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Animal Research Project The concept this lesson is designed to teach is research skills. The Common Core State Standards emphasizes students engaging in short focused research. According to the Common Core State Standards, students in grades 3-5 need to participate in research and writing projects throughout the school year. The essential question students will explore is 'What is the Big 6 Research Model and what are the steps involved in the research process?' 41 weeks 5 days ago
Asking research questions What makes a good research question? We will be exploring the difference between fact-based questions or "closed" questions and questions that require making inferences and synthesizing information or "open" questions. We will discuss why open questions make better research questions. 2 years 40 weeks ago
Ban That Book! In this project students conduct a historical survey of book banning in the U.S. They research why specific books have been banned and draw their own conclusions in defending or opposing the banning of specific books. The essential questions they address are: Which books have been banned in the U.S.? Why have they been banned? Do I support or oppose book banning, and why? 2 years 1 week ago
Building a Greener Community Students delve into different areas of community life and the importance of using existing resources in effective and efficient ways. They also consider alternatives to creating greener environments that may be innovative approaches. In their investigations, they address the following essential questions: What does greening a community involve? How green is our community at this time? How can we build a greener community? 2 years 2 weeks ago
Burr Airlines Flight to Asia: building inquiry skills This lesson is designed to call upon student prior knowledge and build student knowledge of and interest in India, China and Japan in order to stimulate student wonder and inquiry. Students formulate research questions that are subordinate questions of the three essential questions dictated by the district social studies curriculum: How do Asian people interact with the land?; How do they interact with one another?; and How are they affected by their beliefs? 3 years 14 hours ago
California’s Native American Tribes In this session, students will be introduced to the importance of effective note taking. Using print reference materials and web resources, students will answer the essential guiding question, "How did the native Californians live in the past?". These notes will then allow them create a compare/contrast chart for their final unit project, a compare/contrast poster on their specific tribe. 2 years 3 weeks ago
Career Options: Which One Is Right For Me? In their career explorations, students assess the usefulness of a range of resources including print, online, and human sources. They retrieve information from different sources including interviews and workplace observations. Students address the following essential questions throughout the project: What career paths have I explored? Which career appeals most to me and why? How can I find out more about this particular career? How do I know if I am suited for this career? 2 years 1 week ago
CCC: Credible Sources, Creative Commons Images, and Citing Your Sources Concepts Taught: A good researcher and writer seeks out credible sources, uses digital images that they have permission to use, and gives credit to those who provided the information and images used in his/her final product. Essential Questions: 1. Why is it important to use credible sources? 2. Why is it essential to use Creative Commons images? 3. How do I give proper credit to the suppliers of the information that I'm using? 2 years 3 weeks ago
Chameleons Are Cool! As a class, students will participate in developing and using an inquiry model for gathering information and taking notes. The model includes accessing prior knowledge, developing questions, information gathering, and identifying any misconceptions about the topic of study. This model is explained by Debbie Miller in her book, Teaching with Intention. The essential questions for this unit include: How do chameleons' physical traits help them survive? How are chameleons alike or different from other lizards? 3 years 13 hours ago
Check it out... nonfiction can be fun! During this unit, the students cultivate their own curiosity as they explore a broad range of nonfiction topics and learn about interesting ways information can be communicated in nonfiction. They immerse themselves in various topics of interest to them and then select one of those topics to research with a partner in depth. Partners then write, revise, and publish an informational piece about that topic to share with the class. 1 year 51 weeks ago