There are many places where you can find the information you need for your project. This stage will help you get started and show you where to start looking.
The interactive lesson will help you plan your fact-finding mission.
To look for information properly you need to think like a detective. You need to look in the right places and have some idea of what it is you are looking for. It is a good idea to share your ideas as a class, and come up with a plan.
Draw a diagram on a large piece of paper. The diagram starts with a small circle, which is surrounded by larger and larger circles.
The smallest circle should be titled ‘Me and my classroom’. In this circle you will write down the things you think you could find in your classroom. If your project is about furniture then the tables and chairs in your classroom are worth examining. Alternatively, there might be a book about wildlife in the class library.
The next circle is ‘My home, family and friends’. Here you will write down what you might discover from people and places you know well.
The next one is ‘My community - people and places’. What sort of things might you find in your local area? This could be anything that’s relevant to your project. It could be a factory, a nature reserve or a war veteran for example.
And finally ‘Library and internet’. Library books and websites are likely to contain useful information no matter what subject you choose. If you know of some already, note them down.
Watch the video for more tips, then fill in your diagram with your own ideas. Discuss your ideas with the rest of the class, and see if you can make a master plan with circles containing input from everyone.
Fill in the text-boxes with all your fact finding plans. If you get stuck click on the 'question mark' link.