The Big6 Skills
Grade Level: 7th, Science

Background needed:

The Big6 Skills is a six-step thought process to help students seek or apply information in order to solve a problem or make a decision. It was developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz. The Big6 Skills is the most widely-known and widely-used approach to teaching information and technology skills in the world. The Big6 Skills information problem-solving model is applicable whenever people need to use information.


  1. The student will conduct research on a particular biome using The Big6 Skills.
  2. The student will locate information from a variety of media including print resources, district online databases, and the Internet.
  3. The student will demonstrate the use of the OPAC (Online Public Assess Catalog) and the table of contents and indexes of print resources.
  4. The student will prepare notes using a worksheet.
  5. The student will cite their sources using MLA.
  6. The student will operate a scanner.
  7. The student will produce a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation.


  1. Access to print resources (reference and nonfiction) in the library media center.
  2. Access to OPAC, district online databases, and the Internet in the library media center.
  3. Access to PowerPoint.
  4. Access to a scanner.
  5. Previously set bookmarks on the Internet at the following URL's:

    Aldine ISD - District Subscriptions to Internet Resources

    Bibliography Style Handbook - (MLA Format with examples)

    Biome/Habitat Animal Printouts


The assignment begins with a discussion of a biome. A biome is a complex community of plants and animals in a particular climatic region. Each student in the class is assigned a specific biome. The following list of biomes can be used for this assignment: Artic, Antarctic, Desert, Chaparral, Freshwater Marsh, Grassland, Land Caves, Marine (ocean or sea), Prairie, Savanna, Swamp, Taiga, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Temperate Ponds, Temperate Rain Forest, Tropical Rain Forest, Tundra, and Wetlands.

Students will take notes using a worksheet. A 10-slide PowerPoint presentation will be created from the worksheet. To keep students from plagiarizing, students can only use their worksheet with phases not complete sentences to create their PowerPoint presentations.

The assignment continues with a discussion of The Big6 Skills. An outline of The Big6 Skills can be found on the Outline Page. An example of The Big6 Skills that applies to this biome lesson can be found on the Process Page. Also, students need a review on MLA for citing sources in a bibliography.


Aldine Independent School District

Aldine ISD - District Subscriptions to Internal Resources

Awesome Library - K-12 Education Directory

Bibliography Style Handbook - (MLA Format with examples)

Big6: An Information Problem-Solving Process

Biome/Habitat Animal Printouts


Education World: Lesson Plans: Lessons from the Library

The Educator's Reference Desk: Lesson Plans

Hoffman Middle School

LION Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities for School Librarians

Kathy Schrock's Home Page

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