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 KNOWLEDGE

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

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

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

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

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 explains the steps for writing a research report.
  • 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.
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum where each artifact represents a component of the research process.

More to Explore

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

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