Item Number: JNR-RESEARCH
Technology Integration: Geography, History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Technology Skill: Internet, Word Processing
Program: Microsoft Office, Word, Google, Google Docs, Office Online, Word Online
Includes: Teaching Research and Word Processing 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
STEM Integration Lessons: language arts with word processing technology skills
Assignment 1: Study the Fun Fact Card Collection
Assess research skills. Examine fact cards to gain an understanding of the research project.
Assignment 2: Broaden then Narrow your Topic
Apply techniques to gain ideas for a topic. Build a word list. Ask questions to narrow focus.
Assignment 3: Organize Ideas and Create an Outline
Decide on inquiry questions. Form a document outline that include headings.
Assignment 4: Find Facts using an Online Encyclopedia
Research details using an online encyclopedia. Track the source of information.
Assignment 5: Research a Topic using Google Search
Investigate a topic using Internet search strategies to find trustworthy information quickly.
Assignment 6: Create a Glossary of Terms
Choose the vocabulary to include in a glossary. Define the meaning.
Assignment 7: Transform the Outline into a Fact Card
Paraphrase facts by rewriting them using sentences that are easy to read and comprehend.
Assignment 8: Format the Text to Make it Easy to Read
Produce a professional publication. Format font, bullet a list, adjust line spacing, and indent lines.
Assignment 9: Adjust Page Layout and Arrange Images
Design a unique fact card. Customize orientation, color, margins, and border. Format images.
Assignment 10: Fact Card Checklist
Peer review a fact card using a checklist. Based on feedback, modify the publication.
Assignment 11: Create a Fun Fact Card Collection
Print the fact card or email a link to teacher. 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.