With the implementation of Common Core standards, it is becoming more frequent that we combine our social studies and science standards into our language arts work. Nonfiction work, finding evidence, and citing research can easily be combined into one project-based learning experience. The “Research-ology” Book is meant to be a culminating project after growing four types of Indiana wildflowers in the classroom and watching them develop during science sessions. This goes well with a map skills unit, so that students are familiar with the geography of your state, as well as what regions and land-forms are present.
After the growth of the flowers, students are asked to research their flowers and look at both what conditions the flower grows best in (science) and where it grows best geographically (social studies). A back-up plan is included, in case flowers do not grow in your class environment - these flowers are "wild".
Note to the teacher: This project is specifically designed for Indiana state flowers (in the science and social studies standards), but can easily be adapted for any state. Any native wildflower can be used, hence the vague language in the directions and standards. Use what seeds are available in your area. Please contact me and I will happily provide you with an editable version, so you can see what standards are specific to your location.
Cooperative learning, technology research, written research, organizing our writing, editing and going through the writing process are all skills that can be emphasized within this project.