Item Number: JNR-RESEARCH
Technology Integration: Geography, History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Technology Skill: Internet, Word Processing
Program: Google Apps, Google Docs, Office 365 Online, Word Online
Includes: Research Lesson Plans for Grades 3-9, Google Docs or Office 365 Word Processing Activities, Teacher Guide, Printable Student Workbook, Paperless Worksheets, Extension Activities, Research Parent Letter, Research Certificate, Research Self Evaluation, Research Skill Summary, Fact Card Checklist, Fact Card Marking Sheet, Sample Fact Cards
Assignment 1: Study the Fun Fact Card Collection
Assess research skills. Study fact cards to gain an understanding of the research project.
Assignment 2: Broaden then Narrow your Topic
Use Research tool and/or Wikipedia to gain ideas. Build a word list. Ask questions to narrow focus.
Assignment 3: Organize Ideas and Create an Outline
Organize ideas. Create an outline with headings in Google Docs or Word Online.
Assignment 4: Find Facts using an Online Encyclopedia
Use an online encyclopedia to gather facts. Track the source of information.
Assignment 5: Research a Topic using Google Search
Research a topic using Google Search. Apply strategies to find trustworthy information quickly.
Assignment 6: Create a Glossary of Terms
Make a glossary using the Define tool in Google Docs or online dictionaries.
Assignment 7: Transform the Outline into a Fact Card
Paraphrase facts by rewriting them using simple sentences that are easy to read and understand.
Assignment 8: Format the Text to Make it Easy to Read
Format font, create a bulleted list, adjust line spacing, and indent lines to lay out text on the page.
Assignment 9: Adjust Page Layout and Arrange Images
Adjust the orientation, margins, and/or page color. Add images and format the appearance.
Assignment 10: Fact Card Checklist
Complete checklist, then have a peer review the fact card. Make revisions based on assessment.
Assignment 11: Create a Fun Fact Card Collection
Print the fact card or email/copy a link. Share collection with others.
Assignment 12: Research Self-Reflection
Reflect upon learning. Make connections to how skills can be applied to future situations.
Optional Google Docs or Word Online Research Activities
- Save Time! Skim and Scan: Apply tips to understand the main point and find specific facts.
- Cite Sources of Information: Understand citations. Use online generator or Research Tool.
- Explore Google Search: Filter results, find exact phrases, exclude words, and define terms.
- Use Primary and Secondary Sources: Compare sources to understand their usefulness.
- Arrange Fact Card using a Table: Use cells to lay out text and images in a columnar design.