9th Grade Research Scavenger Hunt - 2008

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                         Research Scavenger Hunt
                          ( 9th Grade Level Lesson for use with Research Unit)

Learning                 ELA9RL5 – The student applies the vocabulary of research
Standard:                ELA9W3 – The student uses research and technology to gather and evaluate
                         sources that will support writing.

Task Description:
Students will be come familiar with various internet search engines, as well as the media card catalog.
Students will learn to refine their searches by using effective keywords to find accurate information.
Exploring these topics will increase student awareness of the wide range of information available on the
internet.

Direct Instruction for Whole Class: The whole class will be involved in the following learning
experience:
With a laptop and a projector (smart board if possible), students will be guided through a study of what is
available on the internet and in the media center. Sample searches will be conducted to show all students
what is available for research purposes.

Group Work:
Group One:            Group Two:             Group Three:           Group Four:           Group Five:
Beginners             Intermediate           Advanced
These students will   These students will    These students
make a trip to the    spend time in the      should spend time
media center          computer lab or in     putting together a
where they will be    the classroom          short presentation
instructed as to      browsing the           to instruct students
available resources   various search         where to go for
using the media       engines on the         various sources.
center catalog.       internet. Report to    They should be
Take notes and be     the class about        prepared to report
prepared to present   various search         to the class.
to the class.         engines.



Individual Work:
Each student will participate in an Internet Scavenger Hunt when they have completed the group work and
reported to the class. Students should report to the media center or the computer lab and log onto
computers. After completing the scavenger hunt, students will share their answers in small groups and be
prepared to report their findings.


Methods of Assessment:
Group Work – Oral Presentation (Checklist, Rubric)
Scavenger Hunt – Questions and Answer
Self-Assessment
Peer Assessment
(See Attached Scavenger Hunt – adapted by Polly Pitts for TCSS / ELA Department 2008-2009)
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                          INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNT
                  (adapted from - www.lessonplanspage.com – Ryan Sculley)




Name _______________________________________________________________

Class____________________________Date________________________________

Directions: Use the Internet to complete each task below. List the search terms you
used to find your answers, and provide the URL of each web site you used.

Task I        Find out what the high and low temperatures will be tomorrow.
Search Terms:

URL:

Response:



Task 2:        Define the terms triskaidekaphobia and the term claustrophobia.
Search Terms :

URL:

Response:



Task 3:       Search the Internet for how many lines are in a limerick.
Search Terms:

URL:

Response


Task 4:      Where can you find career information in the media center catalog?
Search Terms

URL

Response
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Task 5:       Who was the last NASCAR driver to win the Daytona 500?
Search Terms:

URL:

Response:


Task 6:       Name a famous author from our state.
Search Terms:

URL:

Response:


Task 7:       Find 2 books on dream interpretation in the media center catalog.
Search Terms:

URL:

Book Titles:


Task 8:       Find three (3) funny laws in the state of Georgia.
Search Terms:

URL:

Laws:



Task 9:         In the media center catalog, find the call number for Jesse Owens,
                Olympic Hero.
Search Terms:

URL:

Call Number:
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Task 10:        Find two separate events that will be held in the Georgia Dome
                this month.
Search Terms:

URL:

Events:


Task 11:      Who wrote the poem “Jabberwocky”?
Search Terms:

URL:

Response:


Task 12:      What is the high school graduation rate in our state?
Search Terms:

URL:

Response:



Answer the following questions:

   1. Which search engine did you use the most? Why?


   2. How did you determine effective keywords for your searches?


   3. What were some difficulties you had in finding information?


   4. Name 4 resources available to you in the media center.


   5. Which resource in the media center catalog do you think will be most helpful?
      Why?

				
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