Project Blaster

5. How do I select the right information?

...So I've gathered lots of information

...but how do I make sense of it for my project?

Selecting my information
Checking my information
Gathering more information

Putting it all together (Assembling)

My project

Choosing the best information
for your project

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By now you will have a great variety of information. This stage will help you focus on the bits you need in order to create your project.

Use the class discussion to decide what information to leave out, and whether you need to gather any more.

The interactive lesson will help you decide which facts to trust.


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    Class Discussion - Leave in, or take out?

    By now your class will have a great variety of information. What you need to do now is focus on the bits of information you need to create something of your own.

    Whether you are working individually or in groups, you need to discuss how best to use the information you have. You also need to to decide what to leave out, and whether you need to get your hands on any more information.

    If your class project is about animals, for example, and you want to focus on squrrels then you will want to leave out information about other animals unless they are important to the lives of squirrels. A discussion with the rest of your group could help you work out what is important, and what you can leave out.

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    Class Discussion - Have I got the facts straight?

    You might also need to add to the information you have about squirrels if it is not enough, or if you want to check your facts. Same goes whatever topic you are studying, whether it is circuses or the life of a great mathematician.

    A good detective, scientist or historian always tries to check their facts. A musician or artist always checks to make sure they have the correct notation or materials. And a pupil who is going to write an amazing story or diagram about squirrels as part of a class project about local animals will want to make sure they have their squirrel facts straight.

    So if I have come across a website that claims a squirrel’s favourite food is pizza, how do I know that is correct? Can I trust this information?

    Have a class discussion and take guidance from your teacher. Perhaps you need to find another website or book that will confirm what squirrels really like to eat. Hint: it’s not pizza!

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    How do we know which facts to trust?