Inventions Research Reports


Fourth graders reserach inventions and create a report on a specific invention.

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Instructional Design
14 days

Research Process

In this research process worksheet, students complete the table, answer the questions using encyclopedias, and write a report about their research topic.


In these inventions worksheets, students read the time line about some inventions from the 1900's. Students use the time line to answer the 5 questions. Students then read the cover story, 'Who's News,' and 'Twister Strike to U.S.' to answer the 7 questions.

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.

Researching and Note-Taking: Becoming an Expert on a Colonial Trade

Fourth graders work in small groups to become experts on different colonial trades in the eighth lesson of this unit. Working toward the long-term goal of writing a piece of historical fiction, young scholars read informational texts and work collaboratively to take notes on terms related to their specific trade. Learners practice reading and rereading text, first to get a gist of the content, and second to focus on key vocabulary. Make sure dictionaries are available to support students in making sense of the different terms they encounter in their reading. This is a great lesson that supports young researchers as they work with their peers to become experts on a colonial trade.

Researching and Note-Taking: Building Expertise About a Colonial Trade

Building on the previous lesson plan in this unit on colonial trade, the ninth lesson plan has young experts continuing their research and writing summaries of the information they find. To begin, children participate in guided practice where they read and summarize an informational text as a whole class, learning to focus on the question words who, what, where, when, and why. Learners then break into expert groups to reread their informational texts, while continuing to take notes and discuss their findings.  The lesson plan concludes with the young researchers writing a summary of their colonial trade, citing specific evidence from their reading. An excellent resource that supports in using research to create a summary of informational text.

Meet a Naturalist: Researching, Writing, Interviewing

Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based lesson. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about different environmental professions before contacting and interviewing local naturalists. If face-to-face interviews can not be arranged, have children write letters to professionals from around the state, the country, or even the world. This would be a great lesson to conclude an elementary earth or life science unit, exposing children to ways people are working to preserve the environment.

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. When discussing Internet resources, consider providing examples that demonstrate reliable and unreliable websites, as this can be a challenging concept for young researchers to understand.

Researching Lesson 4

Students explore a "table of contents." In this book researching lesson, students identify common elements of a "table of "contents" and complete a worksheet with questions about this topic.

Animal Research: A Multimedia Approach

Explore the animal kingdom from the safety your classroom. Intended to build on previous learning about ecosystems, this lesson involves students working in pairs to research their favorite animal and present their findings to the class. Though this resource includes only a very general procedural outline, it does provide key steps and considerations needed to support learners' success. This project is very reliant on technology, so be sure you have access to computers, Internet, word processing and presentation software, and a projector. If unfamiliar with any of this technology, be sure to provide your class with the necessary supplemental lessons. A great idea for a collaborative project that can be applied to a variety of different subjects. 

Invention in a Bag (Grades 3-5)

Students create invention bags. In this problem solving lesson, students use the everyday items given to them in a bag to create inventions that solve problems. Students create marketing products to accompany their inventions.

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