On the first day of their research, they were given one of the Scholastic non-fiction leveled readers and read about their assigned animal. Before they started reading, I modeled how to work cooperatively. I also showed them a poster I had made about ladybugs and modeled the process of researching and designing the poster.
On the next day, they were each given responsibility for finding a particular piece of information about their animal. I created research notes for them to record their information. Some of the groups had an odd number of students so in those cases two students worked together to record the information.
On the third day, the students designed posters about their animal. Finally, on the fourth day, students presented their poster and reported about their animal to their peers! Here are the posters they created:
What other research projects have your students done?