Plan: The children wrote down a question that they had about dinosaurs on a sticky note and stuck it to a piece of chart paper.
Then, as a class, the students sorted the questions into categories and came up with four general questions that covered all the individual questions they were asking.
- What did they look like?
- What did they eat?
- How did they travel?
- When and where did they live?
Gather: In groups of three, students used information pages that the teacher had found and books to answer their questions on one particular dinosaur.
Organize: Students used a flap book (a folded piece of paper with the top half cut into four flaps. Students wrote the questions on the top flaps and the answers were written on the inside underneath each question) to record the answers to their questions that were driving their research.
Share: The first grade students worked in the computer lab for two days, transferring the information contained in their flap books into Google Presentations. The first day, they typed everything in. The second day, they added pictures and went back to check for periods and capital letters. They obviously didn’t catch all of their errors, but they did “edit” them.
|from the Velociraptor presentation|
|from the Tyrannosaurus Rex presentation|
|from the Triceratops presentation|
|from the Ankylosaurus presentation|
Evaluate: After each presentation, students in the audience asked questions and offered comments to the presenting students. Student comments included things they liked or found interesting in each presentation.
The classroom teacher evaluated the students by observing them throughout the research process.
After reading about how 1st graders followed the research process of plan, gather, organize, share, and evaluate to learn more about dinosaurs, how could you or have you used the research process with your students?