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Ms. Lockwood and Ms. Sloop collaborated with the teacher-librarian on a series of scaffolded research strategy lessons that reviewed the Super3 research process and reinforced the process of developing "Wh" questions and locating "juicy details" when reading for information.

Students selected four questions, developed by teachers, related to a specific Modern Japan topic. Students used these questions to guide their research on geography, daily life, education, culture, technology, national symbols, etc., of Modern Japan. Students used books and resources on the Modern Japan Pathfinder find information and facts that they recorded in their graphic organizer. Students then used those facts to write a friendly-informative postcard to their parents about Modern Japan.

Below are the final ePostcards, created using Google Presentation.

| Lockwood | Sloop | Standards




Research Standards:

1. Create questions for investigations, assigned topic or personal area of interest.

2. Utilize appropriate searching techniques to gather information from a variety of sources with teacher assistance.

3. Acquire information, with teacher assistance, from multiple sources including books, ebooks, Safe Searching Resources, and Internet-based resources), and collect data about the topic.

4. Identify important information and write brief notes about the information.

5. Sort relevant information about the topic into categories with teacher assistance.

6. Report important findings to others.

AASL 21st Learner Skills:

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.


1. Creativity and Innovation

2. Communication and Collaboration.

3. Research and Information Fluency.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making.

5. Digital Citizenship.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts.

Google Applications for Education Grade Level Skills:

1) Login into Google acct. (using Chrome)

2) Locate Document/Drive List View

3) Create “From Template”...using student domain template gallery

4) “Use this Template” and rename it so teacher can identify each student's work

6) Share presentation with teacher & make Presentation public on the Web (via Share)

7) Manipulate Google Presentation slide;

  • add text and adjust text boxes

  • add images (background) from Shared with Me-->Images

  • add headline

8) Sign out of Google account and "X" out of all tabs