Collaborative learning, group research.
Mixed. Grade four. level
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.
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.
Procedure (57-78 minutes)
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.
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?
Students do research by using various resources such as the internet, books, encyclopedias. They collect the data, draw the pictures, make notes.
Students read their key questions check with collected data, images/ drawing, gathered information with their questionary list. Then see if they can answer them.