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Lesson plan

Labs: Launch Stage - Research

teaches Common Core State Standards W.2.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/2/8
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/6
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1

Labs: Launch Stage - Research

Learning target: 

  • I can work collaboratively to create survey questions to learn about my classroom community.

  • I can work collaboratively to create a research plan.

Purpose:

  • Students are introduced to the purpose of the Research Lab.

  • Students learn to formulate research questions to learn about their classroom community.

  • Students become familiar with the process of conducting a survey as a tool for original research.

In advance:

Storytime

  • Review the Labs song.
  • Post: Focus question (optional).

Setting Goals 

  • Post: Guiding question and learning target(s) for the Lab students will be launching that day (see detailed plans for each Lab on the pages that follow).

In the Lab

  • Create supportive research partnerships. Consider partnering students with complementary strengths (for example, one student who is confident to verbally interact with others in the gathering of data with another student who is more confident with recording data as it is collected).

  • Prepare research plans (see supporting materials).

Reflect on Learning

  • Post: Sentence frames or picture clues for any reflection questions you will use regularly (optional).

Materials:

Storytime

  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Text for Storytime (chosen by teacher)

Setting Goals

  • Labs notebook (new; one per student and one for teacher modeling)

  • Pencils (one per student)

  • Learning target(s) (one to display for each Lab; see Launch Stage: At-a-Glance for the specific targets for each Lab)

In this Lab

  • Labs notebook (from Launch stage; one per student and one for teacher modeling)

  • Pencils (one per student)

  • Clipboard (one per student)

Reflecting on Learning

  • Labs song (one to display)

  • Labs notebook (one for teacher modeling and one per student)