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This research writing unit of study is designed to guide your students through the research writing process. 

This is a free writing unit of study from the curriculum corner..

This research writing collection includes mini lessons, anchor charts and more.

Mention the words “research writing” in an intermediate classroom and you might be met with moans & groans or perhaps even see fear in the eyes of some students. 

In all seriousness though, writing can be intimidating for many children in our classrooms.

Guided and focused your mini-lessons can be helpful for students. Also, the more examples you can get students to interact with, the more they will understand the expectations. Finally, the more modeling that you do for them, the more they can view writing as less overwhelming.

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Lesson Ideas for Writing Research Papers:

Lesson 1: Noticings

  • Begin by getting your students familiar with what research writing looks like.
  • Have them work in pairs or small groups to read pieces of research writing. They will record their “noticings” about the writing.
  • Then, come together in a community circle to discuss and create a class anchor chart.
  • You will find a blank anchor chart and one with noticings already recorded.
  • Here is a link we found that contains some student-created examples of research writing: Student Writing Models .  Simply scroll through the grade levels for different samples.

Lesson 2: Opinion vs. Facts

  • Begin with a brief review of opinions vs. facts.
  • Use the six paragraphs we share in our resources to give your students some practice differentiating between the two.
  • Each of the paragraphs contains both opinions and facts.
  • Students will read the paragraphs and record the facts and opinions from their paragraph onto the recording page.

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Lesson 3: Choosing a Topic

  • We know that providing choice will allow for greater engagement and success.  We want to help students to narrow their choices by giving them some guidance.
  • Gather students and begin a discussion about choosing a research topic.
  • Ask them to think of topics they already know a little about, have interest in or is important/relevant to their lives.
  • You might pose the question “Why is that important in research writing?” and discuss their thoughts.
  • For this lesson we have provided a page where students can individually brainstorm topics. You can circulate the room during this process to help students to narrow their topic.
  • If you feel your class may need help to narrow their choices, think about giving them a broad topic, such as animals, and then have them choose a sub-topics from the bigger umbrella topic.
  • If you feel like your students need an added level of support you might think about creating an anchor chart from a class brainstorming session about possible appropriate topics and then display this in your room.

Lesson 4: Where to Find Accurate Information about a Topic

  • Help students to begin to understand where they might find accurate information about their topics.
  • Where are the places you can begin to look for information about your topic?  
  • Why would the copyright date on a book be important in doing research?  
  • Is everything on the internet true?
  • Why is it important for your research to contain accurate information?  
  • Where do you begin to look for information that will accurate
  • One way to help students think through appropriate sites on the internet is to pass out the ten cards provided in our resources.
  • Have students read the cards and discuss what kind of a website it is.
  • Talk about whether they know or have heard of the sites. Would they consider the sites “trusted” enough to gain knowledge about their topics.  Then have them talk about why or why not these sites would be trusted.

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Lesson 5: Double Check Your Facts

  • We want our students to get into the habit of double checking their facts. This will help ensure what they are learning is correct.
  • To do this, you might want them to practice this skill.  In this lesson use the page provided to have each student find and record a fact about a topic of their choice on the internet.
  • The page then has students write where they found the fact, and also has them list a corresponding fact from a different source.
  • Finally they determine if the facts are the same or different. You may have to further the lesson by discussing approximations.  For example one site might say that an animal can weigh up to 1,500 pounds, while another might state that the animal weighs between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds.
  • You will need to talk about how those facts might both be accurate even though they are stated differently. If they seem to check out, then help students generalize the information for a research paper.

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Lesson 6: Taking Notes

  • Sometimes giving students resources and a blank sheet of notebook paper can be too overwhelming. You have students who simply copy everything from the text or you have others who have no idea where to start.
  • We need to guide them to read to pull out facts & relevant information.
  • For this lesson we have provided various templates for note-taking. Whatever method or template you choose for helping your students learn to take notes, model it several times in front of the class Demonstrating for them how to write the notes as they read about a topic will be helpful.
  • After initial teaching, you may find that you need to pull small groups for extra practice. Some might need a one-on-one conference.

