Item Number: JNR-RESEARCH
Technology Integration: Geography, History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Technology Skill: Internet, Word Processing
Program: Microsoft Office, Google
BLEND RESEARCH AND WORD PROCESSING: TechnoResearch is project-based curriculum to integrate language arts, social studies, and technology skills. Teach critical thinking as students plan a one sheet report, learn to skim and scan, assess the quality of information, compare primary and secondary sources, and prepare a unique fact card.
FUN FACT CARD SAMPLES: Included in the project is a Teacher Guide, Student Workbook, and resource files with worksheets and assessment tools. Also see samples of completed projects – Pioneers, Space, and Biography - for teaching and technology integration ideas.
MAKE THE RESEARCH PROCESS FUN: A creative, open-ended project to engage students in learning online research skills. Teach students how to retrieve trusted information efficiently. Build an understanding of plagiarism, apply tips about paraphrasing, and learn how to cite the source.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR ENRICHMENT: All TechnoKids projects include extension activities. Students build additional technology and research skills, building blocks that are transferrable to any inquiry project.
STANDARDS BASED LEARNING: TechnoResearch is aligned to both Common Core and International Society of Technology Education Standards. Easily identify, teach, and track grade appropriate guidelines and expectations.
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.
Use TechnoResearch with unlimited users at your site. A site is a physical location such as classroom, school, learning center, daycare, library, or home. If you teach at multiple sites, you will need to purchase one project for each location. Individual projects are downloadable. Order 5 or more projects or a set and receive a USB drive. Transfer the files to all devices at your site. View the PDF teacher guides and workbooks digitally or print as many as you need. Files CANNOT be posted in public domain.