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Resource Kit Features

resource Turning Questions into Queries

Part One of the five-part series, Five Things Today's Digital Generation Cannot Do, identifies the problems students encounter when trying to use queries and indicates what may be done to help them.

resource Kitchen Conversations

Dan Balzer describes a discussion that took place at his kitchen table and how he used the query checklist to suggest a solution to a friend's problem.

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Resource Kit Curriculum

resource Action Zone User's Guide to Keyword Challenges

Tips on ways to use the Keyword Challenge series for classroom instruction and individual learning.

resource Action Zone User's Guide to Snowsport Challenges

These three interactive challenges span the search process from forming the initial query to finding better keywords in snippets.

resource QuickPick: Questions to Answers

David Barr shows how to build effective queries using the language of answers instead of questions.

resource Query Checklist

Observing these nine points results in more powerful queries.

resource Integrating Queries into a Lesson on Water Rights

This adaptation of a high school social studies lesson illustrates how to incorporate the Query Checklist into instruction.

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Resource Kit Action Zone Games

Lego Lady UK Temperature Challenge

Milk from what breed of cow tends to freeze first as the temperature drops? (10 minutes)

resource 2013 Pump Price Challenge

Find a table that shows the year Americans paid the least for a gallon of gas, using 2013 dollars (timed)

resource The Buffalo Challenge

Use an effective combination of keywords to find the number of buffalo living in North America today. (timed)

resource Piranhas Challenge

Use an effective combination of keywords to name a fish other than piranhas that is a threat to humans in the Amazon. (timed)

resource Earthquake Toy Challenge

Use an effective combination of keywords to find a toy that models construction principles that can reduce damage from earthquakes. (timed)

resource Blue Diamond Challenge

Use an effective combination of keywords to find the name of a famous diamond that glows red when exposed to UV rays. (timed)

resource Lego Builder's Challenge

Use an effective combination of keywords to find the names of the winners in a master builder competition. (timed)

resource Keyword Challenge Index

Choose from eight different Keyword Challenges that strengthen critical abilities in search concepts identification initial keyword selection.

resource Soccer I

Match an expert searcher in identifying the important keywords for this Soccer-themed challenge.

resource Snowsport I

Match an expert searcher in identifying effective search terms in this snow sport challenge.

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assessment resources

resource Optimal Query Assessment

This online assessment analyzes students' effectiveness in creating effective queries.

resource Optimal Query Assessment Users Guide

Use this guide to interpret students' performance searching with queries.

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Resource Kit Web Resources

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