QueSPER Information Literacy Strategy Tools for K-5

Information Strategies

Strategies are a part of a thoughtful plan to solve a problem.  Information problem-solving for young children involves basic strategies in using information, e. g. knowing basic tools, knowing basic computer commands and interfaces, knowing how to use a dictionary or an index, knowing what can be wrong with a simple search strategy when it does not work, knowing what to do next in any information search.

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Young children have difficulty remembering steps in a process.  The younger the children, the fewer steps they can remember.  To aid young children in remembering strategies and steps, the QueSPER Curriculum has a number of concrete objects (toys, etc.) that embody the strategies along with a few basic acronyms to help children remember what to do next.

QueSPER

RESEARCH FRAMEWORK. . .

 

DEARHearT

REMEMBERING

 REFERENCE

RESOURCES

 

SMILKA

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE FINDING INFORMATION

 

SAM, SAM, The Index Man

AN INDEX ONLY DOES ONE THING

 

7 Curious Cats

QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR TOPIC

 

RACER

Evaluate information for

RELEVANCE ACCURACY CURRENCY EVIDENCE of bias           RELIABILITY

bulletQueSPER the Research Bear and how to make a first search plan
bulletSeven Curious Cats to help remember question words
bulletDEARhearT, the Red Resource Reminder
bulletSMILKA, the Penguin for the Information World
bullet RACER
bulletSam, Sam the Index Man whose job is solely to point you in the right direction

These six assistants help young students (Grade K-5) remember strategies and begin their work in the information world.

For FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADES

bulletCITATION STATION
bulletPROBE

  Carol J. Fox, 2002

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