Riding the Reading Roller Coaster:
Use Reference Resources
 
Students need to learn to use both print and web-based reference resources. Identify a specific standard and locate a resource that might help address that standard. Use the general resources to locate specific resources:
 
 
 
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Little Explorers Picture Dictionary

Yahooligan's Almanac

Let's Find Out

Information Please

Information Please for Kids

Science Dictionary

Encarta

Grolier

Smithsonian Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia.com

Instrument Encyclopedia

World Fact Book

Funk and Wagnalls

Word Central

Farmer's Almanac

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Rhyming Dictionary

Dictionary.com

Acronym Finder

Casey's Reverse Dictionary

Merriam Webster Online

Anagrams

Synonym Dictionary

Online Grammars

Semantic Rhyming Dictionary

Visual Thesaurus

Thesaurus

Barlett's Quotations

The Quotations Page

Roget's Thesaurus

Yahoo Quotes

Quoteland


 
Design high level questions. Rather than asking students to copy, list, or state. Try a higher level quesiton. What do you want your students to be able to do or talk about at the end of the activity? Keep in mind that the activity is not about Internet, the specific website, or even the subject area. It's about learning a skill, acquiring a concept, or solving a problem that will transfer to other learning experiences down the road.
 
"State", "list", and "describe" are common directions for activities found in traditional worksheets and textbooks. Add a spark to your learning outcome by focusing on higher-level, thought-provoking activities. Select a reference tool and design an outcome based on one of the active words below:

add
alphabetize
analyze
animate
apply
appraise
arrange
assemble
brainstorm
browse
build
carve
categorize
choose
classify
cluster
color
compare
compile
complete
compose
compute
conclude
conduct
connect
construct
contrast
convert
correct
create
cut
debate
decide
deduce
deduct
defend
define
demonstrate
derive
describe
design
designate
determine
develop
diagnose
diagram
differentiate
discuss
dissect
distinguish
document
draw
estimate
evaluate
examine
explain
explore
extrapolate
find out
fit
formulate
generate
give-an-example
graph
hit
hold
identify
illustrate
indicate
infer
install
interpret
invent
judge
justify
label
list
locate
make
manipulate
match
measure
memorize
modify
multiply
name
operate
order
organize
outline
paint
paraphrase
plan
plot
position
predict
prepare
present
pretend
prioritize
produce
pronounce
put-in-order
rank
rate
read
rearrange
recall
reconstruct
reduce
relate
remove
reorganize
restate
retell-with-your-words
revise
rewrite
select
share
show
sketch
solve
sort
speak
specify
spell
square
state
subtract
suggest
summarize
support
swing
synthesize
tabulate
tell
time
trace
translate
type
use
verbalize
verify
weigh
write
 
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