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Tenth graders investigate how to conduct research without writing a research paper. In this research lesson, 10th graders work in groups to research one topic. Students break down their topic into smaller subjects and each member chooses a creative way to present their findings through an oral presentation or visual aids.
"Conducting Research" is a short presentation that walks secondary students through steps for researching. Plagiarism, style, citing, and creating bibliographies are overviewed. While this is a short slide show, it would be useful to add your own slides to create a more robust presentation. Note: There are few references to book pages that are not referenced that could be pulled out.
Fifth graders complete a research paper with the conventions of either the MLA or APA formats. They survey a subject, select a topic, conduct research, develop a plan and write a research paper. In addition, a variety of resources are used to obtain the needed information to write the research paper.
How do we know when a source is reliable and trustworthy? Conduct Internet research with your middle schoolers to determine what makes a reliable source. As Internet users search the web for their assigned material, they stop to assess whether the resource is worth reading. Consider giving each learner a checklist of things they should look for when they come across a new source.
Using discoveries and inventions as the focus, learners complete a research project. First, they come up with research questions. Then, they conduct research on the topic. Finally, they write a research paper.
Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based lesson. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about different environmental professions before contacting and interviewing local naturalists. If face-to-face interviews can not be arranged, have children write letters to professionals from around the state, the country, or even the world. This would be a great lesson to conclude an elementary earth or life science unit, exposing children to ways people are working to preserve the environment.
Fifth graders research a topic of their choice using the Internet and databases that are found in the media center. They evaluate the resources and follow a process to create a research paper.
“Hanging chads.” While these two words may be infamous to most of us, few middle schoolers understand their importance to the presidential election of 2000. As an exercise in drawing inferences, class members examine a Mini Page article about the changes made in political policies and election laws prior to the 2004 election. They make inferences and then check the validity of their assumptions by conducting research. Directions for the activity, links to required resources, assessments, and modifications are included in the detailed packet.
Explore the animal kingdom from the safety your classroom. Intended to build on previous learning about ecosystems, this lesson involves young scholars working in pairs to research their favorite animal and present their findings to the class. Though this resource includes only a very general procedural outline, it does provide key steps and considerations needed to support learners' success. This project is very reliant on technology, so be sure you have access to computers, Internet, word processing and presentation software, and a projector. If unfamiliar with any of this technology, be sure to provide your class with the necessary supplemental lessons. A great idea for a collaborative project that can be applied to a variety of different subjects.
Students research plants. For this researching lesson, students watch a video about the different ways to research a topic before writing about it. Students use the information gathered in this video to learn more about plants. Students also conduct observational research about plants.
Sixth graders explore ancient Greece. In this ancient civilizations lesson, 6th graders research how ancient Greece influenced modern societies. Students prepare PowerPoint presentations to share their findings with their classmates.
A great resource for your unit on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Small groups conduct research about related topics (list included), write papers, present PowerPoint slide shows, and take a student-created test. Fill in a few gaps to support writing and presentation skills if you have grade-level writers. Project will take several weeks with library research, computer lab time to write and create slide shows, and to give presenters class time to practice.
Students research works by a contemporary author of their choice, choosing one in particular upon which to focus, conducting research relating to that work. They create a brochure utilizing Microsoft Publisher then share their brochure in class presentation.
Fifth graders use the Internet for research, list their sources, gather information and take organized notes. In this conducting research lesson, 5th graders evaluate web sources, set up writing journals, write rough draft of given topic. Students review plagiarism guidelines.
Are the studies of art and archeology connected? You bet they are! Young scholars research the ancient temples of Mexico by visiting an archaeology site. They describe the various temples they see, taking note of shapes, stairs, details, and ornamentation. They analyze an artifact called Serpent Heads and use it as inspiration for a collaborative project. They make and decorate temples, just like the temples in Mexico!
Explore technology by participating in a data collection activity. Your class identifies significant sources to research school topics, such as search engines and digital reference sites. They utilize a printed outline to form information into usable, organized facts.
Students view and discuss a video segment to discover the importance of researching a topic before writing about it. They use the topic of plants to research information by looking through picture books and observing potted plants in the classroom.
Students examine characterization of African Americans in literature, popular culture, and opera. In this stereotypes lessons, students conduct research that requires them to analyze the origins and content of stereotypes perpetuated through media messages and how they translate into popular culture. Students take surveys and gather information to form their impressions.
Have learners assess current farming techniques in their area with this valuable resource. They consider the impact of their local ecosystem, and research how Native American tribes used the land in the past. They go on Internet "expeditions," then use their findings to compose an expository research paper. This is a well done cross-curricular lesson plan that can be adapted to fit any state.
Students refine their fieldwork skill by conducting interviews. From the position of an outsider, they conduct research and interviews. Student interviews are maintained as a part of a portfolio. Interview kits and assessment materials are included.