1.)Divide the class into groups. (2-3 students in each group.)
2.)Give each group an almanac, a piece of paper, and a pencil.
3.)As a review, ask, "When would you use an almanac? When would you use an encyclopedia?" Be sure the students know the key words to use as criteria for deciding to use the almanac. They are: current, fact, and list.
4.)Discuss the parts of an almanac and in what situations you would use the highlights, the general index, and the quick thumb index.
5.)Write a question on the board and go through the process of finding the answer as a group. Be sure the page number where the information was found is included as part of the answer.
6.)Have the remaining questions written on chart paper and read them to the students. Have each group answer the questions on a piece of paper. They should be prepared to give the answer to the question, the page on which the answer was found, and the key words used to find the answer. Be sure the students know the amount of time they have to work.
7.)Give each group the opportunity to share its answer to at least one question.
8.)Summarize the lesson.