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Independent Research Project

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BrainHi Great Brains!

During the next eight weeks, you will complete a Great Brain Independent Research Project.  Here are some materials you will need for success:

6th Grade Research Project (PPT Introduction)

101 Research Paper Topics (List)

Bibliography Examples (Examples and Link)

Finding a Passion for Research (Choose a Topic Activity)

Great Brain Independent Research Project (Project Description)

Great Brain Independent Research Project – Spanish (Description in Spanish)

Great Brain Independent Research Project Reflection

GATE Showcase Projects 2012 (PPT)

Independent Study Research Cards (How to Organize Your Folder)

Independent Study Research Folder (Picture of Research Folder)

KWL Chart for Research

Online Essay Map (Website to Make Essay Map)

Outline for a Research Paper

Self Evaluation – 5 Paragraph Essay

Self Evaluation – Bibliography

Self Evaluation – Final

Self Reflection – Index Cards

Self Reflection – KWL Chart

Self Evaluation – Outline

Self Evaluation – Table of Contents and Chapter Notes

What is a periodical?

Writing a Research Report (Example of Writing Stages)

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Here are some videos to get your started:

  1. Choose a writing topic for an informational text
  2. Develop a research question
  3. Find answers to research questions by skimming texts for evidence
  4. Plan writing for an informational text
  5. Group research into categories to plan informational writing
  6. Write an introduction for an informational text
  7. Draft an informational, research-based writing
  8. Organize ideas in informational writing using headingsPicture 3
  9. Write a conclusion for an informational text
  10. Add text features to informational writing

Here are some kid-friendly online research sources:

Awesome Library

Encyclopedia Britannica

Fact Monster

ipl2 for Kids

KidsClick Web Search

National Geographic Kids

Scholastic News Weekly Reader (use Ren login)

Scholastic News (Sweet Sounds of Trash)

Time for Kids

Have fun building greater brains, Great Brains!

Ms. Rankin

Bonus Feature:  http://braingames.nationalgeographic.com (It will blow your mind!)

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Exploring the Indus Valley

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This week, we  dig deeper into our research about Ancient India.  At the BBC Primary History Indus Valley website, you will  select an area to explore, research your topic, take notes, analyze pictures, graphics, videos, and timelines, test your knowledge with quizzes, and share key concepts in our comment section of this blog post.

Here is your Primary History – Indus Valley Note-Taking Paper for the research project.

Have fun, sixth-grade scholars / historians!

Israel ~ Destruction and Reconstruction

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Sixth-Grade Scholars,

This week, we begin our Unit of Study on Israel ~ Destruction and Reconstruction.  This four-week unit will integrate our sixth-grade ELA common core standards and our sixth-grade History/Social Studies content standards.  Here are our priority standards for this unit.

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  • Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; summarize the text.
  • Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Writing:

  • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
  • Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify relationships among claims and reasons.
  • With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

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  • Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

History/Social Studies:

  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Ancient 1059-721421Hebrews.

Here are some files we will use in our study.  Check back often, as I will continue to upload files as we proceed.

Documents:

Online Interactive Study Materials:

Dig deep and enjoy the quest, scholars!

Ms. Rankin

4th-Grade Writers Prepare for the Big Mac Attack!

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Look out for the Big Mac Attack  in a fourth-grade classroom near you!  The upcoming Great Brain Independent Research Project requires a five-paragraph essay about a selected topic of interest.  So, our fourth-grade students are taking their delicious writing skills to the next level by organizing and composing a juicy hamburger essay!    In this post, I will enumerate the  components of a five-paragraph (aka “hamburger”) essayprovide examples of each yummy ingredient, and give you some tools to help you with your writing.

