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Media and Research Skills Class

7th Grade, Session 4


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Media and Research Skills Class for 6th and 7th Graders

Students will learn to:


  • Recognize the need for information
  • Know how to access information (in the library and online)
  • Understand how to evaluate information (especially important online!)
  • Know how to use information effectively 
  • Be able to communicate information & cite it properly


We'll cover the organization of the MS Library/Media Center, including using Alexandria, accessing everything on the school website, understanding the Dewey Decimal System and the basics of doing research.

Students will learn how to use various reference sources, including World Book online, eLibrary,  History Study Center, CultureGrams, do research, and learn to cite their sources. Students will create Word Clouds and play games that are relevant to Media & Research skills. 

NOTE:  eLibrary (as of Dec. 14) has a brand new look & should be fun & easy for students to use!!

Word Clouds
Tagul (create a Word Cloud in a shape)


My Blue Robot (Create an Avatar that you can download)

Voki (create an avatar that speaks)


Your Digital Footprint
*Top Secret (Privacy dilemmas)

What's in Your Digital Footprint?

Think Before You Post


Sample Bibliography #1

A Sample Bibliography #2

Don't Plagiariazzle Song

BibMe (to create a bibliography)

Citation for Beginners

Sources for your Bibliography

**Sources for Bibliography worksheet
      (access this using Firefox; open in Word; fill in the answers; save it to "Documents")

Purpose of Assignment (6th)

Research Project Requirements (6th)


Avoiding Plagiarism/Paraphrasing
3 Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

How to Paraphrase

What is Plagiarism & How to Avoid It

Evaluating Websites
*Evaluating Websites using CRAAP


Website Evaluation @EasyBib


Research Links:
MS Web & Research Link

*World Book online

Keep Track of Your Sources

Sample Bibliography

BibMe (to create a bibliography)


Reliable Sources? / Fake or real information?
Download GOOGLE worksheet here

GOOGLE (search engine)

Evaluating Websites Video

Which source is reliable, which is fake?


Reliable Research Sources
World Book


CIA World Factbook

Countries of the World (InfoPlease)


Fact vs Opinion

Fun Facts (Weird but True)

Fact or Opinion Quiz

Fact and Opinion Powtoon

Fact vs Opinion Video

Fact vs Opinion Song

How to Spot Fake News


Digital Citizenship

*Digital Etiquette

Privacy Pirates (Internet safety)

Through the Wild Web Woods (Internet Safety)

Digital Compass (Digital Citizenship)

Evelyn's Expedition (Facts vs Opinions)

---->Jo Cool or Jo Fool?:

    •Take the Tour, then
    •Take the Quiz


Your Digital Footprint
Your Digital Footprint (video)

Think Before You Post

Ways to Make a Positive Digital Footprint


How to Paraphrase

The Dewey Rap

Big 6 Song

How to do Research

How to Make a Works Cited Page (Bibliography)

Copyright & Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism & How to Avoid It

Don't Plagiariazzle Song


Here are some good search engines:




For Fun (& learning)

Privacy Pirates (Internet safety)

Research Terms

Research Crossword

Library Terms (mult choice)

Library Terms (matching)

Library Skills Game

Dewey Decimal System

Tagul (create a Word Cloud in a shape)

Dewey Browse (browse the Internet using the Dewey Decimal System)

*Dewey Crossword

*Dewey Challenge

*How Much Dewey Can You Do?

*Do The Dewey

Hotel Library Manhattan (inspired by the Dewey Decimal System)

Dewey Rap

Dewey Theme Park



*Ask a Question?


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