What is the Big6?
"The Big6 integrates information search and use skills along with technology tools in a systematic process to find, use, apply, and evaluate information to specific needs and tasks." (Moving Every Child Ahead: The Big6 Success Strategy" in MultiMedia Schools, May/June 2002 by Bob Berkowitz)
How do we use the Big6?
We teach an enhanced model of the basic Big Six Research Process to meet our specific curricular needs and objectives.We introduce various computer databases especially useful for specific searches and customize lessons to fit the diverse needs of our students.
What are the Big6 questions?
1. What do I need to do?
Define and develop appropriate questions.
2. What can I use to find what I need?
Brainstorm a variety of print and multimedia resources. Identify the best resources. Identify the best resources for the task.
3. Where can I find what I need?
Locate needed sources.
4. What information can I use?
Identify relevant information and create an efficient system to record information. Learn about citing sources.
5. How can I put my information together?
Create a product or way to communicate to others learning that has occurred!
6. How will I know if I did well?
Reflect on the quality of the product and the research process. Discuss observations about what was learned while doing research that will help increase research skills in the future.
We begin using this Eisenberg & Berkowitz developed research model in kindergarten, continuing to develop and refine the necessary information skills through fifth grade.