Lesson Plan

Research: Where to Find the Answers

This lesson introduces students to a variety of resources that they can use when doing research. It will also help them differentiate between print and digital sources and how to use each.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will identify print and digital sources and successfully use them to find information.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
My Research Notes
  • Explain to your students that they are going to research, or investigate, a question.
  • On the board, create a class brainstorming list of all the resources that can be used to look up information. For example, students can use an encyclopedia, read books, and search for information online.

Beginning

  • Provide a student-friendly definition for the key term "research" in (L2) and/or in students' home language (L1).

Intermediate

  • Show students examples of some of the resources that are brainstormed by the class (i.e., a physical encyclopedia and an online encyclopedia).