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Research skills are extremely important and they can be linked to any subject. Get your class thinking about scientists that study the polar region, what they do, and how they get funded to continue their research. Each child uses a worksheet and the Internet to research five to ten different polar scientists. After a week's time, the class engages in a full discussion on what they have learned about polar science, scientists, and the research process.
Examine advanced filters and operators in depth. Class members try out even more filtering tools than they did in the beginning instructional activity and practice with operators, special symbols or words that affect search results, recognized by Google. Through the exercises and presentation, pupils experiment with narrowing their search by time, language, document type, specific words or site, and more. This is a highly detailed plan that would enrich preparations for a research project.
Online resources take many forms: blogs, search engines, news websites, documents, wikis. In order to conduct effective research, pupils should become familiar with different formats so that they can more easily choose suitable sites for their information. This resource includes a useful handout and describes a categorizing activity for small groups. To make the lesson more meaningful, teach it during a research project and ask class members to relate their searching to their projects.
How do you compose a solid conclusion paragraph? Beginning essay writers end their research paper with a conclusion paragraph created with the help of a graphic organizer. Designed for elementary learners, the activities could be modified to use with older learners.
Note-taking is an essential study skill, and it needs to be taught! In the context of a research project on energy sources, learners find multiple sources, evaluating, paraphrasing, and citing them correctly. Two lists with note-taking guidelines are attached. Consider joining them into one presentation with more color and engagement for your class. Model research using the essential questions. Groups write a persuasive essay on a specific energy source. This will need more scaffolding for some of your learners.
In this research skills worksheet, students complete sentences by inserting names of places in London. A word bank of twenty words is given for twenty questions.
This resource provides two ways to engage learners in using latitude, longitude, and research skills. In pairs, or on their own, learners will locate several Antarctic regions on a map. They will write the name of the place and a few key details that describe the location. In another version of the activity, finding map locations based on latitude and longitude will lead them to envelopes containing questions about Antarctica which they must answer through quick research or topic look up. Either way you use it, the idea is a good one that will definitely engage your young geographers.
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.
Celebrating National Zoo and Aquarium Month by engaging pupils in an animal research project.
High schoolers investigate the benefits of SAV (submerged aquatic vegetation) and reasons for a reduction in SAV in coastal ecosystems. They design a research project that could help restore SAV that has been depleted in the coastal habitat.
Students determine the importance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and how it can be restored in coastal regions. Students describe causes for reduced SAV coverage in coastal ecosystem and discuss a research project that would help improve SAV restoration programs.
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.
Middle schoolers engage in a project that shows how the completion of a research project, on a subject such as immigration, leads to the increased understanding of the world around them. They utilize an outline imbedded in this plan to guide their research.
Students research the American Revolution. In this Revolutionary War lesson plan, students research facts about the American Revolution, write an expository essay, and peer edit for good content. The paper is suggested to be written after students have read the book, Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining by Lyne Kositsky.
Incorporate a research project into your study of Shakespeare and the Renaissance Period. Class members assume the role of an apprentice seeking membership in one of the various guilds that existed during the Renaissance period. After researching a guild in which they are interested, young apprentices present information on, and an artifact from, their guild. A fun way to develop research skills.
"How might multiple perspectives of standardized testing impact me as a student?" is an example of an essential question that a researcher might use as a basis for this lesson on how to research and present a written stance on a controversial issue. The school librarian models searches of print and non-print resources and the teacher models perspective development and citation format.
Fifth graders demonstrate how to cite sources when writing a research paper. In this research writing lesson plan, 5th graders view a demonstration on how to cite sources using an included graphic organizer. Students practice citing sources and use note cards to record information.
Middle schoolers investigate claims of medicinal plants found in the rain forest. In this research skills lesson, students examine the validity of Internet sources as they visit websites in search of information about rain forest plants that are used or could be used in medicines. Middle schoolers share their findings as well as the strategies they employed to determine whether the information presented was authoritative.
Fifth graders complete research on a famous person chosen from a list complied by the teacher. They use note taking sheet/graphic organizer to help them determine the type of information to gather about their famous person. Students compose paragraphs based upon the various areas of their person's life.
In this KWL worksheet, learners will prepare to write a research project by thinking about what they already know, what they need to find out and the sources they have and may need.