Strategies for Utilizing iCONN Databases with Elementary Students in Grades 3-5. Presented by: Jen Smolnik Coordinator of IT / Media Services, Stratford School District. iCONN Resources for Elementary Students. iCONN Resource Updates: Kids InfoBits Biography Resource Center
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Strategies for Utilizing iCONN Databases with Elementary Students in Grades 3-5
Presented by: Jen Smolnik Coordinator of IT / Media Services, Stratford School District
iCONN Resource Updates:
– especially the informational passages that include open-ended questions
* Based on Connecticut Mastery Test 4th Generation2007 Interpretive Guide
Use windows features to adjust text size and screen size
General Curriculum Topics
Introduction to hierarchy and pathway of information
Variety of related topics under History and Social Studies
Key word search capability on any screen
Many suggested topics within the content area
Hierarchy of ideas/search terms
Variety of active /inactive informational formats
Research text structures/source information
Introducing students to how information formats may be electronically represented
Highlighting pathway of viewed articles
Information about article genre
Students skim/scan for relevancy of articles
Students aware of format of information
Students make predictions about content based on title/headings
1) Text structures
2) introductory paragraphs
3) body of text, etc.
Students determine relevancy of article
Windows features Control + F allows skim/scan for key words
Windows full-screen features
Highlight text including leading paragraphs to assist in main idea and relationship to headings
iCONN Searching – Ancient Greece -
Follow the links to - Individual Resources – Kids InfoBits – History and Social Studies - World History - Ancient Greece
Select a magazine article written by Juliana Lewis.
What is the title?
Find the article called “Who’s Who Among the Gods?” Which magazine did it appear in? ______________________________
Find an article on the second page under the following links:
Follow the links to - Individual Resources – Kids InfoBits – History and Social Studies- World History- Ancient Greece
What is the title of the article from the Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Columbia University Press, 2000?
Pick three key words about the following topic: Slavery
Based on the key-word finding, write down the title of the source, the type of source and the fact. Share with your partner.
Articles with interpretive data
Students create graphs from information
Students locate, calculate and summarize information
Which of the following formats: Reference, Magazine or Newspaper had the greatest number of facts?
Provide students with “hints” about the content of the article.
For example, you could ask students to find an article that highlights “tidbits” of information.
What did the ancient Greeks use honey for?
Add a thought- provoking question based on background information (from multiple sources):
Why do you think they consumed so much?
B-3 and D-2: Use Evidence to draw conclusions and use relevant information to evaluate texts
Pilgrims – Discovery and Exploration of America – Frontier Life – Slavery
Ancient Greece – Ancient Rome – Holocaust – Titanic
Force and Energy – Electricity – Sounds – Waves
Graphs – Measurement - Metric System
Climate – Floods – Droughts – Rain – Hurricanes – Tornadoes – Global Warming
Pollution – Biomes – Recycling – Environmental
Select both databases