TechnoResearch

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.
Create a Fact Card using Google Docs or Word
Apply Stages of the Research Process
Teaching Research Skills
Challenge Students with Extension Activities

Teach Research Skills Systematically

Engage students in the stages of the research process with a fun and unique project. Plan, retrieve, process, share, and evaluate information. Learn to use online encyclopedias, dictionaries, and Google Search. Develop an understanding of plagiarism, citing the source, and tips for paraphrasing text. Apply word processing skills by creating a fact card. Learn to format text, arrange images, adjust page setup, and work with table cells. Teaching research skills transfers learning to any inquiry investigation.


  • Identify audience and presentation format
  • Formulate a plan to guide research
  • Gather information using research strategies
  • Assess the quality of information
  • Classify facts using an outline
  • Define terminology in a glossary
  • Cite the source using a proper format
  • Paraphrase facts to avoid plagiarism
  • Share information with an audience
  • Apply word processing skills to create a fact card

Customer Reviews

Engaging lessons for teaching research skills. Create a Fun Fact Card. To start, elementary and middle school students brainstorm a topic and plan their research project. Next, they use strategies to retrieve quality information from reliable sources. The facts are then processed using paraphrasing techniques to transform an outline into a one sheet report. The publication is shared with others as a part of a Fun Fact Card Collection. Extension activities challenge students to develop skimming and scanning techniques, practice advanced research strategies, arrange facts in a table, and recognize primary and secondary sources of information.


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This is such a wonderful way for students to learn how to use the Research Tool in Google Docs. This unit also guides students to be smarter and better researchers.

Kim N., Tullahoma, West Middle School

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I absolutely love TechnoKids! It's excellent and the students really enjoy the lessons. Thank you very much for providing a curriculum that engages the students!

Grace Smith, South Bend, IN, Marshall Intermediate Center

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Thank you! I used it this year and it went very well.

M. Sylvestre, Smithfield, RI, Gallagher Middle School

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I have been using your curriculum for two years and I love it!  My students love it too!!

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TN, USA


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