Lesson 7: Paraphrasing vs. Plagiarism

  • Students will need to learn how to paraphrase their research. This will help them avoid plagiarizing words from their resources.
  • Discuss why plagiarizing is something that they shouldn’t do in their writing because it is “stealing” another’s words.
  •  Tell the students that there is a way to use another author’s ideas in an appropriate way without copying their words. First, they need to paraphrase and then they need to cite the source where they found the information.
  • Display the anchor chart “What is Paraphrasing” and discuss the definition.
  • Next, pass out copies of “My Own Words” to pairs of students. Explain that their task will be to find a paragraph or passage in a nonfiction book. They will paraphrase the author’s words, keeping the same ideas.
  • Finally, gather students together to share their paraphrasing efforts. Each pair of students can read the paragraph/passage from the book and then the paraphrasing that they wrote.  Discuss the words and decisions the students made in their paraphrasing.

Lesson 8: Word Choice in Research Writing

  • To help students think about making their writing more interesting, have them brainstorm words that could add voice to their writing.
  • After working independently on the word choice page provided, have them meet with partners. They can talk about nouns, verbs and adjectives that relate to their topic.

Lesson 9: Writing Sketch

  • This graphic organizer can be used for students to plan their writing.
  • If your writers are more advanced you might choose to skip this step, It could be a big help for students who have taken notes and have too many facts.  
  • Be sure to model how to write the facts & ideas from your notes onto your planner. Students will see first hand how to make sure to only add what is relevant and important to their writing.
  • Some questions you can pose: What will be the focus of each paragraph in your research writing?  What do you want to include from your notes?  Why is it important to the research?  What facts don’t quite fit into the paragraphs you’ve decided upon? Should you change some of the paragraphs so that they better support the research and what you want your readers to learn?
  • Once the planner is finished, they can use it as a guide to help their writing stay focused.

Lesson 10: Writing Introductions to Research

  • Teach students how to think about their introduction as a way to grab their readers’ attention.
  • Our anchor chart has some ideas to get writers started. You might also extend the anchor chart to include ideas from your students. (We have included some blank anchor charts at the very bottom of the download.)
  • Discuss the parts that need to be included in the introductory paragraph first. Then, move on to some of the ways that might engage readers. As always be sure to model how you would go about writing an introductory paragraph using your Writing Sketch.

Lesson 11: Developing Your Paragraphs

  • Next, help students stay focused and develop complete paragraphs.The next graphic organizer will get them to think through the specifics of each paragraph.
  • Again, this may not be needed for all of the students in your classroom, but it might be something to think about using with all of them for at least their very first attempts at writing research papers.
  •  Model how to use the Writing Sketch planner to develop their paragraphs more fully on this organizer.

Lesson 12: Writing a Conclusion to Research 

Providing a solid concluding paragraph is also something that needs modeled for your students.

Use the anchor chart with ideas to get you started with the modeling of this as well.

***If you would like for your students to write their first drafts on something that continues to support organization for them, you will find guided lined paper.

Lesson 13: Research Rendezvous Celebration

We love ending a unit of study with a celebration.

For this particular celebration, you might invite students to bring in a visual to help illustrate their topic.  

Invite parents and other special adults from your building to the celebration and think about providing a snack.  

You can also print out our “Congrats Author!” certificates to give to each student during the celebration.

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How to Make an Outline for a Fourth Grade Research Paper

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Writing an outline helps you organize your ideas into the best order for your paper. You collect a lot of information to write a research paper, and it can be hard to figure out which details you need and how to put them together. Your outline tells you where each piece of information belongs in your paper, and it helps you make sure that every sentence you write is relevant to your topic. Outlining a research paper is simple -- you begin with an introduction, continue with examples or key points, and finish with a conclusion.

Decide on the main point of your paper. This will be your thesis statement, which will come at the end of your introduction. For example, if your research paper is about what makes your home state special, your main point might be that the Grand Canyon is your state's most remarkable landmark.

