Grades 3-6 Research Projects

Currently, all of my students in grades 3-6 are involved in research projects during their library instruction time.  Each grade level’s project ties into either a social studies or science topic that they are discussing this year during classroom instruction.

Third Grade

These students are working on finding information about the solar system and individual planets.  They have used World Book Online for Kids and well as the print version of the encyclopedia.

Fourth Grade

Students in this grade are just beginning to research the different biomes that are found around the world.  They will be finding out about what biomes are, as well as researching three specific types of biomes.

Fifth Grade

This group of students is researching different patriots from the American Revolution, as well as the famous battles that they participated in.  For their information, they are using World Book Online Student version.

Sixth Grade

The sixth grade classes are researching immigration, specifically the experience of coming through Ellis Island.  They are using World Book Online as well as an interactive tour of Ellis Island, which is on Scholastic, Inc’s website.

After completing their research, all of the students will be creating a final project using their Google Drive accounts.

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky

Around Thanksgiving, students read the new poetry book by Jack Prelutsky called Stardines Swim High Across the Sky.  This funny book blends words together to create new animals.  For example, from the title, star and sardine became stardine.  After reading the book, older students created their own, new animals.  Below are some examples.

My made up animal is a “sunkey”.  It is a very bright yellow monkey that shines up a day and is very smart.  When it gets mad, it fires up and gets flamed up.  Kendall, Gr. 6

 

“Teabras” like tea.  They always have tea time day and night.  They make their tea just right.  Quinn, Gr. 6

 

“Cabbit”- It is a rabbit that is a cab. So it takes people where they need to go.  Hope, Gr. 6

 

“Tion”

Tions tie their own shoes,

And tie the ropes on balloons.

Tions don’t like, but they tie all day

And they say hey if it doesn’t stay.  Dru, Gr. 6

 

Cow + Flounder=Cownder

The Cownder moo in the sea and swim on the grass.  The Cownder sits on the boat when the sailors catch it.  Devyn, Gr. 5

 

“Colden Retriever”

A colden retriever is always cold.  They have coats on in summer and in winter.  They will never be warm, even in the sun.  Colden retrievers are always very cold.  Isaac, Gr. 6

“White Fail Deer”

A white fail deer is a deer that tries doing things but every time it does something fails.  That is why it is called a white fail deer. Zach, Gr. 6

“Sing Cobra”

They sing and sing all day.  You can ask why they sing but they will not say.  Idris, Gr. 6

Meanwhile, the younger students read the poems, but did not get to see the illustrations.  They practiced their visualization skills by imagining what these new animals would look like and providing their own illustrations.

The animals shown are their interpretations of what a “fountain lion” and a “jollyfish” may look like.

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