Our Lady of the Assumption School

Grade Three through Grade Five

Restate task/assignment and recognize the need for information

  • understand instructions and guidelines for assignments
  • understand that information is available from many different sources
  • decide what types of sources will provide useful information (encyclopedia, almanac, atlas, non-fiction, biographies, periodicals)
  • know where to obtain a broad overview of the research topic
  • decide researchable issues on topic
  • define and refine research topic based on broad overview
  • understand which words are important keywords for research topic

Form information seeking strategies

  •  obtain background information on research topic
  •  explore different sources such as on-line catalog, encyclopedia, non-fiction books
  •  outline, diagram, or web research topic
  •  understand the difference between primary and secondary sources

Locate information needed

  • review the organization of the library (location of fiction, non-fiction, encyclopedia, easy/everyone, series, and young adult)
  • know that fiction books are shelved alphabetically by author's last name
  • learn the Dewey Decimal System classifications
  • identify and use reference material (dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, almanac, thesaurus)
  • use OLA's on-line catalog with assistance (author, title, subject search)
  • introduce 'see' and 'see also' cross references
  • explore Caldecott, Newbery, King and White awards
  • understand the value of local public libraries

Evaluate information

  • skim/scan resources for usefulness
  • look for keywords in the information source
  • practice paraphrasing/ taking notes in own words (KWL or Trash-n-Treasure)
  • identify parts of book (index, glossary, copyright date, table of contents, title)
  • learn to evaluate website to determine if it is a valid resource
  • distinguish among fact, point of view, and opinion
  • understand what types of books are helpful (fiction, non-fiction, biography)

Organize Information

  • understand the importance of copyright and the consequence of plagiarism
  • create/revise draft of project (word process, powerpoint)
  • make bibliography with title, author, pages, copyright, and publisher
  • present project in class


  • determine what was done well
  • determine what could be done better
  • complete self-evaluation rubric