Lesson plan

Labs: Launch Stage - Research

teaches Common Core State Standards W.2.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/2/7
teaches Common Core State Standards W.2.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/2/8
teaches Common Core State Standards W.2.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/2/5
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/4

Labs: Launch Stage - Research

Learning target: 

  • I can learn new information about dinosaurs using my research materials.

  • I can ask questions about dinosaurs based on my research materials.


  • In the Research Lab, the Launch stage serves two purposes:

    • Students are introduced to the purpose of the Research Lab.
    • Students are given time to explore the various materials they will use in the Research Lab and begin to formulate ideas about their individual research interests and how they might use these materials in the future.

In advance:


  • 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

  • Prepare:

    • One workstation for each of the dinosaur-related topics, by placing a variety of research materials (e.g., books, photographs, videos) at the workstation. This helps all students access new information and answer questions about which they are curious:
      • Workstation 1: Carnivores
      • Workstation 2: Herbivores
      • Workstation 3: Swimmers
      • Workstation 4: Fliers
    • Consider labeling each workstation with a name or number to assist students in transitioning from one to the next.

Reflect on Learning

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



  • 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

  • book or photograph

  • baskets of research materials

Reflecting on Learning

  • Labs song (one to display)

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