Listen, Look and Learn: An Information-Gathering Process

 Learning to extract information from varied sources is essential to the learning process. This lesson models an information-gathering process for primary learners as they listen to and look at resources, seeking information pertinent to the questions on an information wheel. Students begin by reading and discussing Helen Lester’s storyScore One for the Sloths. Next, students are introduced to an information wheel—a circle divided into 3 large pieces, each labeled with a different question about the sloth. Questions include: where does it live? what does it look like? and what does it do ? Then various resources are shared with students as they decide where on the wheel each fact or statement about the sloth should be recorded. Guiding the listening, looking, and learning process helps students gain confidence and develop strategies for gathering information independently.