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    By 5thGrdTeachTN

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    I have taught 3rd and 4th grade and have found that research skills are an ever evolving skill. In third grade we ensure that students are able to locate appropriate research materials and are able to take notes from these materials in order to create some type of a product (newsletter, mini book, etc.). In fourth grade we extended this learning by talking more about synthesis and citation of materials. In some instances the research "guiding questions" were developed by teacher and in other cases we had the students develop their own. In my experience I have found that students require a lot modeling in order to research effectively. A general time line I have used for research projects is a four week time period. The tasks are broken into manageable pieces (week 1 select a topic based on our current unit of study or class listof topics we have brainstormed together and research materaisl, week two take notes, etc.). One class period spent on modeling, setting expectations, etc. Then students have the remainder of the week to complete the task (usually they work on it when they have completed another assignment early). Hope this helps!!

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