The Big6 Goes Primary! Teaching Information and Communications Technology Skills in the K–3 Curriculum
by Barbara A. Jansen
April 2009, 192pp, 6x9
1 volume, Linworth

Paperback: 978-1-58683-292-6
$50, £39, 44€, A69
Written by a world-renowned Big6 trainer, this thoughtful yet practical guide is for educators who want to use the tried-and-true Big6™ method with young students.

Learn all you need to know in this powerhouse book about teaching and implementing The Big6 in grades K–3!

• Find developmentally appropriate lessons and methods for teaching the Big6 process to young learners in grades K–3
• Use the Cool Tools for implementing the Big6 like graphic organizers, note taking methods, and bookmarks and posters in English and Spanish
• Divided into 3 helpful parts, this resouce includes guiding questions, state and national standards, evaluation guides and advice for using puppets to engage students

Written by a world-renowned Big6 trainer, this thoughtful yet practical guide is for educators who want to use the tried-and-true Big6™ method with young students. It includes both information about Big6 and its effectiveness in teaching information literacy and communications technology skills plus the added bonus of actual tools that are ready to use in the library or classroom. This is a seminal work on using the Big6 with young learners.


"For educators, Jansen . . . a Big6 trainer who also works in instructional technology, details how to teach information and communications technology skills in K-3 classrooms using the Big6 problem-solving method. Each chapter addresses a component of the process and describes its use and modifications by teachers and library media specialists working with early learners. Initial chapters discuss the rationale for using it, the developmental levels of children in kindergarten through third grade, assessing progress, and collaboration. The final section presents the method in the context of content area curricula, literature appreciation, and the components of the school library. Example lesson plans show how to incorporate state standards and combine skills and content from different subjects. The CD contains worksheets, charts, posters, and other documents from the book."—Reference & Research Book News, August 1, 2009

"This book is a valuable resource for librarians and classroom teachers seeking strategies for improvement of research skills in primary classrooms and should be seriously considered for purchase. Recommended."—Library Media Connection, September 1, 2009

"...provides a fine resource for followers of the Big6, offering a new resource including state and national standards, evaluation guides, and lessons for using puppets to teach young students. Any education library including other Big6 titles for working with young learners will find this a key, essential acquisition."—Midwest Book Review, November 1, 2009

"The book includes a helpful CD with files that include handy bookmarks that explain the BIG6 model, planning guides for both students and teachers, rubrics, and other useful forms. If you teach information skills, this may be the model you have been looking for to provide structure and consistency to your curriculum."—Catholic Library World, December 1, 2010
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