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Name: Class:

Central idea:

Human survival is connected to understanding the continual changing nature of the earth.

This workbook is adapted from McKenzie, D. (2012) Year 7 Pursuit of passion: using the inquiry cycle with ease! Discovery College Hong Kong.

research model

1. Mind map/brainstorming

Yourself, previous knowledge, classmates, discussion

Connect & Wonder

1. Figuring it out 2. I know I wonder

Central idea, teacher's questions, teacher, classroom notice borad, hub

3. Keywords and concepts 4. Making questions 5. Evaluating questions

Search engines:

Duck Duck Go, Yahoo Kids, Databases: Britannica, Kids Infobites, Library

6. 3M strategy in searching 6. Boolean operators 7. Parts of a book

UOI books


8. Choosing places to look 9. Information Triangle

Teachers and Librarian

10. Evaluating what you find graphic organizer

11. Note taking 12. Cite a source


Paper form, EasyBib

13. Bibliography recording sheet

Success criteria: 1. I can connect ideas to own interests. 2. I can tell what is it about question and make connections to my previous knowledge.

3. I can ask questions about the topic with help.

4. I can use my previous knowledge and understanding of overall topic to predict new information.

Connect and wonder


Connect and wonder

Why am i doing this topic?

what do i need to produce at the end?

how long will i have to do it? when is it due?

who will be the audience for my finished product?

how will i know when i have finished?

Connect and wonder

What do i already know about landforms?

what do i want to focus my learning on? what are the specific topics that i want to explore?

important words

important words

Connect and wonder



are words  that  represent  the  main  ideas  of  your  topic  of  

are words  that  mean  the   same  as  your  keywords Synonyms



are the  big  ideas   to  which  your  topic  is  related Concepts


related concepts

are the   ideas  that  are  closely  associated  with   keywords  but  not  similar  meaning   like  synonyms related concepts

Connect and wonder

I wonder who ...

I wonder if ...

I wonder when ...

What if ...

I wonder how ...

What caused ...

I wonder what ...

How come ...

I wonder why ...

What does this mean?

I wonder when ...

What would happen if...?

searchable terms


Connect and wonder

I will need multiple sources to answer them?

Narrow & specific enough? balance between fact and opinion?

Can be asked in a different way? Have another points of view?

Make you think more, want to read more or know more?

Do you need to improve your question?

Success criteria: 1. I can locate non-fiction materials at my reading level. 2. I can select and use multiple resources from print, online and human source to answer questions.

3. I can use at least two sources for research project.

4. I can identify and use parts of the book to locate information from non-fiction books.



Must * Surely  appear  on  a  

web page *  Choose  from  the   question

Might * Synonyms

* Words  that  expand  or   narrow  the  meaning  of  the   keywords

Mustn't * Unwanted  terms

* Words  that  have  multiple   meaning  that  you  want  to   exclude  (This  is  not  for   every  word)

Your keywords:


what are the habitats for crocodiles in Australia? Must crocodiles


Might reptiles

Mustn't alligators


Unknown. (2010). Ripley's believe it or not?. New York: Scholastic Inc., p. 10.


Year of publication information is found on the copyright page. It is usually at the front or the back of the book.

Choosing places to look Your Questions:

Where can you go to find more information about your topic? If your topic requires Then I might try this type of resource: The most up-to-date information à Magazine, newspapers, website, Almanac Historical information


Reference, non-fiction, biography, Britannica

Background or summary information


General encyclopedia

Very specific or in-depth information


Nonfiction, magazine, website, reference

Where did I find the information to answer the question?

Why did I choose this source?

Search engines evaluation Which resource gives you the best/better search result? Good Britannica KidsInfo Bits Internet Search: Google DuckDuckGo KidRex




My focus is:

Usefullness Does the information in the resource answer my question?


Is the information up to date? When was it created?


Is the fact helpful?

Fact 1

Fact 2

Fact 3

Can I understand the information? Is it at my reading level?


Relevancy Is the information related to your topic?


Accuracy Do you know who the author of the information is?


Does the resource provide detailed information or a brief one?



You may use these Tools to help:


Main topic

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Copy the citation information from databases such as Britannica, BrainPop or Kids Infobits.

Make note to all the sources that you use such as a book, a website or newspaper. URL

Organisation information

Title of the page

always credit the author if you can find the information

Date of the website

Success criteria: 1. I can create a bibliography. 2. I can organize information using a teacher-provided tool such as keynote, video, poster or in writing.

3. I can state the main ideas.

Success criteria: 1. I can communicate new understandings through combining, predicting, illustrating and constructing. 2. I can choose the format for the product based on personal preference or use format chosen by the teacher. 3. I can use visuals and multimedia to communicate meaning.

4. I can present information clearly so that main points are evident.

Success criteria: 1. I can identify and evaluate the important features for a good product.

2. I can assess and revise own work with guidance.

3. I can identify own strength and set goals for improvement.

4. I can ask "What more would I like to learn about this topic?"

Research Cycle Workbook Year 4  

For the unit Landform