Science – Using Databases

Science – Using Databases

Yesterday in class I presented World Book Science Power, a database paid by our school board.

I’ve asked everyone to visit Webcat last night so I hope your child was able to do this. If this hasn’t been done yet, here’s what you will need to do:

1) Visit Webcat.

2) Select the Databases tab.

3) Click on World Book Science Power.

To access this database, your child will need to log in. All log in info has been shared with the students in class. They should have written it down in their agenda. The same log in info will also work for all of the databases available on Webcat.

One of the biggest challenges for students when searching for information is to find appropriate keywords. When they can’t immediately find what they are looking for, many of them abandon the search or say there is no information available. As a way to support your child at home, you could practice searching for information using the internet. Since the World Wide Web is immense, it is important that they start online researching by using some of the databases available on Webcat.

Learning to search for information (online or in books, using text features) is an important life skill to master. And the more they practice this, the better they will be at it.

Have a great day!

Annie

P.S. World Book Science Power can only be viewed from a computer. It doesn’t work from an iPad.

 

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