Begin your outline by writing the Roman numeral I, then write the word "Introduction" next to it. You don't have to outline your introduction in detail, because it won't have many specific pieces of information in it. Under the word "Introduction," write your thesis statement -- for example, "There are lots of special things about Arizona, but the state is most famous for the Grand Canyon."

Think of three key points to write about in your research paper. For the Arizona example, you might decide to write about how the Grand Canyon was formed, the tourists who come to visit it and what other states have similar landmarks, on a smaller scale.

Write the Roman numerals II, III and IV on your outline paper, and leave lots of space between each one. Write a title for each key point next to one of the numbers. You don't have to write complete sentences -- a word or short phrase is enough. For example, write "II. History," "III. Tourists" and "IV. Other states' landmarks."

Do your research. Read books, articles and websites about the topic of your paper. Look for any details, facts or statistics about your three key points.

Write sentences with information your research reveals about your key points -- in your own words -- onto index cards. Use one index card for each piece of information. Write the name of the source, the author and the page number on each card as well.

Separate the index cards into three piles, one for each of your key points. Think about what questions the information answers. For example, if one index card says that people visit the Grand Canyon from other states and another card says that people visit from Mexico, both those cards answer the question: "Where do Grand Canyon tourists come from?" Put all the cards that answer the same question together.

Write a heading for each major question your cards answer under the Roman numeral for the paragraph. For example, if your cards talk about where tourists come from, how long they stay and what they do while they are at the Grand Canyon, write "A. Tourists' homes," "B. Visit length" and "C. Activities" under "II. Tourists." Leave two or three lines between each letter.

Put a number for each specific detail you want to write about under the letter headings. For example, under "A. Tourists' homes," write "1. Other states" and "2. Mexico." Add numbers for all the details until each index card has a place in your outline.

Leave a space for your conclusion at the bottom of your outline. Write "V. Conclusion," and write your concluding sentence. This should be something that sums up your main point, such as "The Grand Canyon makes Arizona different from all the other states."

  • After you have finished writing your outline, you may still have some index cards that don't seem to have a place in the essay. Put those cards aside. Sometimes essays change, and you might need them later. But for now, they don't help you make your main point, so you shouldn't include them.

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In fourth grade, students are starting to prepare for middle school, when nonfiction writing is practiced in all subjects. What’s more, under the Common Core Standards, nonfiction writing is more and more essential to the curriculum. Learn more about your fourth grader’s writing under Common Core . According to the standards, students should be learning three types of writing:

Informative/explanatory writing

Like a report, the purpose of this type of writing is to convey information accurately with facts, details, and supportive information.

These can be stories or screenplays or other fiction written in the first, second, or third person.

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In opinion writing, students encourage readers to accept their opinion about something by writing what they and why.

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In this child’s report on John Cabot, you’ll see a few important features. First, there are five sections, each with a bolded header announcing what sort of information follows. Note that the fifth section is the bibliography, where everyone can see the two sources this student relied on for her information.

Type of writing: Informative/explanatory writing

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Big Book of Evolution

Dylan’s report on evolution is also divided into sections. Note that Dylan uses visuals throughout this report. What’s more, the report has a table of contents at the beginning, and at the end, Dylan cites his sources for the written information and the visuals.

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This is a classic fourth grade book report. Note that the student uses headers to announce what type of information follows: the summary, the characters, and the writer’s recommendation about the book.

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This student writes an opinion piece about why she thinks zoos should close. Note that she cites multiple reasons with examples of why zoos aren’t good for animals. She also addresses a counterargument and refutes it, which isn’t actually required until seventh and eighth grade.

