• Research PlanHey Funny Face

    In the Library:
    • Use Destiny to find a book on your animal.
    • Look up your animal in a Field Guide.
    • Use an encyclopedia to find an article on your animal.

    On the Internet:
    • Search  Grolier to find an article on your animal.  You can choose to use the “Amazing Animals” database or search all of the Grolier databases.  Don't forget to check out the weblinks that might be in your article.
    • Go to National Geographic Animals website and use the Quick Find box on the right hand side to search for your animal. You can also browse by letter or type.
    • Look up you animal on Animal Planet's Wild Animals A-Z.
    • Use Webpath Express to find a website about your animal.
    • Meet the animals at the National Zoo in Washinton, D.C. Click on "Animal Index" on the navigation bar on the left and then choose your animal's category. If you're lucky the zoo will have a webcam featuring your animal and you can check him out in action!
    • Browse the Animal Bytes section of the San Diego Zoo.  Choose a category on the right hand navigation bar.
    • Browse Yahoo Kids' Animals section.
    Research Strategies:
    • Follow the research process:
      • Find your information- Find something to read
      • Read your information with your pencil down- Read all of the information top to bottom, left to right, whole paragraphs.  Do not skim!
      • Check for understanding- If you don't understand what you read then re-read, ask for help, or find a different source
      • Write down the things you want to remember
    • Use your animal's name to do keyword searches in Destiny or your Search Engine. Do not type in a whole question. 
    • Use many sources of information.
    • Search for your animal's name in the index of a book.
    • Search for the scientific name of your animal.  For example, the barn owl's scientific name is "tyto alba."
    • If you are having trouble finding a source make your search term more general, use synonyms and try alternate spellings. Examples:
      • If you can't find a book about a "flying squirrel", find a book about "squirrels",  All squirrels are going to have certain things in common.  Read about those traits and then look in the index and see if you can find more information about what makes a flying squirrel different.
      • If your animal is a "white tailed deer" you can also try "Virginia deer."
      • If you are looking for "grey fox" also look up "gray fox."
    Image: Hey Funny face by ucumari. From flickr.com. 2012.
Last Modified on March 19, 2012