Students learn more about a topic that interests them and uses their own strengths and creativity to create a project demonstrating that knowledge. They use a variety of resources to take notes and complete a number of other tasks (completing a web, making an oral presentation, completing a self-reflection) as desired.
These independent research projects materials can be used to fill as much or as little time as you need. They are great to use during individual testing time to occupy the class while you work with specific students, after state testing, in the last weeks of school, or in the days leading up to a break. They are designed to give students a lot of freedom in what they research and how they display the knowledge.
TWO Versions included! This .zip folder has two .pdf documents. One has the original document as described below. The second .pdf document is simplified and has slightly less text, fewer options, or larger spacing to make it easier for students with special needs or who are at a lower level to complete.
Lesson Information: Information for the teacher about how to organize and conduct the lessons.
Research Project Requirements: Teacher checks off ahead of time what is required for the project and which project options are acceptable. Students then pick their project and decide on needed materials.
Student Information Sheet: Student fills in the required number of print and electronic resources and then complete resource information for a basic works cited page.
Notes Template: Students use this template to take notes as they research. After researching, they decide on categories that their notes fit into (such as habitat information for an animal project or size information for a planet project).
Web Template: Students use this template to either take notes on or organize notes they already took. It fits up to 4 categories and up to 4 facts per category.
Outline Template: Students use this template to either take notes on or organize notes they already took. It fits up to 5 categories and up to 6 facts per category.
Vocabulary Words: Students fill in the table with vocabulary words and definitions as they read. They then use these words in their project.
Self-Reflection: Students complete this after their project to reflect on whether they met requirements and how they worked.
Rubric: Generic rubric that can be used for any of the projects. It assumes that the student completed the Student Information Sheet, Notes/Web and/or Outline, Vocabulary List, Project, and Self-Reflection.
Oral Presentation Requirements: A rubric for an optional oral presentation if students present their projects and facts after completion.