Lesson Plan

Content Applied Research Strategies

Students learn steps to the research process and then create a publication of their research.
Debra J.
Technology coordinator
University School
fort lauderdale, FL
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to find sites for their research.

Students will be able to paraphrase or summarize research into their own words.

Students will be able to create a reference list and cite sources uses.

Students will be able to write to a specific audience.

Students will be able to create a digital publication showcasing their research.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 3 - 7
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Leading Student Research

All sites can be found on my Symbaloo site:  http://www.symbaloo.com/shared/AAAAAUgvdx0AA41-4UGqDA==

1.  Teacher will demonstrate site http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/  Teacher will direct students to specific timeline of topics when necessary.  Teacher will allow students to choose topic for differenciation.  Teacher will create a topic list.

2.  Teacher will complete a sample organizer based on research and demonstrate how this organizer can be used in final product.  Teacher will show how to use the organizer by showing the wide variety of organizers to choose from on http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?resource_type=18&type=34  For example if the research is on the Patriots vs. Loyalists during the American Revolution then the teacher could choose a Venn Diagram at  http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/venn_diagrams/   Teacher will allow student to choose organizer for differenciation.

3.  Teacher will complete sample summary of research and demonstrate saving to cloud for reinforcement.

4.  Teacher will demonstrate two ways to cite sources the student used.  a.  Website only reference page  b.  For the 'professional look' students can go the extra step and use citationmachine.net

5.  Teacher will explain persuation and show video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ2IVKruQSw  Teacher will use his/her model research to demonstrate a cause.  For example, if the research was on the Revolutionary War then the publication will be on either:  Do you want to join the loyalists?  Do you want to join the patriots?

6.  Teacher will demonstrate publication options from Symbaloo.  For example:  Student projects can be created using http://www.weebly.com/ (to create web site of student's research), www.canva.com (to create a poster of student's research), or http://piktochart.com/ (to create an Infographic of student's research.)

7.  Teacher will show several sample student projects with a variety of publications.

8.  Share research.


Student Instructions

Students will use sites via the teacher's Symbaloo site:  http://www.symbaloo.com/shared/AAAAAUgvdx0AA41-4UGqDA==

1.  Students will look through site http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/ to choose an area for their research.  In partners they will discuss topic ideas.

2.  Student will complete research on their topic using a graphic organizer from Read Write Think, Instagrok, Popplet, Padlet, or other options given to organize their thoughts.

3.  Students will begin to summarize and paraphrase their work using Google Drive or Office 365 to save their work on the cloud.

4.  Students will create a reference page using either the option of websites only or citationmachine.net by looking at their rubric to make choices.

5.  Students will view video and then choose a side based on their topic.

6.  Students will choose a publication method from teacher's recommendations.

7.  Students will start creation using their platform, research, and references.