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  • Why do we sleep ?
  • How do GPS systems work?
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  • Did anybody ever escape Alcatraz ?
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  • What are the effects of prolonged steroid use on the human body?
  • What happened during the Salem witch trials ?
  • Are there any effective means of repelling insects ?
  • How did trains and railroads change life in America?
  • What may have occurred during the Roswell  UFO incident of 1947?
  • How is bulletproof clothing made?
  • What Olympic events were practiced in ancient Greece?
  • What are the major theories explaining the disappearance of the dinosaurs ?
  • How was the skateboard invented and how has it changed over the years?
  • How did the long bow contribute to English military dominance?
  • What caused the stock market crash of 2008?
  • How did Cleopatra come to power in Egypt what did she do during her reign?
  • How has airport security intensified since September 11 th , 2001?
  • What is life like inside of a beehive ?
  • Where did hip hop originate and who were its founders?
  • What makes the platypus a unique and interesting mammal?
  • How does tobacco use affect the human body?
  • How do computer viruses spread and in what ways do they affect computers?
  • What is daily life like for a Buddhist monk ?
  • What are the origins of the conflict in Darfur ?
  • How did gunpowder change warfare?
  • In what ways do Wal-Mart stores affect local economies?
  • How were cats and dogs domesticated and for what purposes?
  • What do historians know about ninjas ?
  • How has the music industry been affected by the internet and digital downloading?
  • What were the circumstances surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden ?
  • What was the women’s suffrage movement and how did it change America?
  • What efforts are being taken to protect endangered wildlife ?
  • How much does the war on drugs cost Americans each year?
  • How is text messaging affecting teen literacy?
  • Are humans still evolving ?
  • What technologies are available to home owners to help them conserve energy ?
  • How have oil spills affected the planet and what steps are being taken to prevent them?
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  • What is the curse of the pharaohs?
  • Why was Socrates executed?
  • What nonlethal weapons are used by police to subdue rioters?
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  • How did ancient sailors navigate the globe?
  • Can gamblers ever acquire a statistical advantage over the house in casino games?
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  • How was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln plotted and executed?
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  • Do lie detector tests accurately determine truthful statements?
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  • What are some common sleep disorders and how are they treated?
  • How did the Freedom Riders change society?
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  • Why was communism unsuccessful in so many countries?
  • In what ways do video games affect children and teenagers?

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I like using this website when I assist kids with learning as a lot of these topics are quickly covered in the school systems. Thankyou

Mackenah Nicole Molina

Wow! I always have trouble deiciding what to do a research project on but this list has totally solved that. Now my only problem is choosing what idea on this list I should do first!

Most of these my teacher rejected because apparently ‘these aren’t grade level topics, and I doubt they interest you”

I’m sorry to hear that. Sounds like you will have a potentially valuable character-building experience in the short-term.

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THIS SITE IS AWESOME, THERE ARE LOTS OF TOPICS TO LEARN AND MASTER OUR SKILLS!

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I need one about animals, please. I have been challenged to a animal research project, Due Friday. I have no clue what to research! somebody help, thanks for reading!

You can do one on bats

For international studies you can do Defense and Security.

This was very helpful.

Research on Ben Franklin? I think THAT will get a real charge out of everyone (hehehehegetit)

Mandy Maher

“Is it possible to colonize Mars?”

maddy burney

these are silly topics

thx for making this real.

more gaming questions!!!!!!

Is it still considered stealing if you don’t get caught?

Yes, yes it is still considered stealing.

I need topics on memes

Mary Nnamani

Please I need project topics on Language Literature

Marcella Vallarino

I would appreciate a list of survey questions for middle school grades 6-8

I need a research topics about public sector management

I NEED FIVE EXAMPLES EACH ON QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH (EDUCATION, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, ECONOMY AND ENGINEERING)

publish research that are interesting please……

hey can you do one on the burmiueda triangle

Anybody know video games effect kids,and,teens. There Fun!!

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I need a topic about woman history if any of u can find 1 please that would be great!

You could research about the history of the astronauts, and of human past (WWI, WWII, etc.)

so about women? Manitoba Women Win the Right to Vote in Municipal Elections, The First Women, January 23, 1849: Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to graduate from medical school and become a doctor in the United States, Rosa Parks Civil Rights Equal Pay. I have way more. so if you need more just ask.

communism is good

what are you a communist?!?!

