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Giffard, Sue – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The scenario that the author encountered when she began working in her present position was not unusual for an elementary school library: the students study a culture, and the librarian reads the stories of that culture to them to enrich the study and to make the culture come alive. The fourth-graders studied the Maya in the fall and the ancient…
Descriptors: Story Telling, School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students
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Cox, Ernie – Knowledge Quest, 2010
Teaching the evaluation of information resources can be daunting for both students and educators. In an information environment in which resource types are ever-changing, how does the school librarian assess the evaluative skills of students? The assessments ought to reflect the malleable nature of online resources. To engage students in a…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, School Libraries, Research Skills, Expertise
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Ogle, Donna – Knowledge Quest, 2009
The teaching profession has come a long way in developing frameworks that encourage and structure student inquiry. This article features the KWL (We Know, We Want to Know, We Learned/Still want to learn) framework that the author has developed for over 20 years, as a graphic organizer tool to encourage inquiry and student questioning. This…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Questioning Techniques, Instructional Materials, Teaching Models
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Lusignan, Molly; Abilock, Debbie – Knowledge Quest, 2008
This article presents a snapshot of the authors' first restoration project with young children which grew out of a fourth- and fifth-grade forestry curriculum. The restoration project was part of a long-term plan for enhancing the wild areas of the campus for wildlife habitat and for educational use. It is a native oak woodland and riparian…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Forestry, Grade 5, Wildlife
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Westman, Gretchen Daub – Knowledge Quest, 2008
In fourth grade, North Carolina students are required to write their own personal narratives. The teachers felt that telling a story would be a great stepping stone toward writing one. Rather than focusing on grammar and the mechanics of writing, students could focus on story development and creativity. In this article, the author describes how…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Personal Narratives, Story Telling, Creativity
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Crow, Sherry R. – Knowledge Quest, 2007
Developmentalists state that children are born with the intrinsic motivation to learn, but studies show that this intrinsic desire to learn begins to wane during the early school years, around third grade, and continues a steady decline through eighth grade. Intrinsic motivation is at the core of information literacy, the foundation for a desire…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Learning Motivation, Self Determination, Theories