Each fall our fifth graders go through the research process and write a research paper. They are charged with avoiding plagiarism and citing their sources. In past years the students have collected the information needed in a citation and then created a handwritten bibliography page.
But let’s be realistic. Knowing the parts of a citation and the reasons for including the information are far less important in the digital age than knowing where the periods, semi colons, and underlining belong. NoodleTools, Easy Bib, and Citation Maker in the upper grades and college have taken over. This year, instead of spending time getting classes of 10 year-olds to correctly space and punctuate their bibliography, I get to spend my time in other areas of the research process.
For source citation, I used some resources at Citation Maker and modified them to fit my space requirements. Students fill out one citation slip for each resource. In their research packets we provided them with two pages for the slips to be taped or glued.
I’m including my copies of the forms I’m using with students. On each I starred the information I consider required. If students go above and beyond and can fill out the entire slip then kudos to them! There are five forms for the sources listed above. The final page is one for student names and can be copied on the reverse side. I’d love to get video slips added, but haven’t quite made it…. when I do, I have room to add them in purple to the chart.
I’d like to keep these stocked in the library and invite teachers in 4th and 5th grade to use them for most research assignments. Students can staple the slips to their work or glue them on a source page.
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