Module 31: Planning a Research Project - Course Guide

Module Overview:

Planning a Research Project: In this unit, students will learn some common steps and strategies for completing a research project, including how to start the process. Students will learn how choose a good topic for a research project. Students will create a plan for completing a research project. Students will learn how to incorporate what they already know into a research report.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 11: Practice 1 None
2 Steps to Research independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Your Research Topic independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Your Research Plan 7 file folders
independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Knowledge and Experience independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 11: Practice 1
2 Steps to Research
  1. Define research and describe the steps involved.
3 Your Research Topic
  1. Identify the characteristics of a good research question.
  2. Generate ideas for research questions.
  3. Select the best research question from among several options.
4 Your Research Plan
  1. Plan a research project that investigates several aspects of a topic.
5 Knowledge and Experience
  1. Describe the role of perspective and personal experience in completing a research project.
  2. Recall and explain information from an experience relevant to a research topic.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
research topic
research question
stock market

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
3 Your Research Topic 5 My Research Question Assignment
5 Knowledge and Experience 3 My Personal Experience Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 11: Practice 1 To prepare for the Spelling 11: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Steps to Research
3 Your Research Topic
4 Your Research Plan
5 Knowledge and Experience

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Steps to Research
  1. What is research?
Your Research Topic
  1. How do you decide what to research?
Your Research Plan
  1. Why is it important to plan a research project?
Knowledge and Experience
  1. How does your perspective influence your research project?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Steps to Research Researching: A Dog History
  1. What is research?
  2. What are the different ways you can research information?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing