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Discuss how asking questions is a vital part of not only the research process, but the lifelong process of information literacy. Middle schoolers work in small groups and practice the skill of asking questions. Afterward, they complete an assigned worksheet.
Students are able to record their research observations and reflections by keeping a research journal. They are able to explore a specific region of the world affected by arsenic contamination by using various research skills and tools. Students are able to evaluate the usefulness of research tools in writing.
Students review research skills and determine an aspect of war to research. They research an aspect of a war experience and bring history to life through iMovie.
Students describe the steps in the research process and identify the three requirements for a true experiment. They define independent and dependent variables. They discuss the Agriscience Student of the Year award and list the five categories of participation in the FFA Agriscience Fair.
Students conduct research about an assigned weather topic and create an interactive project/presentation that can be used to teach classmates about a weather topic. They work with a partner or group to teach classmates about the selected weather topic
Students explore Egyptian mummification and burial practices. They conduct research on gods, goddesses, afterlife, and mummification. Students dissect and mummify a frog "pharaoh and create a tomb wall for their frog "pharaoh."
Young scholars 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.
Students read the article 'Fading Indian Rock Art Saved, at least in Database' and discuss its contents. After viewing examples of works from a variety of periods and places, students choose a time and place on which to conduct research.
Sixth graders identify and understand the impact of the environment on human experiences. They conduct research using the Internet and other available resources and use research to summarize their findings about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Young scholars explore the meaning of objects. Students conduct research on the history of shoes, and write an imaginary story about a pair of shoes. They host a group presentation to share their stories.
Explore the history of the American novel in the contexts of literature and US history. How does a novel or piece of writing from a particular time showcase the mood during that historical period? After conducting research and discussing social themes and writing styles, high school writers craft an original piece in the style of an American writer.
Second graders review the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." They examine a broken model of Baby Bear's chair and, after viewing possible construction materials, suggest ways to make the chair sturdier. Students then work in small groups using Internet research skills to select another fairy tale character.
Fifth graders use research skills to explore conservation of natural resources. They explore methods that scientists use to learn about the world and design their own explorations. Students also research the way natural resources are used and conserved, and conduct a conservation simulation by experimenting with energy in a battery.
Fifth graders strengthen research skills and learn about Earth's nonrenewable resources. Working in small groups, 5th graders use the printable planning sheet to prepare a presentation in the method of their choice.
Are you a non-ELA teacher looking to incorporate literacy skills and assignments into your curriculum? This lesson plan and its included worksheets are a great starting point for showing you how it's done. Although the lesson plan was originally intended to be used as part of a larger unit on genetics, the overall sequencing of the lesson plan as well as the rubrics, t-chart, writing and editing worksheets could all be used for a writing assignment on any topic. The lesson plan is very general, meaning you would have to supplement it in order to use is as intended (writing a persuasive essay on the pros and cons of cloning) but that is also what makes it a great resource to be adapted for your own specific purpose.  
What do statements made by presidential candidates reveal about what they want the public to believe about them? What can be deduced about American culture and values based on these statements? Do these values change over time? How do political messages reflect these changes? Class members access three Mini Pages and examine comments made by candidates in 1979, 1988, and 1995. They then craft their own campaign commercial. Included in the packet are detailed directions for the various activities, worksheets, and links to all required sources.  
Seventh graders read the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. They consult Media Center and online sources as they conduct research needed to write an essay that answers the question, "Is Great Expectations a classic, or just a novel?"
Students are introduced to the research process by a collaboration between three teachers. Individually, they use the internet to research endangered species using the techniques they were introduced to. They must have print and electronic resources and create their own science-fiction articles to end the lesson.
Students investigate a problem relevant to the community or school. In groups, students gather data and conduct research. Using multimedia technology, each team develops a plan and presents their research to the class.
Students investigate their own family's genealogy by conducting oral interviews and doing Internet research. In a series of activities, students acquire inquiry and research skills, develop an appreciation of their heritage, and classify info.