The information on this web page was created by School District Library Media Specialist, Lynn Johnson, to guide Mountain View School District primary students and their teachers through the Super 3 basic research steps. Links on this page will open in a new window.
Information literacy, according to the
Association of College and Research Libraries
is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze and use
information. All of us need to be able to develop these skills
in order to navigate our world and make informed
decisions. A simple set of steps to follow, developed by
Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz
, in order to solve problems
has been broken down further for K-2 students. This plan is called
the Super 3 and consists of the steps plan, do and review.
These simplified steps come from their original program,
. These steps can be followed to solve a simple
personal problem or complete an academic research assignment.
The beginning stage of any research project or making any decision is to create a plan. Stopping to make a plan allows for time to examine the problem and what will be needed to complete the activity. Brainstorming all the possibilities, envisioning the end product, and considering all the things needed to get to the end product are important parts of planning.
The middle step, do, is the active step. It involves gathering the supplies or information needed, evaluating those supplies or information to select the most useful, and creating or doing what needs to be done.
Looking back or reflecting on the task gives time to correct, modify and improve the end product. Have all the requirements been met? It also allows a learner to think about their thinking and evaluate themselves and the process.
Other Super 3 and Big6 Resources
There are several publications available that offer more information about using the Big6 and Super 3 in the classroom.
For more information check out The Super 3: Information skills for young learners
or The Definitive Big6 Workshop Handbook
from Linworth Books. These resources may also be available in your school library.