Brain Hive in the Classroom: Teaching Research Skills

Learning how to effectively find and make use of information–in both print and digital formats–is an essential part of any student’s education. Authentic research skills and informational literacy both figure prominently in the ISTE standards, the American Library Association’s Standards for 21st Century Learners, and Common Core. Here at Brain Hive, we want to help you as you teach these skills in your libraries and classrooms, so we’ve put together a few examples of the many ways that Brain Hive can play a role in helping to guide your students toward becoming savvy and smart researchers:

  • Teach your students how to use Brain Hive’s search tools to practice effective online researching. Build a lesson that explores the different functions of our Quick, Simple, and Advanced Search tools. Use this lesson to discuss which tool would be the most effective in various research scenarios: if you know the exact title of the book you’re looking for, is the Advanced Search the best tool to use? What about if you know the name of an author you like, but don’t know which book you’d like to read? How about if you want to find books on a certain topic that fit your reading level?

Search Tools

  • Design a unit that introduces your younger students to the way that your library works, making use of some of Brain Hive’s eBooks that explain features and functions of physical libraries. For example, Explore the Library, by Janet Piehl (Lerner), Do You Know Dewey?, by Brian P. Cleary (Millbrook)or Let’s Meet a Librarian, by Gina Bellisario (Millbrook).

Explore the Library Do you know Dewey Let's Meet A Librarian

  • Supplement your classroom instruction on research skills by directing your students’ attention to eBooks in the Brain Hive collection about effective research habits. Our collection contains several book series which cover research skills for a variety of reading levels. A few examples are Choose It! Finding the Right Research Topic, by Kelly Coleman, from the Information Explorer Junior” Series (Cherry Lake); Finding Print and Subscription Sources, by Valerie Bodden, from the “Research for Writing” Series (Creative Education); and Find the Right Site, by Ann Truesdell, from the “Super Smart Information” Series (Cherry Lake).

Choose it Finding Print find the right site

Hopefully these suggestions will help you as you build curriculum that highlights effective research and information literacy. Have you used Brain Hive as a research tool in your classroom or library? Great! We’d love to hear about it! Give us a buzz at, or by phone at 855-554-4483.

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