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Research Steps

Connect: Observe, experience, connect a subject to self and previous knowledge. 

Wonder: Predict, develop questions and hypotheses.

Construct: Draw conclusions, arrive at new understandings. 

Express: Apply understandings to a new context, share learning with others. 

Reflect: Examine one's own learning and ask new questions.

Research Tools

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

Encyclopedia Britannica
Articles and pictures for research topics


Fact Monster
Fast facts on math, science, the world, people, and sports


Scholastic GO! Online
The New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia, plus "Amazing Animals" and  "America the Beautiful" (states and regions of the U.S.)

Databases

Pebble Go
Information on animals, biographies, earth/space, and social studies for beginning readers


Pebble Go Next
States and regions and Native American tribes


TrueFLIX
Videos and nonfiction ebooks on a variety of social studies and science topics


Primary Search
Search kids' magazines for articles on your topic

Explora
Search across multiple resources (magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, pictures) at once
<Can limit reading level>

Dictionaries and Thesauruses

Dictionary.com
Words and their meanings


Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and antonyms


Rhyme Zone
Online rhyming dictionary and thesaurus