Grades K-3 Research Guide Get Ready Dig Discover Create Share
BCPS Grades K-4 Research Guide
Become an information explorer!
This guide includes skills for each step in a research process aligned to student learning standards.
k-2 skills 2-4skills 2-4skills 2-4 skills Students will find resources for developing the research skills linked below.
k2 tools k2 tools k-2 tools2-4 tools Students will find tools for applying these skills to a research task.
Research Glossary Research Glossary Students can use the Research Glossary to define new research terms.
Teacher Resources Teachers will find additional resources to facilitate research skills development.
Research Process Step Research Skills
Encounter the research task 1. Make connections and build background knowledge.

2. Brainstorm questions to guide your research.

3. Identify keywords to make a research plan.
Search & Gather 1. Search the information landscape to locate resources.

2. Evaluate sources to choose the best ones for you and your topic.

Discover 1. Use reading strategies to develop your understanding of the topic:

2. Use note-taking strategies and avoid plagiarism.

3. Organize information as you gather.

4. Collaborate with others.

Create 1. Use the writing process to organize information and ideas.

2. Use media ethically by respecting creators and copyright.

3. Use media, technology, and creativity to create a research product.
Share 1. Present your new knowledge to an audience.

2. Reflect on your research process and product.

Last updated: August 2016

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