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Research Projects, Revisited
November 11, 2010
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Beyond Penguins is funded by the National Science Foundation
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Research Projects, Revisited
Download these slides at:
http://slidesha.re/researchprojects
Today’s presenter
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Education Resource Specialist
The Ohio State University
College of Education and Human Ecology
School of Teaching and Learning
fries-gaither.1@osu.edu
About Beyond Penguins and Polar
Bears
•Online magazine
•Professional and
instructional
resources
•Science and
literacy integration
•Aligned to national
standards
•Multimedia
http://beyondpenguins.nsdl.org
Today’s Agenda
• The role of research in the ELA Standards
• Challenges and solutions for research projects
with elementary students
Research and the ELA Standards
“Students conduct research on issues and
interests by generating ideas and questions,
and by posing problems. They gather,
evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety
of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts,
artifacts, people) to communicate their
discoveries in ways that suit their purpose
and audience.”
-Standards for the English Language Arts
What’s most challenging about
research projects?
A. Students are disorganized!
B. Plagiarism
C. Students aren’t motivated to
do their best work.
D. Assessing student work is
difficult.
E.Other Answer using the poll buttons
underneath the participant
window!
Students view research as a
rigid, prescriptive process.
Challenge
School Assignment
Library/Web
Report
•Contrived, artificial purpose
•Set procedure to be followed
•Reference books are only
source of information
•Rigid and restrictive rules
•End result is a letter grade
Redefine/restructure research
projects.
Solution
•Authentic questions
•Multiple sources of data
•Hands-on investigations
•Observations
•Interviews
•Text
•Creative problem solving
•Authentic, meaningful
product
•Grade is only part of the
end result
“Students need to learn creative
and multifaceted approaches to
research and inquiry. The ability
to identify good topics, to gather
information, and to evaluate,
assemble, and interpret findings
from among the many general
and specialized information
sources now available to them is
one of the most vital skills that
students can acquire.”
- Standards for the English
Language Arts
Challenge Students have trouble
organizing information.
World’s Messiest Office Cubicle
Discovered in Colorado
Jeffrey Beall, Flickr
Solution
Provide an organizational tool that helps
students sort information.
Manila folder with
eight library card
pockets attached to
inside of the folder.
Labels reflect type of
information to be
stored in each
pocket.
Notes are taken on
index cards and
stored in pockets.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/9SGf7o
Students tend to copy from books
and web sites when taking
notes.
Challenge
Computer class
Woodley Wonderworks, Flickr
Teach students to take “JOT notes.”
Solution
Learn more at http://bit.ly/9SGf7o
Sample index card about a yak.
JOT = just or one two
No more than three words
per line!
Provide materials at appropriate
reading levels for all students.Solution
•Reading levels
above and below
your grade
•Variety of nonfiction
genres and formats
•Teach students to
use “5 finger rule” to
self-select books
•Teach students to
use glossaries and
dictionaries
•Teach students to
skim
Students don’t want to use
multiple sources or fact check
information.
Challenge
Day 60 of 366
The evil monkey, Flickr
Conduct idea circles as part of
the research process.
Solution
•Small group researches a
topic or question
•Within a small group, each
student selects a book
according to interest/reading
level
•No books repeated within a
group
•Students read and share
information
•Group completes one graphic
organizer compiling their
information
Graphic organizer available at:
http://bit.ly/clDosr
What we learned Where we found it
Students struggle to form
sentences and paragraphs
from their research.
Challenge
Homework Ritual
Woodley Wonderworks,
Flickr
Model and practice sentence building. Include
time for students to practice orally before
committing thoughts to paper.
Solution
Learn more at http://bit.ly/crpd39
Students aren’t motivated to do
their best work. Research
reports are tedious!
Challenge
Finished
Chris Blakeley, Flickr
Consider alternate
formats.
Solution
•Alphabet (ABC) books
•Letters
•Question and Answer
books
•VoiceThreads
•Blog posts
•Wiki pages
Second grade writing class
Woodley Wonderworks,
Flickr
Student writing is “flat.”Challenge
Taking a Test
Peruisay, Flickr
Use children’s literature as “mentor texts” to
help students learn how to write engaging
expository text.
Solution
Nonfiction Writing From the Inside Out
By Laura Robb
Assessment
What will you assess?
•Completion
•Writing style
•Mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation)
•Number of sources
•Supporting materials (notes, outline, etc)
How will you assess?
•Rubric
Will students self-assess during writing process?
Coming Soon!
Thursday, December 9, 2010: Citizen Science and
Inquiry
If you have a schoolyard habitat or garden and would
like fresh ideas about how to use it, or are simply
interested in getting your students outside to
experience their environment in meaningful and
educational ways, this session is for you!
Presenter: Jennifer Fee
http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars
Thank you!
Jessica Fries-Gaither: fries-gaither.1@osu.edu
Today’s slides available at:
http://slidesha.re/researchprojects
Archived recording at:
http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars

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Research Projects, Revisited