A five-paragraph essay includes an introductory paragraph which grabs the reader’s attention and states the thesis, three topic paragraphs that support the paper’s thesis, and a concluding paragraph that summarizes the paper’s main ideas.  Here is a Hamburger Model for 5 paragraph essay:

  1. The top bun: introduction (the grabber/hook) and thesis
  2. The tomatoes: thesis support 1
  3. The lettuce: thesis support 2
  4. The meat: thesis support 3
  5. The bottom bun:  conclusion

An example of a five paragraph essay is this very blog post (how very clever!).  Look at my introductory paragraph.  Do you see the grabber or hook?  Right..Look out for the Big Mac Attack  in a fourth-grade classroom near you!  Now, do you see the thesis?  …In this post, we will 1) enumerate the  components of a five-paragraph (aka “hamburger”) essay, 2) provide examples of each yummy ingredient, and 3) give you some tools to help you with your writing.  My thesis has 3 topics that I can address in the body of my essay.  In my first thesis-supporting paragraph, I listed the components of a five-paragraph essay.  In my second thesis-supporting paragraph (this one you’re reading now :) ), I give you examples of each component.  In my third paragraph, I share some tools to help you write your hamburger essay.  And lastly, my concluding paragraph summarizes the main ideas of this writing.

Now, here are three handy  cooking utensils to help you in your writing kitchen: a hamburger graphic organizer, aHamburger Model for 5 paragraph essay, and the post “How to Write a Hamburger Essay ~ comparing paragraphs and essays to the beloved hamburger.”  After a few rounds of practice with these tools, you will be able to cook up a scrumptious hamburger essay.

In this post, I shared the ingredients of a five-paragraph hamburger essay, I provided specific examples of each ingredient, and I offered a couple of tools to help cook up a delicious essay.  Writing has never been so tasty.  Bon appetit!

CA History Research Crews

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All aboard!  Full steam ahead!  Open House is comin’ round the mountain!!

This year, our Open House theme is 19th Century California History.  Gold Rush Groups and Transcontinental Railroad Crews are right on track!3018

 

Check out this goldmine of materials for our preparation.

19th Century CA History Research Crews – Research Tasks, Performance Tasks, and Sources

CA History Research Crews – Reflection Paper

CA History Research Crews – Choice Card

CA Timeline

Script Last Spike Ceremony

Start of CA Gold Rush (video)



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Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum

Independent Research Project

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BrainHi Great Brains!

During the next four weeks, you will complete a Great Brain Independent Research Project.  Here are some materials you will need for success:

4th Grade Research Writing (PPT)

101 Research Paper Topics (List)

Bibliography Examples (Examples and Link)

Finding a Passion for Research (Choose a Topic Activity)

Great Brain Independent Research Project (Project Description)

Great Brain Independent Research Project – Spanish (Description in Spanish)

Great Brain Independent Research Project Reflection

GATE Showcase Projects 2012 (PPT)

Independent Study Research Cards (How to Organize Your Folder)

Independent Study Research Folder (Picture of Research Folder)

KWL Chart for Research

Online Essay Map (Website to Make Essay Map)

Outline for a Research Paper

Self Evaluation – 5 Paragraph Essay

Self Evaluation – Bibliography

Self Evaluation – Final

Self Reflection – Index Cards

Self Reflection – KWL Chart

Self Evaluation – Outline

Self Evaluation – Table of Contents and Chapter Notes

What is a periodical?

Writing a Research Report (Example of Writing Stages)

Picture 1

Here are some videos to get your started:

  1. Choose a writing topic for an informational text
  2. Develop a research question
  3. Find answers to research questions by skimming texts for evidence
  4. Plan writing for an informational text
  5. Group research into categories to plan informational writing
  6. Write an introduction for an informational text
  7. Draft an informational, research-based writing
  8. Organize ideas in informational writing using headingsPicture 3
  9. Write a conclusion for an informational text
  10. Add text features to informational writing

Here are some kid-friendly online research sources:

Awesome Library

Encyclopedia Britannica

Fact Monster

ipl2 for Kids

KidsClick Web Search

National Geographic Kids

Scholastic News Weekly Reader (use Ren login)

Scholastic News (Sweet Sounds of Trash)

Time for Kids

Have fun building greater brains, Great Brains!

Ms. Rankin

Bonus Feature:  http://braingames.nationalgeographic.com (It will blow your mind!)