Common Core Research Projects for Elementary Education

Common Core Standards:

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Range of Writing

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Here are a few ways our students are conducting research in the classrooms.

Science Stations in 4th Grade

Research: Edmodo and Ask3

Graphic Organizers

Popplet Lite and Smart Art in Word are great tools to use to organize information and essential facts required for the research project.

My favorite website to use for research is Instagrok. You can change the reading level of your searches by sliding the bar at the top of the page, which is helpful and you can build your own Journal to share with students or they can create their own journals of notes.

Another favorite research tool is SC Discus.  Students can create workspace projects as they conduct their research.

Students using iPads have enjoyed using the App StoryKit  and Book Creator to create their own textbooks using photos, their own paintings, recordings of their voices, and typing their findings on each page.   Edutopia ideas

Publish Student Work

Register for a Schooltube account tutorial

Upload videos to Schooltube tutorial

GCSD Blog publish video tutorial

Websites for Research   Use Firefox or Chrome, not Internet Explorer     SCDiscus  Ask your PTA to buy a school account, no ads

Photos:  Library of Congress


 Book Creator  iMovie  StoryKit  SockPuppet  Popplet

QR Code Generator for FireFox

PDF QR Code Generator for Firefox

QR Code Movie: How to Create a QR Code

T Search Research Graphic Organizer

How to Create a T-Search Research Tshirt SCAN-ETS3327_000


Fun Research Projects


Photos for Primary Sources 

Parker’s Blog

Sara’s Blog

4 thoughts on “Common Core Research Projects for Elementary Education

  1. Elizabeth Chambers

    instaGrok is a fabulous way to throughly explain a term to students using a web with definitions, videos and articles pulled from various sources on the internet. Thank you for letting me know about this very useful website!

  2. Elizabeth Chambers

    I love seeing the enthusiasm about magnets in Mrs. Hick’s 4th grade as the children use the ipads! Proof that technology really has an impact on learning!

  3. Aimee Kleckner

    I loved seeing the science stations in Mrs. Hicks’s class. It gave me some great ideas how I can incorporate IPads in my science class. Here’s hoping we get some! :)

  4. Wendy Ward

    InstaGrok is a great way to engage students in research. After searching a topic, you can make a cool graphic organizer, add photos or videos, complete with links to the sources. You can journal and make quizzes directly from it, then tweet it, email it, post it to Facebook, etc. The fact that you can change the level of difficulty makes it a versatile tool for teachers of all levels. As a special educator, it would make it easy for me to present information to students of similar grades whose instructional levels vary greatly. You must have an account with InstaGrok to use it…not sure if it is free of charge.

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