Bigfoot Hunting: The 5W's

This guide is designed to help the fourth graders at Woodward Elementary learn about good research techniques.

What are the Steps to do Research?

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  1. gather background information
  2. identify keywords
  3. find trustworthy sources
  4. organize and use information
  5. follow ethical standards

Bigfoot Stinks

A hairy Bigfoot cartoon torso

Bigfoot has a strong, unpleasant odor. Just because Bigfoot smells doesn't mean that your sources (books, websites, and videos) on Bigfoot should stink. Always use the 5W's test to review possible sources.

The 5 W's (who, what, why, when, and where)

who, the author or publisher. what, the context. why, the purpose. when, how current. where, the origin.

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