It seems like spring is research time in the library. First graders are wrapping up sloths. Second graders are finishing animals. Third graders are preparing to share their research on rainforest animals in a book. And now, fourth graders are learning about a variety of natural disasters: floods, blizzards, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tornadoes.
Spring seems to be a good time for research because the research project allows us to pull together a variety of skills learned during library classes throughout the year: finding good details, typing skills, using the library catalog, learning how to use databases, learning how to collaborate. The fourth graders chose their topic with their partner then used PowerKids Earth and Space database as well as several series of print nonfiction books on disasters.
Now that they are finished with their research, the fun begins! The students are preparing a special news broadcast that will incorporate the information they learned about their disaster: what it is, how it is predicted (if possible), how to stay safe, and an example of a famous disaster in history (recent or way back in time). They will present their newscasts and be videotaped just like television!