Grade 6 Information Literacy 2012 - 2013

  • Quarters 1 & 2
    • 6B Mondays: 9:15-9:58
  • Quarters 3 & 4
    • 6O Mondays 9:15 - 9:58
    • 6D Fridays 9:42 - 10:30

Online Activities Page
Things to do if you finish an assignment early...

a Google a Day

Image Searches for Projects:

Welcome to Our Class

How to Take a Screen Shot on the Mac
  1. Click Command + Shift + 4
  2. Use the crosshair (looks like a plus sign) to select what you want to take a picture of on your screen
  3. Click and Drag the selection
  4. Let go
  5. The area you selected is now saved to your desktop
  6. You can rename and use this like any other image

Unit 1 - All About Me

You are going to complete an All About Me project and practice using several online tools. All of the elements of your project will be compiled in a PowerPoint or Keynote slide presentation. Each step will be a slide in your slideshow.

Click here for step-by-step instructions:
All About Me Multimedia Presentation - detailed instructions

When you think you are all done with your presentation:
  • READ through the Rubric, then check it over:
  • Add Transitions and Animations (optional)
  • Check over slides for presentation style
  • Check for spelling and grammar
  • Filename should be: yourname_allaboutme.pptx
  • When finished with presentation Drag the .pptx file to Groups > 2015 > Drop Box
    • Click on the 2014 Folder in your dock
    • Drag your file onto the Drop folder
    • You are DONE!

If you finish this or any project early...

Unit 2 - Digital Citizenship

Over the course of several weeks, students will engage in discussions about online safety, digital etiquette and digital citizenship.

We will be using lessons from Common Sense Media and CyberSmart! Curriculum .

Topic 1: Safety & Security Online

  1. Private & Personal Information
  2. Strong Passwords

Topic 2: Manners, Cyberbullying and Ethics

  1. Cyberbullying: Not a Pretty Picture
  2. Cyberbullying: Who, Me? Why Should I Care?
  3. Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line
  4. Dealing With Cyberbullying

Unit 3 - Digital Storytelling: Book Review Project Using GarageBand and/or VoiceThread

To begin:
  • Review how to set up the headphones
  • Learn to use Garageband '11
  • Learn where to Save
  • Learn how to create New Podcast
  • Learn about Tracks, Split, Track Editor, Loop Browser, New Basic Track

Practice: Practice using Garageband by creating a podcast
  • Listen to the loops and jingles
  • Add some to your podcast
  • practice splitting and re-arranging

Click on Garageband Tutorials on the left for video explanations

Complete Podcast Script for book - hand in to Ms. Belle for feedback

Start recording script in GarageBand

Creating your Podcast:
  1. Open your Garageband Book REview file
  2. Record your voice by reciting the book review script.
  3. Play your voice tracks back to check for accuracy and volume.
  4. Add jingles or other sound effects that may enhance your book review.
  6. When you're done with your podcast, export as an .mp3:
    1. Click Share > Export Podcast to Disk.
    2. Choose .mp3 from the drop-down menu. Click Export.
    3. Save the .mp3 to your Desktop.
    4. Drag the .mp3 to the Group Folder in your dock. (Click 2014 > Drag .mp3 into Drop folder)


We will use Edmodo to listen and give feedback on our Book Review Podcasts.
Enter your username & password - get from Mrs. M.

Podcast Reflection Questions

Content Questions
1) Did the podcaster give you a good idea of what the book was about?
    • What engaged you about the plot?
    • Was the podcast organized in an easy to follow manner?
    • Did the podcaster choose salient points to discuss or did the points seem unimportant to the plot?
    • Was there enough but not too much information?
    • Any suggestions you have on how to improve description of the plot?

2) Did the podcaster give a good desription of the characters? Give an example. Were there any characters about whom you wanted to know more?
3) Does this book remind you of another book you have read? If so, how? Can you recommend a good read to follow up on this book?
4) What questions do you have about this book for the podcast writer?

Technical Questions
1) What was effective about the sound effects/music used in this podcast?
2) What was the best aspect of this podcast in regards to pacing, volume, length, or other technical aspect?

Unit 4 - Research & NoodleTools

NoodleTools is the tool we use to create bibliographies for your research projects.
  • Students learned how to use Noodletools in Grade 5. Username should be first initial + last name

For the Living History Museum project, students learn about library databases and how to use specific databases from the Runkle Library page.
  • Biography in Context
  • InfoTrac

For several country projects in Social Studies, students learn how to use the database Country Reports from the Runkle Library page.

Prior to conducting any research on their own, students complete Evaluating Websites Lesson & Activity
  • In pairs, click on the links listed and read through each site.
  • Choose 4 sites - complete the worksheet together.

Unit 5 - Interactive Multimedia using Glogster and/or Animoto

In class we will elarn how to log in to glogster using accounts from Mrs. M. For this project you will create a Glog based on a theme of your choice. Think of it like a scrapbook collection...

Be sure to include the following elements on your glog:

All elements should be RELATED to your theme!
  • Glog Wall
  • Text
  • Images (with or without frames)
  • Video or Audio

Unit 6 - Scratch

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. Scratch uses a visual system of "Tiles" that contain commands users can connect together to create programs. These programs direct the characters and objects in the game.

Starting Points: Step-by-Step Lessons & Activities
  1. Scratchhomepage
    • Explore projects that other students have created.

  1. Scratch Video Tutorials
    • Use the video tutorials to help you become familiar with the Scratch program and the different commands to create your own project.

  1. Scratch Cards
    • Use these cards to walk through step-by-step different common steps used in Scratch. Scratch cards provide a quick way to learn new Scratch code. The front of the card shows what you can do; the back shows how to do it.
    • Activities Include: Change Color, Move to a Beat, Key Moves, Say Something, Glide, Follow the Mouse, Dance Twist, Interactive Twirl, Animate It, Moving Animation, Surprise Button, Keep Score

    • 3 levels of video lessons to learn how to use Scratch.
    • Getting Started with Scratch - 8 step-by-step lessons to practice the basics of Scratch.
    • Scratch Lessons - 15 step-by-step lessons to learn how to use Scratch and create your own scratch projects.
    • Scratch Video Lessons - 8 video lessons to help you learn how to use Scratch and create your own scratch projects.
  3. Scratch Lessons
    • 8 Step-by-step lessons to learn how to use scratch and create your own scratch projects.

Once you've explored and learned how to use Scratch, try creating your own project or game. You can use examples from these already created projects and games, or create your own.
  1. Scratch Maze Project
  2. Nebo Music Scratch Projects
    • 37 different projects you can replicate to create your own Scratch project.