The Information Learning Activity

“The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done – men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.”Jean Piaget

Image taken by M. Nye

Image taken by Michelle Nye – Classroom Wonder Wall 2013

The Information Learning Activity (ILA) that I have been a part of is set in an independent school with Year 3 and 4 students. These two classes work side by side and have been taking part in a peer inquiry program initiated by the class teachers. I have been able to support them 2-3 times a week with their independent learning on this topic over the term. As a Teacher-Librarian I am able to provide the teachers and students with new ways of finding information and developing critical thinking skills when researching. This ILA will run for 4-5 weeks where the following lessons will be led by me;

  1. Introduction to search engines designed for middle primary 
  2. Web site evaluation and the introduction of Kathy Schrock’s The 5 W’s of Web Site Evaluation
  3. Demonstration of Quintura for Kids
  4. Resource location lesson – use of the OPAC and where to find non-fiction materials in the collection
  5. I.S.R. lesson where information, source and records are kept (adapted from I.S.P. graphic organiser) for all sources used in the research lessons
  6. Regular ongoing inquiry support 1-2 periods a week working as a collaborative team with the two other teachers

Unit:  Living and Non-Living Materials

This unit links into the new ACARA Science curriculum. Science is everywhere in today’s world. It is part of our daily lives, from cooking and gardening, to recycling and comprehending the daily weather report, to reading a map and using a computer. Advances in technology and science are transforming our world at an incredible pace, and our children’s future will surely be filled with leaps in technology we can only imagine. Being “science literate” will no longer be just an advantage but an absolute necessity. We can’t escape from the significance of science in our world.

What are the big ideas:

  • Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use.

Key understanding material questions:

  • Describe and compare the properties of materials.
  • Understand that there are natural materials and man made materials- and that natural ones can be changed.
  • Understand the differences and similarities of living and non-living materials.
  • Identify an appropriate use for a material based on its properties.
  • Select materials for various uses showing an awareness of consequences for humans and the environment.
  • Explain why the properties of a material make it suitable for a particular use.

Inquiry questions:

  • What is a material?
  • What the different properties of materials?
  • How do the properties of a material make it suitable for a particular use?
  • What is biodegradability?

ACARA links:

Year 3 – Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)

Year 4 – Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)


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