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Young scholars brainstorm topics and categories that might be covered by the International Polar Year. After reading an article, they consider the subjects that are going to be studied there. Using the internet, they research a particular project and create an oral presentation to share their information with the class.
Young scholars investigate the many ecological and economic issues related to over fishing the world's marine resources. Working in committees, students research the related topics of equipment and fishing techniques.
Middle schoolers read about the history of Labor Day in a newspaper article. They discuss difficulties American employees of the past had to face, learn about labor rallies, and conduct Internet research. Part of the intention of this lesson plan is to demonstrate how to cite websites in a bibliography. Because of the timing of this holiday and the importance of citing websites, this would be an outstanding lesson plan to complete upon returning to school at the beginning of the year.
Learners explore how language shapes debate by researching the names and tags both advocates and opponents use when discussing a topical issue. For homework, they create name collages and write prose poems.
Students research and report on aspects of kites including: history, types, building and flying kites. They use Inspiration Software as a graphic organizer. They use gathered research to complete informational booklets.
Students discuss the effect of global warming on bodies of water after reading "An Icy Riddle as Big as Greenland" from The New York Times. Students work in groups to research topics related to global warming and Greenland's ecology more in depth.
Introduce the topic of sustainable development. Using Africa as an example, high schoolers will read about these types of projects and how they are protecting their wildlife in reserves. They analyze the role of globalization in these types of projects and debate the usefulness in wildlife reserves.
Young scholars create a research questions about animal underpasses and how animals use them. For this animals lesson plan, students use their collected data to answer their question.
Young scholars practice expanding their vocabulary by utilizing a visual thesaurus.  In this web search lesson, students examine search engine inquiries by utilizing different keywords to get different results.  Young scholars work with a personal computer, internet access and Google.
Students rearrange three groups of sentences within three paragraphs in numerical order. In this topic sentences worksheet, students write a topic sentence for three already formed paragraphs and write three original topic sentences for five prompts. An unusually good worksheet!
Ninth graders discover the world of Shakespeare. In this Elizabethan England lesson, 9th graders research authoritative Web sites and develop thesis statements that they support in MLA documented essays. Students also evaluate their own writing and create PowerPoint presentations to accompany their essays. 
Students create multi-paragraph report using the researched information. Over several class periods, students research a topic of their choosing and create a one-two page report. Student reports are presented to the class using an original visual aid, traditional or technological, created to enhance the report findings.
Students draw a Thanksgiving dinner based on the foods that they see on the Thanksgiving website. In this Thanksgiving lesson plan, students research the internet and pretend they are Pilgrims and Indians.
Pupils explore Millennium Development Goals. In this community issues lesson, students identify and define community issues. Pupils use their problem solving skills to brainstorm strategies to combat the problems that plague communities.
Have your young reporters research contributions of the ancient Egyptians, draft scripts, and broadcast their stories live on the Nile Network News. Depending on class size and age, topics may be brainstormed or assigned. The detailed lesson plan includes possible topics and extension activities and could be adapted to any culture.
Sixth graders tell short stories about when they had lied and also choose topics to research. In this research lesson plan, 6th graders explore how to provide a bibliography with their research by filling out a worksheet.
Students create an expository essay. In this writing lesson Students are assigned a country and must conduct research surrounding a historic event that occurred in that country at the time of their birth.
Students research environmental issues. In this environmental lesson plan, students use the Internet to research an environmental problem and list ten facts about it. Students write a summary of facts.
Students research and report on the life and times of Henry David Thoreau. In this Thoreau research activity, students visit the given website and freewrite about Thoreau's life and home. Students work in groups to research and report on Thoreau's life and times. Students write a paragraph about their research.
Eighth graders investigate domestic hunger. In this Current Events lesson, 8th graders read and discuss "The Fighting Mynahs". Students conduct online research for a specific topic.