and how you use them:
2.1.3 Main Ideas / Supporting Details
2.1.6 Generate questions and answers
2.4.5 Evaluate the information: use only the important information
2.1.7 Summarize frequently
1.3.2 Learn new vocabulary and spell it correctly
2.3.1 Discover the important causes and effects
2.4.1 Draw conclusions: What is the most important information the author is explaining? Who would benefit from the information?
2.1.6 Visualize: Create visual images with labels/captions/comments about your topic
2.4.5 Connect your issue to your community or family; find a solution
2.4.5 Generalize a common statement from your research to another situation, such as in your community.
2.4.3 Evaluate the accuracy and validity of your information.

Develop your conclusions.

Defining your issue:  Issue Think Sheet

Use the Target Sheet to summarize your facts, make conclusions, and develop a response to the issue of your question(s).

Reflection Prompts;  Report 

Choose your audience.

Persuade them to consider your solution or to recognize your issue.

Consider all your research. Contemplate the issues and suggest a solution or at least a recognition of the issue. Persuade an audience in a letter to acknowledge your solution or to recognize the issue you present.  To whom will you write?

Persuasive Strategies: Presentation  Bears

Use your writing strategies.

At this point, you will have considered a problem and hypothesis, contemplated the research to draw conclusions and generalize the issues, created a solution, communicated the solution to an audience, and curated your journey in a log and in your portfolio.

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