Research skills can be very beneficial for young elementary school students, and are worth incorporating into your lesson plans. Recommended research projects for the K-2 age group incorporate research questions with fun, hands-on projects. To learn about bugs, for example, kids can use modeling insects to create clay fossils. Or to learn about plants and agriculture, kids can plant bean plants in jars, and watch them grow. Whatever the project, research-based skills are certain to make learning better for students of all ages.
- According to PebbleGo, a leading K-2 database, kindergarteners are not too young to begin learning how to be effective readers and researchers.
- Try assigning each student a bug, arm them with a magnifying glass and tweezers, then let them answer simple questions about their specimen.
- Kids love animals, so let their imaginations run wild and have them create the tracks of bears and lions using cardboard and sponges.
“Yes, you can teach kindergarteners how to do proper research (i.e. be awesome detectives and readers).”