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About This Lesson Plan

GRADE
4

DURATION
40

UNIT PLAN
American Journeys: California

Conducting Research

An Amtrak train speeds along.
An Amtrak train speeds along.

Write informational research reports

OBJECTIVE
Write informational research reports

MATERIALS

  • Pen or pencil
  • Writing paper
  • Library books
  • Magazines and/or Web sites about trains

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Conducting Research Reproducible

DIRECTIONS

1. Distribute the Conducting Research student reproducible (PDF) and read it aloud with the class.

2. Explain to students that they will be writing a research report about trains. Review the list of trains and discuss how each train functions differently and has mechanical features that make it unique.

3. Discuss that it is important to begin the research process by reviewing resources and writing a basic outline.

4. Have students begin their research in class by asking them to read books, magazines, or check Web sites about trains.

5. For homework, have students complete their outlines and share them with the class the next day.

Wrap-up: Using your outline, write a research report about one mechanical feature of a train that interests you. Present your report to the class.

 


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