Famous People Research Project
Fourth graders research a famous person in Michigan history. They will use at least three different resources including technology to conduct their research. They then will use various forms of technology to create individual research projects and a class slide show presentation of their topics.
Endangered Species Project: Revising the Research Paper
Prepare pupils to submit their research paper on species extinction. A straightforward lesson that details the standards of revision that they must execute. The lesson moves through common first and final draft revision standards. Emphasis is placed upon the peer-review process, footnoting, and elimination of “wimpy language.”
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. A fun project to conclude a life science unit on ecosystems.
Young scholars conduct research about different inventors and their inventions. They use various types of resources to obtain information. Students use the information to create a class museum that contains artifacts, written reports, or models.
Berghuis v Thomkins: Is This the Will of the People? (Criminal’s Rights)
"You have the right to remain silent. . ." But should a suspect exercise that right? Should laws establish and defend the rights of an individual or reflect the will of "the people?" After reading and annotating a series of primary source documents related to court cases that have altered a suspect's Miranda rights to silence and counsel, class members tackle the question of whether these policies are "the best policy for our nation." The readings will challenge even the best readers, but the exercise addresses an important question and would make for great debate in US history and government classes.
Careers in Mathematics Project
Students use technology (Internet, email) to research mathematics in nonacademic careers in order to increase their awareness and appreciation of mathematics in the "real world."
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. Each step is submitted separately and builds into a portfolio. The project can be modified to explore other topics concerning the author, such as an analysis of their childhood and how that is reflected in their writing.
Flightless Birds and Scientific Research
Learners study the work done by various scientists on Antarctica. In this biology lesson plan, students play the role of researchers who must justify the importance of their study. They create a multimedia presentation about a specific issue that impacts Adelie penguins.
Media in Research Multimedia Final Project
Students work cooperatively in groups to research a topic of their choice. They create a multimedia presentation of the information researched. Throughout the project they generate their own progress journals.
Students 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.
Careers in Mathematics Project
Students research mathematics in nonacademic careers in order to increase their awareness and appreciation of mathematics in the "real world."