Let's use the Big6 to help us today!

Today we are going to learn about different ways that we can classify and identify rocks!

Mr. Williams has given you the task of becoming rock experts.  In order to do that, we need to review some skills for research which we learned about a few weeks ago.

This should look familiar:  The Big Six

This model is called the Big6 research process.  We use it to help us solve information problems.  Now, let's review the steps of the Big6:

1. Task Definition

In Stage 1, we determine our information problem. We probably need more information about our topic of concern, so that we can solve the problem.  Today, Mr. Williams has given us a task to complete.  We need to become rock experts.  So, I would assume that we need information about rocks.

Questions to ask yourself:
  • What is my current task?
  • What are some topics or questions I need to answer?
  • What types of information do I need?


2. Information Seeking Strategies

Next, we think about all of the possible sources that we can use to solve the problem.  Brainstorming some ideas of where to find the information we need will greatly help us.  Some of these sources will be a lot better than others, and we want the best of the best.

Let's think:  What do you already know about rocks?  Write down your thoughts on a piece of paper.  Think of some sources that would give you information about rocks.

Questions to ask yourself:
  • What are all the possible sources to check?
  • What are the best sources of information for this task?

3. Location and Access

Now we want to go and find the sources.  We may need books, a computer, another person, or something else entirely, like rocks.  Once we have our sources, we will look within them for the information that we need.

Questions to ask yourself:
  • Where can I find each source?
  • Within each source, where is the information that I need?

4. Use of Information

In Stage 4, we use the sources which we have previously found.  We may read, hear, view, touch, taste, or smell them.  As we use our sources, we should pull out information that is relevant to our topic of concern.  We need to remember this information for later use.  It may be a good idea to go over the questions about rocks on the assignment, so that you know what to look for.

Questions to ask yourself:
  • What information do I expect to find in this source?
  • How can I best use the source for my needs?
  • What information from the source is useful to me?

5. Synthesis

Next, we want to organize the useful information that we find from our multiple sources.  We want to be able to find the right information when we need it.  If we organize the things we have found, we can access our information more quickly and efficiently.  Then, we will present our information to others.

Questions to ask yourself:
  • How can I organize all of my information?
  • How should I present my information?

6. Evaluation

Last of all, we evaluate how we did on our task.  We judge the effectiveness of the product of our work.  We also judge the efficiency of our use of the Big6 research process.  It is important for us to evaluate our learning so that we can improve our efforts to complete tasks in the future.

Questions to ask yourself:
  • Has my task been completed?
  • Did I do what I was required to do?
  • Did I complete each of the Big6 Stages efficiently?
  • How can I do things better?

Now that we have reviewed this model, you can begin your task of becoming a rock expert.  If you get stuck along the way, you can always ask me, Ms. Andersen, for some help.  And don't forget to use the Big6!  It will help you know what to do to complete your assignment.  Good luck!

Here is a link to Mr. Williams' page for the assignment Become a Rock Expert!.

HINT:  For number 5 on the assignment, it might be a good idea to use Pioneer.