About Your Project
This is the culminating project for our oceanography unit. You have spent a lot of time learning about the ocean and its inhabitants and now is the time to put everything together. If you went on the Project Exploration field trip, you will choose that as your project. If you did not go, you will be completing the Oceanography Animal Research Project. Both papers need to have a paragraph explaining how you will use your newly gained knowledge to help the environment. All work needs to be typed or handwritten. Remember you are able to use the computers at lunch or recess or schedule a time before school to complete your work. All art work must be original. E-mailed papers must be printed out before the deadline so plan accordingly. Remember deadlines are always closer than they appear. The sample papers we shared in class are available for you to review. I am looking forward to reading your papers.
Search Tips and Tools
Did you ever search on the Internet or a database and get millions of results? Or how about the search that says, "No results found"? It's very frustrating and can be quite discouraging. A few simple search tips can help you narrow your results to give you a more manageable amount or, broadening your search can help you get more results.
- Start with a general search for terms you already know...fish, Indian Ocean, whales.
- If that gives you too many results, you can use the "advanced search" feature and limit the original results by selecting different "limiters" that are offered.
- Or, you can enter whole new search terms using new words you gathered from your search...blowfish, fish in the Indian Ocean, Baleen whales.
- If you didn't get enough results, make you search more general. For example, don't search for "small food fish of the Indian Ocean", search for fish in the Indian Ocean.
- Other suggestions: Use a thesaurus to find other terms you could use for your search
- Use Boolean search terms to narrow your search.
- Always remember that you can ask for help. It's why we're here!
Every search engine has its own rules for refining a search. Use the help buttons within the search engine to get help tips specific to that engine.
See the file attached below for more tips.
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You must also include a bibliography or citation page with your report. Information on properly citing sources will be available in class or you may click on the links below. You may also look at the citation links on the websites where you are getting the information for your report on the internet. Remember that the internet is not your only resource. You are required to use at least one book, and one website for your report.
Keep in mind that your report will be evaluated on the following traits:
- Presentation (it should include pictures and/or diagrams)
- Word Choice
This is a report of a scientific nature, and there should be scientific terminology in it. Your reader may not be familiar with some of the terms, so you will need to explain them in some way. Consult your copy of the 6 Traits rubric to evaluate your report before submitting it. (Click below to see a copy of the rubric.) Your report must be typed. The body of your report should be in either Arial or New Times Roman 12 pt. font with 1 1/2 line spacing. Titles may vary. Check with me for approval. You may arrange a writing conference with me at any time to go over your material before submitting a final copy.