A complete research unit including handouts aligned with the new common core curriculum and parent explanation letter. All you need to provide are the nonfiction books! From guided, whole group research to cooperative learning and finally an independent research project.
A brief overview - This unit focuses on:
•Explaining the major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, Questioning in informational text, Text features, Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by words, Use illustrations and details in text to describe its key events. Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
•Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. Participate in shared research and writing projects.
Nonfiction features: table of contents bold print, diagram, headings, captions, photographs, index, labels, glossary
Information / fact / opinion
question / wonder
background knowledge / schema
Nonfiction books by Gail Gibbons
Nonfiction books by Nicola Davies
National Geographic books
Scholastic News – Nonfiction Readers
Of Primary Importance (by: Corgill) ~ teacher resource
Nonfiction in Focus (by: Kristo) ~ teacher resource
Sample Research Lessons Pacing Guide:
Days 1 – 3 (whole group research – mini report / class book)
Days 4 – 6 (independent research – mini report / Animal Bubble)
Days 7 – 10 (buddy research report) ~ additional practice
Days 10 – 20 (independent research report / presentations) ~ various formats
*Check out my animal research report too! Works great with this unit. Happy researching!