Are your students like ours? Are they sponges when it comes to learning about informational topics? If your kids LOVE subjects like science and social studies then we recommend using their interests to your advantage! Here’s how:
Leverage your students’ interests in historical figures, important events, geography, etc… if the class likes it- we suggest you study it together!
It’s pretty simple.
- Choose a topic that will engage your little learners
- Find related texts to share
- Research the topic by reading different sources
- Record information from those texts
- Report what was learned through writing
This kind of research is a simplified version of what upper grade students do all the time:
1) The teacher supplies a bunch of texts and materials on a topic,
2) gives the students some research guidelines and a time frame,
and 3) sends them off to research, record, and report.
Don’t think our younger students can mimic the same research pattern? Think again!
Before diving right in- we want to make you aware of two problems we ran into as we were preparing to support our young researchers.
Problem #1- Gathering the right resources
Gathering enough books, articles, and other resources on the same topic is a headache, and every text takes your precious time read through and “vet.” It is definitely not convenient tracking down a good variety of texts on a given topic.
If you happen to be lucky enough to have a ton of themed-resources at your fingertips, you’ll probably still encounter this second problem.
Problem #2- Finding texts that are accessible for all students in your class
We suspect that many of the texts you’re able to find will be too difficult for your young students to read and research on their own. There just aren’t enough themed resources with the readability to support readers of all levels, especially if we want them to read the texts independently.
Don’t let these problems stop you! Give students the opportunity to research high-interest topics and at the same time, learn many academic and social skills. So, what can you do?
We’ve found an easy solution for both problems! Introducing our Text Packs for Young Researchers with printable full-color texts curated especially for your students. You’ll find a good variety of differentiated texts located in one place and written at just the right levels for your readers.
These text packs include everything needed to help your students research, record, and report! You’ll find:
The best part is- for the cost of 1-2 classroom books, you’ll get soooooooo much more. Teachers just can’t beat this budget-friendly price! $$
Check out the topics we currently offer:
The Core Coaches
What topics spark your students’ curiosity? Leave a comment below and let us know what text packs your young researchers would like to see next!