Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Research, and supports the standard of gathering relevant information from multiple sources. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to think of a time they had to do research, either for school or for themselves. Ask: 

  • How did you determine what information to look for?
  • What went well? What was challenging?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Research topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Way Back When” or “In Depth.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about research while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a tutorial that answers this question: What are the steps for writing  a research report? (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain specific words and phrases)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a spider map in which you state a research question in the center, and around it, identify sub questions and sources for finding answers in order to write a research report. (Essential Literacy Skill: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources)
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum where each artifact represents a component of the research process. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Research Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Research Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of research with these topics: Online Sources, Internet Search, and Citing Sources

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