MY FIRST RESEARCH PAPER (Get Organized and Get It Done!)

Grade Levels
3rd - 4th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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Welcome to the ultimate guide for your students' FIRST RESEARCH PAPER! It is especially designed for Third Graders researching animals. And will help you Get Organized and Get It Done!

Here is what is included for YOU:

** a suggested daily schedule of tasks for the next thee weeks

** week by week (and task by task--topic selection, completion of notecards, sources and graphics, development of informational and working outlines, creation of rough draft, the process of editing and drafting the final paper) instructions

** student tracking sheets (to help monitor each student's progress)

** weekly status reports for parents

** mini-lessons on choosing a topic, and writing “hooks,” and documenting sources (with posters)

** and a grading sheet.

For YOUR STUDENTS there are:

** prompted notecards

** a Research Booklet—Everything you need to keep your students’ research organized is included in this booklet.

** a “Ready to Write” rough draft guide

** NEW! a Rough Draft Helper to aid your students in developing paragraphs

** revision checklist (that mirrors your grading sheet)

** and lots of FUN!

Your students' FIRST RESEARCH PAPER doesn't need to be a struggle! Spend the next three weeks helping to lay the foundations of some vital life skills—research, critical thinking and analysis of information—not wiping tears or writing lots of animal papers yourself. This pack will help you to get your students organized, so they can get it done!

Click here for the Homeschool Version of this first research paper guide.

Total Pages
50 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.


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