Young children need a substantial amount of adult support when they first begin to research a nonfiction topic. Many of our Common Core State Standards demand that our kids have multiple experiences reading, writing, organizing, analyzing, summarizing, and sharing nonfiction genres. I would love to share with you my resources that I have created over the years, to make this daunting task less stressful for you. I put together a collection of seasonal (Monthly) topics, we all know to call them- “Guiding Questions”, right? Most adults do not know the answers to these questions so the students are teaching their parents for a change. They love this part!
I typically take the first card/guiding question as a learning experience and walk the kids through the research process together. I get a large piece of chart paper, write the guiding question on the top and draw a “Cornell Notes” T-format, that research has shown to be one of the best ways to teach students to take notes. If you would like more information about this process, Vickie Davis, of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, does a great job presenting –How to teach students to take notes using the “Cornell Notes” method. I love her blog and follow her very closely. I enjoy her perspective and thorough information that I can trust.
We then practice our close reading strategies together on the website linked to the QR Code on the card. We read, read again, listen to the iPad read the article to us, write down notes and questions, including sketches and key vocabulary. This written t-chart is then posted in the room for reference throughout the year.
Included in my resources below, you will get:
1. Cards for the specific question for each month. (See sample below, I have them laminated and posted in my room) with a scannable qr code below the question, linking to a website that provides the information that answers the question including a video.
** I suggest using the free app -“QR Code Reader” by Scan
2. Parent Letter explaining our endeavor.
3. A printable organizer that the kids write on and can include on a poster or project of your choice.
4. Student Example below: I like to use a tri-folded file folder as shown in the photo. Students present what they learn, incorporating Common Core standards involving necessary speaking and listening skills as well.
Click Monthly Research Projects for Primary Students for my digital resource posted in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
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