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Assessing Research Materials
Teaching learners how to evaluate a research source is an important part of the research process. The fresh idea here is that groups first develop a list of reasons why resources should be evaluated, transform these reasons into criteria, use the criteria to develop a rubric, and then test their rubric against two resources (one reliable, one not).
9th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Research Writing: An Introduction for 4th Grade
Writing a research paper has never been so easy! From choosing a topic to publishing the final draft, this presentation covers all the steps in between. Show this to your class in a single lesson, or cover it a few slides at a time as you walk the them through the research process.
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Cesar Chavez and the Mexican-American Field Worker Experience
After researching and learning about the work of Cesar Chavez, your young historians will design a booklet on the conditions and needs of today's field workers and the Mexican-American field worker experience.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Sochi 2014 Sports
Familiarize your class with the wide variety of events in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. After brainstorming different sports represented in the Winter Olympics, break the class into small groups and assign them specific events to research.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Making inferences about the 2000 presidential election
“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.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Literature biography project
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Credibility of Sources
Examine the research process and how to determine the credibility of sources. The class watches biographical and historical films before researching facts about the time period, events, and persona that are depicted in the films. This project culminates in a written and oral presentation.
11th English Language Arts
"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.
7th - 9th English Language Arts
Beginning Biography Research
Have your class read texts on a specific famous person using a Student Encyclopedia. They will learn to use basic research skills to answer questions about their famous person, take notes, and learn how to cite sources to complete a simple bibliography.
2nd - 3rd English Language Arts
Young researchers can become paralyzed by the amount of information they find and its lack of organization. Help them outline using Inspiration, which is available on a free 30-day trial basis (link included). The lesson outlines the mind mapping tool functions, complete with visuals and strategies.
5th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
4th Grade Animal Report
Congratulations, your students have just been hired as zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo! Their first job is to help set up new exhibits by researching and giving a presentation about different animals. Provide each young researcher with this project outline that includes all the specific requirements and a step-by-step description of the research process.
3rd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Discovering Japan Through Cooperative Research
Search a variety of sources to create a multimedia or book project about Japan. Learners use the independent investigation method to plan and conduct research about Japan. They use the information they discover to create a computer book or a multimedia project for an oral presentation.
4th - 6th 21st Century Skills CCSS: Adaptable
People and Whales: A History
Whales and people have had a long and sordid history. To understand the impact that biological populations have had on each other, learners conduct research on specific topics related to the whale industry. They use their findings to create Glogs, which are interactive posters that include text, animation, and illustration.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Veterans and Their Families
As far back as your scholars can remember, their country has been at war. Be sure they understand the various implications of this global conflict by presenting personal stories of veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the front lines.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Using Waste Heat to Generate Electricity
High school energy enthusiasts will be able to explain how thermal energy that is a byproduct of industry can be used as an alternative way to generate electricity. After some discussion, brainstorming, listening to podcasts, and research, they will zoom in on a specific example of an industry using this method of electricity generation.
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Solar Energy and Diversifying Energy Resources
As pupils progress through this lesson, it will dawn on them that the sun is an amazing source of renewable energy. They examine a case study of a place where it wasn't welcomed, and then conduct research to decide their own positions on the use of solar energy for generating electricity.
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
Roman Holiday in Google Earth
Young scholars plan an itinerary for an educational trip to Rome. In this research skills lesson plan, students use Google Earth to conduct research for their project in their travel teams. Young scholars also set up blogs to share their progress through the project.
6th - 7th Social Studies & History
Tour of the Solar System
Learners engage in science, math, and language activities as they do research on the components of the solar system. The class begins with some anticipatory activities and discussions before it is divided into small groups to conduct research on one specific space object such as a planet, the moon or comets.
6th English Language Arts
Two Truths and a Lie: Internet Research Skills
It's tough for high schoolers to assess what is a credible resource and what is not. Here, class members research a particular topic and record two facts and create one lie while documenting the sources. They then exchange these lists of truths and lies and attempt to determine, through research, what is factual and what isn't.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Alternative Energy Sources
After reading the True Story of the Three Little Pigs, sixth graders consider the use of sustainable and alternative energy sources. They participate is a panel discussion on the topic, conduct research and present their findings orally. This lesson is driven by research and discussion which make it collaborative and engaging.
6th English Language Arts