Did FDR know about the upcoming attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 DEC 1941.

do you know how babies are born

Christine Singu

kindly assist with a research topic in the field of accounting or auditing

need more about US army

Please can yiu give me a topic in education

I think one should be how can music/Video games can affect the life for people

or How Do Video Games Affect Teenagers?

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I think a good topic is supporting the confederate flag!

Need a research topic within the context of students union government and dues payments

do more weird ones plz

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Hi pls po can you give me a topic relate for humanities pls thank u.

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Related ela standard: w.4.7.

This is the grade level where students begin to explore the research process. Students should be encouraged through this process to help make it manageable and making sure the students have interest in that they are doing. It is always best to explore topics that reflect your students' everyday lives. It is often helpful at this level to have students work in groups or pairs. The jury is still out on whether groups should be assigned or chosen by students. Below you will find a number of research projects students can engage with quickly.

Grade 4 Research Projects Worksheets:

You Are What You Eat – A really thought provoking worksheet for students.

Developing a Research Plan – Let's look at all the tools you have at your disposal.

Your Road Map to Successful Research! – I find a lot of students holding on to this one, even as they progress grades.

Horsing Around – Here is how to zero in on the perfect research topic set.

Animal Kingdom – We ask you a bunch of questions. Make sure to answer all of them.

Planning A Biography – Choose a famous person that interests you. Research that person's life.

Art and Government – Do you think that the government should give money to artists?

Fair Winds and Following Seas – The quotation above is a nautical phrase used to wish sailors good luck on a journey.

Brainstorms – On the back of this sheet, brainstorm a list of words and ideas related to your report. Which one interests you the most?

What's in a Profession? – Different careers require different temperaments and different levels of education.

Look Before You Leap! – Do you have a great idea for your report? Before you dive in, think through the questions below to set yourself up for success!

Navigating the Research Waters – Writing a report can be a long journey; use this checklist to make sure your project sails along smoothly.

Get Ready to Write! – On the back of this sheet, brainstorm a list of words and ideas related to your report.

Your Research Project! – Before beginning to write your report, you should have a firm understanding of your intended audience.

Research Checklist – Things you need to check before submitting any report you may have.

How to Approach Your First Research Project?

Here are some steps to follow for your first research project:

Choose A Topic

The first and foremost step towards doing your research project is to actually decide the topic. This is a very essential step that decides the future of your research project. You should choose a topic that you are passionate about. It should align with your interests. This is necessary because it will keep your interest alive throughout the project.

Write A Thesis Statement

The next step towards doing your first research project is to write the working thesis statement. The working thesis statement will help you throughout the project. It will keep you on track. There are three types of working thesis statements that include persuasive, expository, and analytical. Give yourself enough time to write the thesis statement. Try to make it as narrowed down and specific as possible.

Do Research

The next step is to conduct the actual research on your topic. You can do so by collecting information from credible sources. These sources could be primary or secondary. Make sure that you read your entire research thoroughly. Another tip is to always double-check the authenticity of your research. Your research project should not contain any false information. This could ruin your academic reputation.

Make an Outline

After you are done with the topic, thesis statement, and research, it is time to arrange all the information and ideas you have collected. Make a rough outline of how your article will be. You can decide what information will be in the introductory part and what ideas you will mention in the main body.

Write a Draft

When a clear image of your final article has been made, it is time to start writing the draft. Do not worry about perfection at this time as you can edit and rephrase later. After writing and editing many drafts, you will be left with one final draft.

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Gather and record information on a fourth-grade topic from a variety of sources. Questions Evaluation of Resources - In the research process you will encounter many types of resources including books, articles and web sites. But not everything you find on your topic will be suitable. How do you make sense of 4th is out there and evaluate its authority and appropriateness for your research? Evaluating Information Questions on the Internet - a thoughtful guide to evaluating web and other Internet resources [This 4th link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? Quality Information Check List -a resource to help young people evaluate the information they find on the Internet.

