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Are You Sure You've Got the Right Answer?

Summer Zephyr
Bay District Schools


The student selects a problem to answer in the content area. Through the use of strategic questioning, planning, searching and information-compacting skills the student effectively uses the Internet to find the answer to his question.


The student locates, gathers, analyzes, and evaluates written information for a variety of purposes, including research projects, real-world tasks, and self-improvement.


-paper and pencil for note taking.
-folder to keep notes.
-Internet access


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1. Teacher shows example of finished research project to class (or provides sample for each student) and gives Research Cycle Rubric to each student so he knows how he is being graded.
2.The researching student defines a set of initial questions in the
3.Plans a visit to the Net in the library or in classroom.
4.Visits appropriate sites.
5.. Collects promising materials.
6. Sign off Net.
7Reviews and culls the first -list- of resources.
8.Plans another visit to gather information as needed.
9.The visits are repeated in cycles of planning, gathering, and sifting.
10.The student goes through the research cycle
Questioning (before)
Planning (before)
Sorting and sifting (after)
Synthesizing -putting together- (after)
Evaluating (after)


Student prepares a written research paper using the Research Cycle Rubric . See Attachment.

Web Links

Web supplement for Are You Sure You've Got the Right Answer?
Kids Ask Scientists Questions

Web supplement for Are You Sure You've Got the Right Answer?
Kids' Research Site

Attached Files

This is the rubric used to score the student's final papers.     File Extension: pdf

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