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Anyone have any really fun ways of teaching kids to cite their sources? I really have not covered this topic like I should have and am trying to find the best way to teach it. My kids are very chatty and will get bored easy and go even more crazy if it is really boring. I was trying to search online (and even if this forum from past posts) but just wasn't finding much. I'm looking at 3rd-5th (maybe 2nd).
Just brainstorming for ideas here because I don't think this is a fun topic at all, although it is very important.
What if you passed out random questions to your students and had them research to find the answers and properly cite them. Then hand out their citations and see if another child can figure out what question they answered.
Awesome links...thanks for sharing!!
I think this Copy Cat story helps to convey the message. I think you first need to let students know not citing sources is wrong and then show them how to do it.
I plan on using the Copy Cat story when I work with grades 2-5 this spring. Doing a research project on famous people from our state, then creating a "resume" of that person. Ties in typing, writing, research, and guidance/job skills. I will also have students use some sort of citation maker that will keep things easier for them. I have used the brain pop videos with fifth grade and they sort of got it, but not as well as I would have liked. I hope this will reinforce it.
Brainpop has some great videos, but they aren't the free ones . . . I am looking for the same thing now. How did you decide to teach the concept?
Google has a cool tool at images.google.com where you can drop an image into the search bar and see where it's been used. I show students how easy it is for artists to find who has used their material without permission. Then, I cite a few personal experiences (friends who were sued--not me) and it drives the point home.
I planned 15 minutes to discuss using images from Google images, explained the law and repercussions. Students kept bubbling up with questions. It took the entire 45 minutes. A great lesson!
My 7th and 8th graders have never learned to cite sources! Our previous computer teacher did basically the same projects every year and never had the kids research. Since most of my students don't have consistent access to computers at home their teachers do very little research based work. I want to change this but I don't have an idea of where to start. I am still explaining how to google effectivley!