I wanted to learn more about cooking. We made a web on our topic and tried to narrow down our topic to something smaller. Eventually my train of thoughts lead to the idea of pancakes. When we got our narrowed down topic we were supposed to make a web. I mainly thought about cooking shows, famous restaurants and what you need for pancakes. But then I started thinking about the evolution of pancakes. How were they invented for? What were they made out of? I also wondered if pancakes were patented. Lots of people eat it for breakfast, but do lots of people eat them for lunch, a snack and dinner? I had so many questions and I couldn’t wait to do some research.
Next we had to develop questions. I had a ton of questions but they weren’t sophisticated enough. I had a lot of red light questions. A red light question is when you will only get a one word or small phrase as a answer. A green light question is when you can get a lot of information about your question. In other words, it is an open ended question. A really good word to start a green light question is, how. Anyways, I ended up having to redo some of my questions. Then we made search terms. We had turn our question into a phrase. Now, it was time to research!
First, for research we had to find links/sources for our research. They had to be reliable sources that has true information. We used our search terms for this. Personally, this was the hardest part because there isn’t much information about pancakes. After a lot of looking up search terms I finally found some good reliable sites. Next, we went on those sites and research about our topic. We had to take notes based on non fiction text structure. I found a lot of information It was actually very surprising and cool because this information is nothing close to what I thought a pancake was and where it came from.
So far, I think this is a great experience for me to learn new things and learn how to be a good researcher.