Yelena Yelena

Collaborative learning, group research.
Mixed. Grade four. level


In this lesson, students will be able to navigate a set of research skills to find specific information on a chosen topic. Students will discuss research activities become familiar with and practice the research skills, collecting and recording data by observation and by describing and recording. Students will gather information from various sources by note-taking, by drawing and writing statements. In the warmup section, students brainstorm about the technology they want to do research. Then, using the provided model of the questionary, they will practice with a teacher the ways students organise their questions. In the exposure section, students write a list of the questions they want to find the answers about the chosen technology. Then, students move on to productive skills by writing their own, based on the example. Students do research and make some notes, collecting data, organising information. In the last part of the lesson, students check gathered information with their questionary list. Then they pair check.


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Main Aims

  • The main aim is to provide the opportunity for students to develop and practice their research skills and critical thinking by reading and analyzing the information about the chosen item. To practice the ability to formulate the open-ended questions.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To develop students' written expression of thought and provide learners opportunities to explore ideas and to build connections between content areas, to be reflective. To provide an opportunity to work in pairs or in small groups to develop students' collaborative work.


Warmer/Lead-in (10-15 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Students read and discuss the questions on the display in small groups or pairs. Then they brainstorm about the technology they want to do research.

Exposure (12-18 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Using the questionary model (that consists of open-ended question examples), students make the list with their own questions. Students highlight the key questions. The teacher provides a list of what kind of information should be included in their research. * The history of the chosen technology (who invented, when and how). *The development of the chosen item. * What contribution did it make? *How did the change that happened (if it happened) affect the people's lives today?

Productive Task(s) (25-30 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Students do research by using various resources such as the internet, books, encyclopedias. They collect the data, draw the pictures, make notes.

Feedback and Error Correction (10-15 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Students read their key questions check with collected data, images/ drawing, gathered information with their questionary list. Then see if they can answer them.

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