  • 1. Research Projects, Revisited November 11, 2010 Jessica Fries-Gaither Beyond Penguins is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0733024.
  • 2. A – Classroom Teacher B – Librarian C – Administrator D – Higher Education E - Other Answer using the poll buttons underneath the participant window! What best describes your professional position?
  • 3. What grade(s) do you teach? A – Grades K-2 B – Grades 3-5 C – Grades 6-8 D – Grades 9-12 E - Other Answer using the poll buttons underneath the participant window!
  • 4. From where are you joining us today? Answer using the stamping tool to the left of the whiteboard!
  • 5. Research Projects, Revisited Download these slides at: http://slidesha.re/researchprojects
  • 6. Today’s presenter Jessica Fries-Gaither Education Resource Specialist The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology School of Teaching and Learning fries-gaither.1@osu.edu
  • 7. About Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears •Online magazine •Professional and instructional resources •Science and literacy integration •Aligned to national standards •Multimedia http://beyondpenguins.nsdl.org
  • 8. Today’s Agenda • The role of research in the ELA Standards • Challenges and solutions for research projects with elementary students
  • 9. Research and the ELA Standards “Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.” -Standards for the English Language Arts
  • 10. What’s most challenging about research projects? A. Students are disorganized! B. Plagiarism C. Students aren’t motivated to do their best work. D. Assessing student work is difficult. E.Other Answer using the poll buttons underneath the participant window!
  • 11. Students view research as a rigid, prescriptive process. Challenge School Assignment Library/Web Report •Contrived, artificial purpose •Set procedure to be followed •Reference books are only source of information •Rigid and restrictive rules •End result is a letter grade
  • 12. Redefine/restructure research projects. Solution •Authentic questions •Multiple sources of data •Hands-on investigations •Observations •Interviews •Text •Creative problem solving •Authentic, meaningful product •Grade is only part of the end result “Students need to learn creative and multifaceted approaches to research and inquiry. The ability to identify good topics, to gather information, and to evaluate, assemble, and interpret findings from among the many general and specialized information sources now available to them is one of the most vital skills that students can acquire.” - Standards for the English Language Arts
  • 13. Challenge Students have trouble organizing information. World’s Messiest Office Cubicle Discovered in Colorado Jeffrey Beall, Flickr
  • 14. Solution Provide an organizational tool that helps students sort information. Manila folder with eight library card pockets attached to inside of the folder. Labels reflect type of information to be stored in each pocket. Notes are taken on index cards and stored in pockets. Learn more at http://bit.ly/9SGf7o
  • 15. Students tend to copy from books and web sites when taking notes. Challenge Computer class Woodley Wonderworks, Flickr
  • 16. Teach students to take “JOT notes.” Solution Learn more at http://bit.ly/9SGf7o Sample index card about a yak. JOT = just or one two No more than three words per line!
  • 17. Provide materials at appropriate reading levels for all students.Solution •Reading levels above and below your grade •Variety of nonfiction genres and formats •Teach students to use “5 finger rule” to self-select books •Teach students to use glossaries and dictionaries •Teach students to skim
  • 18. Students don’t want to use multiple sources or fact check information. Challenge Day 60 of 366 The evil monkey, Flickr
  • 19. Conduct idea circles as part of the research process. Solution •Small group researches a topic or question •Within a small group, each student selects a book according to interest/reading level •No books repeated within a group •Students read and share information •Group completes one graphic organizer compiling their information Graphic organizer available at: http://bit.ly/clDosr What we learned Where we found it
  • 20. Students struggle to form sentences and paragraphs from their research. Challenge Homework Ritual Woodley Wonderworks, Flickr
  • 21. Model and practice sentence building. Include time for students to practice orally before committing thoughts to paper. Solution Learn more at http://bit.ly/crpd39
  • 22. Students aren’t motivated to do their best work. Research reports are tedious! Challenge Finished Chris Blakeley, Flickr
  • 23. Consider alternate formats. Solution •Alphabet (ABC) books •Letters •Question and Answer books •VoiceThreads •Blog posts •Wiki pages Second grade writing class Woodley Wonderworks, Flickr
  • 24. Student writing is “flat.”Challenge Taking a Test Peruisay, Flickr
  • 25. Use children’s literature as “mentor texts” to help students learn how to write engaging expository text. Solution Nonfiction Writing From the Inside Out By Laura Robb
  • 26. Assessment What will you assess? •Completion •Writing style •Mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation) •Number of sources •Supporting materials (notes, outline, etc) How will you assess? •Rubric Will students self-assess during writing process?
  • 27. Coming Soon! Thursday, December 9, 2010: Citizen Science and Inquiry If you have a schoolyard habitat or garden and would like fresh ideas about how to use it, or are simply interested in getting your students outside to experience their environment in meaningful and educational ways, this session is for you! Presenter: Jennifer Fee http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars
  • 28. Thank you! Jessica Fries-Gaither: fries-gaither.1@osu.edu Today’s slides available at: http://slidesha.re/researchprojects Archived recording at: http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars

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