The grade 5 students recently finished a Who We Are unit on transitions. They considered physical, emotional and academic transitions. For their final assessment, they needed to curate several sources on those transitions on to a Blendspace webpage. The sources could be in print or online.
One of the requirements of the assignment was that they evaluate the sources. In grade 5, we use the acronym CARDDS to remind us that a good source is:
Credible – we can trust it because it is written by experts on the subject
Accurate – the information presented is correct and can be verified
Relevance – the source is related to the topic at hand
Date – the source is current and/or is updated frequently
Design – the layout is easy to navigate
Purpose/Scope – the intent of the source is clear, e.g., it is clearly for entertainment, education, commerce, etc. There is no bias.
Once the assignment was over, I challenged the grade 5 students to justify one of their source selections in writing by posting to a Padlet. From the websites they evaluated, I’m going to select several to include on the library OPAC for next year’s grade 5s to have when its their turn to inquire into transitions.
Click on the images below to visit the full-size interactive Padlets.
Some of the websites posted are already on the library OPAC. It’s good to see that they find the OPAC’s Visual tab useful.
Although not all of the students were able to articulate why they chose the particular source they posted to the pad let, many of them did. We hope that the grade 5 students will continue to use their evaluation skills in grade 6 and beyond.