This is a great ice-breaker / pre-test activity when introducing research.
Time: 20 minutes
On the 4 whiteboards are questions. Each row is a group. Assign a group to a whiteboard. The possible questions:
- What is a database? What is IN a database? Give an example of one in real life.
- Describe the differences between a database and a search engine? Give an example of each.
- You need to find 5 sources for your library research assignment. What is an example of a source?
- How can you tell if a website is trustworthy?
- What are some ways you choose a source for your paper/speech?
- What kinds of things might you find in a library catalog?
- For the library research assignment, you are required to have a topic. Write down your topic using one or two words or phrases.
Each row/group gets a different colored marker. They start at the board and have 2 minutes to brainstorm their question and write responses. After two minutes, they move to the next board (bringing their markers). They can write additional responses to the prompt, or agree with the previous group(s) by adding a checkmark, OR disagree by adding a question mark next to a statement. The colors show which groups question other groups in order to generate discussion.
Groups arrive back at their original station. They have a minute or two to summarize what’s on the board and present to the rest of class. Discussion ensues with “challenging” statements between groups. Librarian facilitates.