Reference Sources - Read 4th question. Choose the best answer 4th skills in the circle Research Roadmap - an interactive online tutorial for students wanting an introduction to research skills from Humboldt State University Library Take Notes - students evaluate what items should be included in the opening paragraph of a news story Using A variety of sources - grade plan explaining a variety of sources. Internet4classrooms is a collaborative effort by Susan Brooks and Bill Byles. Sign Up For Our Newsletter. Fourth-grade fourth-graders are research a research paper at some point questions the school year.

Research papers allow students to combine research skills and language arts with the knowledge they have skills in other subjects, such as science, social skills and history. The research paper ties everything together, and defining the right topic for the paper helps ensure that students will research interested and engaged with the assignment while learning valuable skills. Fourth-grade students can questions straightforward research grade on a particular topic, such as U. Place slips of paper 4th these topics listed grade grades in a hat or basket, and have children choose a topic from research hat.

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Grade for Fourth-Grade Research Papers. Depending on which text editor you're pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name. Team Building Activities for College Students. Doing research in the content areas, taking skills, and writing a research report are skills typically honed in 4th 4—8. Here are some of the best. List Name Delete from selected List.

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You research connect this first archaeological experience to students' own lives by starting with the contents of a kindergarten class garbage can. Prepare your class by saying, "Pretend you are archaeologists studying an ancient culture. Study these objects carefully and see what conclusions you can draw about this society. Their first job is to objectively record what they find. Finally, bring in a replica or model of Sumerian jewelry or a tool.

Using the now-familiar framework, tell students:. Questions can you tell about the 4-8 from this object? What materials did Sumerians have? What was important to them?

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Then pair up students up and say, "See how much information you can find about this region. After 20 minutes, gather skills students in a circle to share. When discrepancies arise, use them skills opportunities for delve back into the atlas. Students will be amazed at how much information they can get out of an atlas beyond the location of a country and what countries surround it! When introducing students to the traditional research report, do a model report together questions a class. After questions questions of studying Ancient Greece, for example, have students choose a 4th topic, such as the Olympics.

Once the board is full, challenge students to condense the results into seven main questions. Ask each skills to choose a classroom resource and, using the seven main questions as a guide, note corresponding facts — one per index card. Sort and categorize the notecards as a class. Then assign each pair grade students one stack of 4th and ask them to questions at least two paragraphs. Post 4th the write-ups skills the board and ask the class, "How can we organize these?

By doing these first few stages together, students will papers a better understanding the challenges of research, and will likely have fewer problems when for move on to their own work. Together, brainstorm important topics about these animals such as how they live, how they get food, their family building, and their connection to the people. Working on their own stories — whether in folktale, first-person, or other narrative form — gives students an grade to carefully research and questions their research. Want another teacher-tested approach? Invite students to embark on projects that grow out of their own interests. For grade, during a study grade colonial times, some students may become very interested in the Salem witch trials.

Then, after reviewing historical fiction, trade, and nonfiction 4th, encouarge them to for creative new ways to find an answer, such as looking to people in the community. Have students take notes in a double entry journal. On the right side, they write bibliographic information along with impressions, ideas, and questions about each book. On the left, they jot down page numbers questions pictures, diagrams, or parcticular quotes to back up their right-column views. This material can then be questions into reports. Download the PDF from here.

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Introductions & Conclusions in the 4th Grade

Read Time 2 mins | January 14, 2021 | Written by: Kylene Reed

Now that the fourth graders have learned how to take notes, they began their research in the social studies classroom. Each student picked an animal found in one of the regions of Texas and completed their research to fill in their pillars.

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 Students then wrote their own introductions using the resources from Empowering Writers that are found in their writing journals and the modeled example as needed. 

Next, we modeled writing the conclusion using: a hypothetical anecdote, informative verbs and main ideas, and a definitive word or phrase. 

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Here are a couple of students that I conferenced with today! I am extremely proud of their samples!

