LAFS.4.W.3.7

Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 4
Strand: Writing Standards
Idea: Level 4: Extended Thinking &Complex Reasoning
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5002000: Introduction to Computers (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019 (course terminated))
5010010: English for Speakers of Other Languages-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
5010020: Basic Skills in Reading-K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021 (current), 2021 and beyond)
5010030: Functional Basic Skills in Communications-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
5021060: Social Studies Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5010045: Language Arts - Grade Four (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7710015: Access Language Arts - Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
7721015: Access Social Studies - Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5003050: Dance-Intermediate 2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5011040: Library Skills/Information Literacy 4 (Specifically in versions: 2016 and beyond (current))
5002020: Introduction to Computer Science 2 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5010104: Introduction to Debate Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.4.W.3.AP.7a: Follow steps to engage in a short research project (e.g., determine topic, generate research questions, locate information on a topic, organize information related to the topic, draft a permanent product).
LAFS.4.W.3.AP.7b: Build knowledge on topics through continued engagement in research investigation.

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Lesson Plans

Gr. 4 Lesson 2-Wanted - Alive!:

Students will be able to explain the threats to animals in certain Everglades habitats and why they are threatened or endangered. 

Type: Lesson Plan

Rocks:

Students will use their knowledge of minerals and the rock cycle to analyze the rocks on three available sites for a new skate park. After analyzing each rock site, they will write a one page recommendation that will explain the classification of the rock and why it is the best for option for building. In addition, they will create a product plan that contains information on the rocks, their history and their uses. Student groups will present to fellow group members then each student will evaluate the products.

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Classify and Categorize: Using Text Features to Find Information:

This is the second lesson in a fourth grade unit on classification and categorization. In the independent practice activity, students will develop a few research questions on a topic of their choice, conduct research and use text features to identify information relevant to answering each question, take notes, and then sort and organize the information they gathered into an outline. The teacher modeling activity uses the text Animals that Hibernate by Phyllis J. Perry.

Type: Lesson Plan

Classify and Categorize: Writing a Research Report:

This is the third lesson in a fourth grade unit on classification and categorization. Students will use an outline to create a research report. The additional lessons in the unit are attached as related resources.

Type: Lesson Plan

Creating an Outline from Research :

This is the first lesson in a fourth grade unit on categorization and classification. In the independent practice activity, students will develop three research questions, conduct research and take notes to answer each question, and then classify and categorize the information they gathered into an outline form. The teacher modeling section uses the informational text Squanto's Journey by Joseph Bruchac (text not provided) and the guided practice activity uses a text titled "Creepy Cave Crawlers" (text provided with the lesson).

Type: Lesson Plan

Everglades Pollination Contest:

This is a MEA where students act as contest participants to determine the best flower to introduce to the Everglades for pollinators including those that are blind.

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Teaching Ideas

Faces of the Depression:

In this teaching idea, fifth grade students learn about the Great Depression, conduct research, and read the historical fiction novel, Esperanza Rising. After conducting interviews, students write 3rd person narratives and draw portraits of the locals who lived through that time period. This project was conducted in a Senior Center in Massachusetts and can easily be translated to a classroom in Florida.

Type: Teaching Idea

Leaving Traces:

This teaching idea describes a fourth grade project students participated in after studying early man. Students created a magazine which included photos, drawings, text and graphics of what they researched and learned.

Type: Teaching Idea

Unit/Lesson Sequences

Reading and Writing About Pollution to Understand Cause and Effect:

In this lesson, third grade students access prior knowledge about water pollution before exploring the topic further using read-alouds. They then complete a sequencing graphic organizer using a story of a fish and its journey from the mountains to a polluted waterway. Finally, students' understanding of cause and effect is reinforced using a hands-on experiment, art project, and graphic organizer.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey :

These activities provide a foundation for using nonfiction resources for developing and answering questions about gathered information. Using a wide variety of nonfiction literature, students learn to sort and categorize books to begin the information-gathering process. Then, working with partners and groups, using pictures and text, students are guided through the process of gathering information, asking clarifying questions, and then enhancing the information with additional details. Students complete the lesson by collaboratively making "Question and Answer" books for the classroom library. This is a high-interest foundation builder for using nonfiction literature in research as well as for pleasure reading.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Everglades Pollination Contest:

This is a MEA where students act as contest participants to determine the best flower to introduce to the Everglades for pollinators including those that are blind.

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