What is it?
PebbleGo is a kid-friendly, searchable database that covers a variety of topics: animals, earth and space, biographies, and social studies. They are divided further into topics and subtopics. Every subtopic presents a five-part report with text, photos, videos, links to similar topics, printable assessment sheets, and a correct citation.
How can I use it?
In general, you can use these databases to teach kids about research, reporting, and citing. Through this, you can present new topics while also introducing new vocabulary. Kids can do research on their own or in small groups, in the classroom or at home. At this agae, students would benefit from more guided searches and specific assignments (e.g., Go find out about the life of Dr. Seuss and report on what you learn) using graphic organizers as you are teaching the research process.
Kids can write, draw, or talk about what they've learned. They can fill out printable worksheets, define key words, or share with their peers. Kids can also share their reflections on their research process ("First I started with animals, then I found that animal communication was really interesting and I clicked there…"). If you're looking for ideas or inspiration, the pre-made lesson plans can help you in the creative lesson-building process.
As with the research process, I always emphasize the importance of sharing what you learn with others. Using one of the graphic organizers PebbleGo shares or creating your own will help students as they decide on what information is important enough to share with their learning community.
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