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Synthesizing and analyzing information is an important skill for future adults to practice. With field trip Earth, they should choose a topic that interests them (or you could provide sample topics), obtain background information, and write a research paper. There's a list of components needed in the paper, but create a comprehensive rubric so learners can easily access the information.
What can you tell me about owls? Emerging writers create a written report based on the adaptations of owls. First they must research different characteristics of owls in groups of two or three, and then they write an informational paper on the topic. Unfortunately, the provided links no longer function.
Practice research skills with this basic lesson. Learners choose a topic and research it using the Internet and its search engines. While surfing for resources, they record their progress on the worksheet provided. There's a place to record information for up to five different sources. The worksheet encourages learners to evaluate the sites and determine their strengths and weaknesses.
Research and write a 500-word essay. Pupils research a topic and write an essay based on their research. They use the given directions and examples to help them research, organize, format, and write their essay. There's a short chart included that highlights signs of a good website and signs of a bad website. Review these with your researchers before they get started. The information highway is getting a bit congested these days!
Older learners analyze a controversial painting entitled The Cutting Scene, Mandan O-kee-pa Ceremony 1832. They use the issues raised in the image to construct debate arguments questioning if the artist's painting exploits Native American cultures. They conduct research, build arguments, and hold a class debate. A really amazing lesson that is sure to engage your entire class.
After brainstorming suitable subjects, fifth graders use the Internet to research a topic of interest, and create a PowerPoint presentation that serves as a visual aid to accompany a speech they make to the class. The activity presents class members with an opportunity to explore the features of PowerPoint. Relevant web sites, sample PowerPoint presentations, and a rubric are included.
Bring research papers into the 21st century using this guide to Inspiration Software. If you don't have the program, take a look at the visuals and step-by-step process, which are helpful for any classroom. Using a pre-made template, learners simply research and fill in various sections to organize their findings for the perfectly structured paper. They keep track of multiple sources, write a thesis statement, take notes, include visuals and hyperlinks, and integrate ideas to form a cohesive final product.
Gather some information, print it onto sentence strips, and then have your class physically shuffle the cards to better understand the importance of organizational patterns in writing. Middle school learners examine information for a research topic, sort the information they found, and create a thoughtful organizational pattern.
Why is it important to preserve historical documents and artifacts? Examine the role of primary source documents and the availability of these documents on the Internet. Middle and high schoolers write a journal about the nature of artifacts, evaluate a primary source document and its historical significance, and conduct a brief online research project related to a historical event.