The Information Process
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    Organizing Information Stage (by the end of Grade 3)

    This stage of the information process requires students to organize the information they have gathered to answer the questions generated during the planning stage. Since cognitive organizers, matrices or webs are often provided for note-making in the primary grades, the (notes) are organized under questions or headings as students record their information. These strategies are also included in learning centre/stations task cards or booklets and teachers should also model their use with students.

    Teachers may demonstrate strategies to organize notes too, such as using number or colour coding facts into responses to their questions or by categories. For example, all notes having to do with what an animal eats (food) could be marked #1 or circled using a coloured marker; all the notes having to do with where the animal lives (habitat) could be marked #2 or circled with a different colour.

    Students also need practice in group situations in reflecting on where specific pieces of information "fit." (e.g., Where does this fact belong? Which question does it answer?)

    At this stage of the process, conferencing will provide support as individual students begin to wonder if they have enough information. An important question for teachers to ask at this stage is, Can you answer all of the questions developed at the planning stage? If not, what can you do? For example, for the guiding question, How does the animal protect itself? a student may only have recorded the single word, teeth. In this instance, the teacher will need to encourage the student to return to the source (or find another source) to expand their notes and their understanding of the information before it is used, interpreted, and shared with other students.

    To view samples of learning strategies/cognitive organizers for students, click on Learning Strategies. You may wish to download/print these strategies, and adapt them for your students!

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