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Glen Hills Elementary School Library: Grade 4

What Information Do I Need?

Be sure to Include ALL of the following information on your graphic organizer.


What part of the country?

What state and what part of the state?

What is the size of the park?


What is the average temperature?

What is the average precipitation?

What kind of precipitation?


Landforms/Bodies of Water/Animal and Plant Life

Describe the different landforms.

Describe the different bodies of water.

What animals and plant life would you expect to see?


 Recreational Activities

What activities would a visitor enjoy?

Criteria and Worksheets

Have you misplaced your papers?  Print out a new form here.

REMEMBER:  When taking notes, it is important to put the information in your own words.  Use a bulleted list and write in short phrases.  

As soon as you record a fact, give credit to that source.  

World Book Student

Click in the search box and type the NAME of your national park.  

Be careful with spelling!  

Then click on the SEARCH button to read the article.


Use the following safe websites to gather information for your project.  Be sure to give credit to each source.

Credits: The descriptons on this page are provided by Follett/Destiny.

Common Core Standards Addressed

Common Core State Standards
CC.2.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
CC.3.SL.1.d Comprehension and Collaboration: Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
CC.3.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
CC.2.W.2 Text Types and Purposes: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CC.2.W.6 Production and Distribution of Writing: With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Final Thoughts

Cross Curriculum Proficiencies

Evaluating Internet-Based Information: Library databases vs. search engines

Library Databases

(EBSCO host: Middle Search Plus and World Book)

Internet Search Engines


Types of Information Retreived  Types of Information Retreived
  • Scholarly journal articles
  • Popular magazine articles
  • Newspaper articles
  • Reference book articles (encyclopedias)
  • Books
  • No sponsers or ad
  • Popular web sites (Wikipedia)
  • Comercial websites (Amazon)
  • Educational web sites (University of Rhode Island)
  • Goverment web sites (Library of Congress)
  • Statistics
  • Organizational web sites (
  • Current news and information (CNN)
  • Email, chat (Gmail)
  • Many sponsers and ads



Creditability Creditability

Written by experts in a professional field

All material in database is evaluated for accuracy and credibility by subject experts and publishers

Reviewed and update reguarly

Not monitored by professionals

Not evaluated 

Not updated regularly




This Library Database vs. Search Engine Lib Guide was created by: Bethel College Library

National Park Resources

Here are some national parks books that can be found in the Orchard Farms Library.

 Be sure to search the Orchard Farms Catalog for other books.

Don't forget to use the print encylopedias located in the reference section of the library.

Library Standards Addressed

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.1.1.4Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.1.1.5Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital)in order to make inferences and gather meaning1.1.8 Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural contex1.3.1 Respect copyright/ intellectual property rights of creators and producers.2.1.2Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
2.2.1Demonstrate flexibility in the use of resources by adapting information strategies to each specific resource and by seeking additional resources when clear conclusions cannot be drawn.
2.4.1Determine how to act on information (accept, reject, modify).
2.4.2Reflect on systematic process, and assess for completeness of investigation.
2.4.3Recognize new knowledge and understanding.
2.4.4Develop directions for future investigations.
3.1.1Conclude an inquiry- based research process by sharing new understandings and reflecting on the learning
3.1.3 Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.
3.1.4Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.
ISTE Technology Standards
2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity