Thursday, August 31, 2017

Graphic Organizers for Nonfiction Text & Research Projects

Graphic organizers for reading, writing, and science
As educators, we know the importance of research skills. We know students must be able to gather, comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources. So what does this look like in elementary school? What does it look like in K-2? How can we prepare the littlest learners to read (or listen to) nonfiction text and share the information learned in a meaningful way?
Nonfiction text for elementary students starting research
First, we must find the right text and MODEL, MODEL, MODEL. In the primary grades, this can be done through think alouds, where the teacher models her thinking as the class reads the book together. Graphic organizers will help organize information, facts, ideas, questions, etc.
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Comprehension of nonfiction
Love this graphic organizer for How to Survive as a Shark
Graphic organizer for nonfiction text, How to Survive as a Shark
Nonfiction graphic organizer
Fact or Opinion lesson activity
It's not a one and done. It's an ongoing skill that must be modeled and worked on throughout the year, and that's why the research standards are blended throughout. For years, I did animal research projects at the end of first grade. it was more of a separate unit. Although students LOVED it, and they created beautiful projects, I think ongoing BRIEF research opportunities would be even more meaningful. Having the opportunity to dive into interesting nonfiction text and discover new information many times throughout the year is key. 
FREE Activities for research skills
Use the same graphic organizers with additional nonfiction texts. 
Model through think alouds.
Let students work in small groups to discover new texts.
Kick start student research projects.
Send blank printables home to help parents as they work with primary students on their research projects.
Free printable for student research
How to Survive as Shark Activities and Printables FREE

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