Item Number: JNR-RESEARCH
Technology Integration: Geography, History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Technology Skill: Internet, Word Processing
Program: Google, Google Docs, Office 365 Online, Word Online
Includes: Teaching Research Skills: Lesson Plans for Grades 3-9, Google Docs or Microsoft Word Activities, Teacher Guide, Printable Student Workbook, Paperless Worksheets, Extension Activities
Handouts and Assessment Tools: Research Parent Letter, Research Certificate, Research Self Evaluation, Research Skill Summary, Fact Card Checklist, Fact Card Marking Sheet
Fun Fact Card Samples: Pioneer, Space, and Biography 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 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.
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/Smart Lookup tool 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 page appearance. Format image style.
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 Activities for Teaching Research Skills
- 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: Use columns and/or a table to lay out card in a columnar design.