Hoot Lesson Plan
Students gather research on one of the subjects from the book, burrowing owls.
- Grades: 6–8
About this book
Reference skills are much more meaningful to the student if they are taught along with something going on in the classroom. The students feel there is a purpose for learning the skill. Hoot is read with the classroom or reading teacher. Students work together to accomplish a common goal of gathering information.
Students use a variety of reference materials to gather information for research.
- Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
- Research Worksheet (PDF)
Set Up and Prepare
I find using a computer with a projector is clearer than direct hook up to a TV. It is helpful to demonstrate exactly how the search can be narrowed and where the students should look for the information they need to gather on the worksheet. Be sure to Google this ahead of time to make sure the websites haven't changed.
While the classroom/reading teacher is reading the book with the students, they will come to the media center to complete research gathering information on burrowing owls in Florida. This lesson will aid students in using a Google search to find information. Google finds so much information the students need to have help in narrowing it down.
After a presentation by the media specialist on doing a Google search and how to narrow your choices, the students will be divided into pairs to complete the research worksheet.