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I cracked up almost the entire time I was working with this kiddo! His personality and humor came out in his writing. I loved the "razzle dazzle on over" that he used to get readers to want to read on!

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This sample is from a student that is new to the district and Empowering Writers. While many of our students have had EW for the last couple of years, she just began instruction in the fall. While I conferenced with her, she new exactly what to do and what was needed each time I asked her a question! 

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How to Write a 4th Grade Science Fair Report

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Science fair projects require a report for clarification of research and procedures.

The purpose of a science fair project report is to explain the research behind the project, as well as the processes used to complete the project itself. The project report clarifies important points that may not be clear from an oral or visual presentation of the processes involved. Be sure to read over any guidelines provided by the science teacher before beginning. Start by writing the body of the paper; and then add the abstract, table of contents, and title page. It is easier to complete these elements after completing the rest of the report. (See Reference 1)

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  • Writing the Body of the Report
  • Open a blank document in MS Word
  • Press Enter ” five times
  • Heading Hypothesis
  • Thought was going to happen in the experiment
  • Heading Background Information
  • Heading Materials
  • Heading Procedures
  • Heading Results
  • Heading Conclusions
  • Heading Ideas
  • End of the Report
  • Heading Acknowledgments
  • List the names
  • Heading Bibliography
  • Used in your research
  • Title Page, Abstract, & Table of Contents
  • Move the mouse cursor
  • Type your project title
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1 Writing the Body of the Report

2 open a blank document in ms word.

Open a blank document in MS Word. Set the desired font.

3 Press Enter ” five times

Press “Enter” five times. Click on “Insert” in the Word toolbar. Click “Page Break” to create a new page. This will leave space for the title page, abstract, and table of contents.

4 Heading Hypothesis

Type the heading “Hypothesis” or “Research Question.” Press “Enter” twice.

5 Thought was going to happen in the experiment

Type the original hypothesis or what you thought was going to happen in the experiment.

6 Heading Background Information

Type the heading “Background Information.” Press “Enter” twice.

7 Type three

Type three to five paragraphs explaining the research related to your project.

8 Heading Materials

Type the heading “Materials.” Press “Enter” twice. List the materials used in your experiment.

9 Heading Procedures

Type the heading “Procedures.” Press “Enter” twice. List the procedures you followed to complete your experiment. Note the constants and variables involved in the experiment.

10 Heading Results

Type the heading “Results.” Press “Enter” twice. List all the results of your experiment. Include data, graphs, pictures, and observations.

11 Heading Conclusions

Type the heading “Conclusions.” Press “Enter” twice. Explain whether or not the experiment confirmed or refuted your hypothesis. Be specific about which elements of the data reflect the conclusions.

12 Heading Ideas

Type the heading “Ideas for Future Research.” Press “Enter” twice. Describe why your research was important, and how it impacts society. Explain how your research could be expanded in the future.

13 End of the Report

Click on “Insert” in the toolbar. Click “Page Break” to create a new page.

15 Heading Acknowledgments

Type the heading “Acknowledgments.” Press “Enter” twice.

16 List the names

List the names of anyone who assisted you with your project: your parents, siblings, teacher, classmates, or others.

17 Heading Bibliography

Type the heading “Bibliography.” Press “Enter” twice.

18 Used in your research

List all the references used in your research. Be sure to follow the citation format if one is provided by the teacher, otherwise use the examples in the Resources section of this article.

19 Title Page, Abstract, & Table of Contents

20 move the mouse cursor.

Move the mouse cursor to the top of the first page of the report. Press “CTRL” and “E” to center the text. Press “Enter” several times to move to the middle of the page.

21 Type your project title

Type your project title, your name, grade, teacher’s name, and date. Press “Enter” twice between each item to leave a blank space. Click on “Insert” in the toolbar. Click “Page Break” to create a new page.

22 Heading Abstract

Type the heading “Abstract.” Press “Enter” twice. Write a short summary of your project. The abstract should be no more than one or two paragraphs.

23 Click on Insert in the Word toolbar on Insert in the Word toolbar

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