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 Research Process
Teacher Resources 
Grades 3-5

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5    


Step 1:  Question


Student Skills Resources to Use
Online Resources
-What do I need to know?
-What do I already know?
-What am I curious about?
-What keywords should I use?
My Research Planner - Question
(word,   pdf,   google doc )

-Brainstorms a topic, problem or question based on interests or needs.

-Identifies one or two key words about a topic, problem or question.

-Identifies possible sources for information needed.

Blank WWH chart 
(word,   pdf,   google doc )
Blank KWHL chart
 (word,   pdf,    google doc )
Blank WWWW chart
 (word,   pdf,    google doc )
Finding keywords worksheet 
(word,   pdf,  google doc )

Jamie McKenzies Questioning toolkit
-Cluster/Word Web 1

Help with Keywords.


Step 2:  Gather


Student Skills  Resources
Online Resources

-Where do I find my information?

-How do I know what resources to use?

-What makes a source reliable?

-How will I keep track of what I learn?

-How do I record all of the sources I use?

My Research Planner - Gather  

word,    pdf,   google doc 

More instructions on gathering information

Knowing the best places to look for information (get help from the BOTS)

Identify primary source information vs. secondary source information- Primary - Diaries, letters, objects photographs 


Understand that information/nonfiction books are arranged on the shelf according to their subject using the Dewey Decimal System. 

Fiction shelf arrangement practice

Non-Fiction shelf arrangement practice.


Understand that reference books are nonfiction books that may be used to find information.

Use dictionary to find information –  entry, parts of speech, definition.

Dictionary practice: (word, pdf)  

Use  encyclopedia to find information –  entry, charts, graphs. 

Encyclopedia practice:  (word,   pdf)    

Use maps to find information  - locate cities, states, countries.

Locate information in a thesaurus

Map reading practice: (word, pdf)


Locate resources using a title, subject, author and/or keyword search in the library catalog.

Understand content of information available in library catalog -summary, location, availability.

Understand the call number/letters indicate the location of the resource on the shelf.

Demonstrate ability to locate and retrieve library materials found in a library catalog.

Destiny On-Line Catalog

Practice using the Destiny catalog, grade 3:   (word, pdf)

Practice using the Destiny catalog, grade 4:   (wordpdf)


Destiny On-Line Catalog

Mapping the library lesson

Understand and label internet browser elements and explain their function- -toolbar & buttons, bookmarks, history

Parts of a web browser


Analyze a pre-selected website for: Author, title, date created, special features (images, puzzles, activities), available products, services or resources.

Web evaluation form 

word,   pdf,   google doc 

Web searching practice:  (word, pdf)

CyberSmart: Using Keywords Lesson for grades 2-3
Discuss and define the difference between fact and opinion and the use of facts for research. 


Facts vs. opinion (Infinite Learning Lab)

Reading Skills: Fact and Opinion

CyberSmart: Finding Good Sites Lesson for grades 2-3 (click on download student sheet)

Understand there are conditions where information cannot be used (copyright restrictions).


. Take simple notes and organize in a logical order

Uses note-taking strategies such as outlining, underlining, bulleted lists, highlighting, graphic organizers to record information found during research 


My Notecards:  (word,      pdf,     google doc )
Use software to record and organize information.
  Take notes on google docs

Understands the difference between an appropriate and an inappropriate Internet site. 

Web evaluation form 

word,   pdf,   google doc 

Paraphrase main ideas. 


  BrainPop: Paraphrasing Video

List resources used with bibliographic information

Cites sources used according to the MLA style – 

 Understands the concept of plagiarism and explains why it is wrong.
Understands that creators of intellectual works (authors, illustrators, etc.) have ownership rights which are protected by copyright laws.

planning plagiarism proof lessons

student sheet for avoiding plagiarism


 Credits all sources properly with title, author, and page number. 

-Recording  sources in a bibliography

 word pdf,  google doc 

  Guide to citing my sources in a bibliography



Step 3:  Conclude


Student Skills Resources to Use
Online Resources

-How do I organize my information?

-Do all my facts agree?

-Do I need any more information?

-What is my final thesis statement

My Research Planner - Conclude word document,       pdf,       google doc )


      Use a variety of strategies to determine main idea.

      States the main idea.

      Finds similar big ideas in more than one source.

      Identifies facts and details that support main ideas.

      Interprets or explains main idea and supports with evidence. 

   Reviews ideas held at beginning of inquiry and reflect on how ideas changed with more information.

   Draws a conclusion about the main idea.

Notes similarities and differences in information from two different sources.

      Organizes information into categories within the structure of the assignment

      Uses organizational patterns to organize information-chronological order, main ideas w/supporting details





Step 4:  Communicate


Student Skills Resources to Use
Online Resources

How will I share what I learned?

-What is the best way to present my research?

-Do I need to create or find some items to illustrate my findings?

-How will I credit the sources I used?

My Research Planner - Communicate (word,     pdf,    google doc )


    Use prewriting to brainstorm ideas for most effective way to present conclusions.

      Drafts the presentation following the outline of ideas in the Conclude phase

      Creates a product with a beginning, middle and end.

      Creates diagrams, maps and dioramas to convey the information about a topic.

      Create simple timelines to illustrate chronological order.

      Use word processing, drawing tools, presentation software, graphing or other software to illustrate concepts and convey meaning.

Common mistakes to avoid in a report




Step 5:  Evaluate


Student Skills Resources to Use
Online Resources

-How did I do?

Is my project complete?

-Did I meet my teacher’s expectations?

-Did I do my best work and use my time well?

-What would I do differently on my next project?

My Research Planner - Evaluate (word,    pdf,     google doc )


  Identifies and evaluates the features of a good product.

      Participates in peer evaluation.

      Identifies own strengths and sets goals for improvement.

      Accepts feedback from others to improve product and process.

      Participates in a discussion of group findings and results.

      Considers what would be an area for further inquiry.

More information on evaluating finished product.

Lessons from Atlas Rubicon:

4th grade

Lessons from the Media Wiki:


Grade 3 lesson from the Media Wiki (from Feb 2010)

Grade 4 lesson from the Media Wiki (from Feb 2010)

Grade 5 lesson from the Media Wiki (from Feb 2010)

Research units from the Bloomington School District:

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade