How to Organize Research Projects with Google Sites

Research projects with Google Sites make sense. For one thing, you can store everything in one handy place. Kids can find directions and links. And teachers can model exemplary practices.

Research Projects with Google Sites Cover

Let’s take a look at a simple animal research project. Created for third and fourth graders, it includes directions, websites, guidance, and modeling.

Research Projects with Google Sites Provide Directions

As you can see, this web-based research project provides paperless directions – all in one place. No more copying. No more lost packets. In addition, kids can access them from home – or anywhere.

Research Projects with Google Sites - Choosing a Topic

Research Projects with Google Sites Include Websites

Website links are included. This keeps younger children safe, focused, and on task.

Research Projects with Google Sites - Website Links

Research Projects with Google Sites Model the Research Process

When teachers model, kids’ writing improves. However, students may forget what the teacher said. Or they may be absent. Building modeling into a Google Site lets kids look back time and time again.

Taking Notes

For this project, kids take notes online using Google Slides. The corresponding website shows kids how to write notes in brief phrases. The long list of notes encourages them to dig in.


Research Projects with Google Sites - Taking Notes

Categorizing Notes

For the next step, kids categorize their notes. Again, the website models this.

Research Projects with Google Sites - Categories

Writing Detail Sentences

Next, they turn their notes into detail sentences. Without explicitly noting it, the website combines categories into one or two sentences. Kids naturally pick up on this.

Additionally, modeled sentences are not perfect. Instead, they may be out of order or repetitious. This provides opportunities for revision later on.

Research Projects with Google Sites - Writing Detail Sentences

Writing Topic Sentences

Even though the box for the topic sentence comes first, the website models writing it last. Again, it’s written as a child would do it.

Research Projects with Google Sites - Writing Topic Sentences

Drafting

Finally, the website shows how to write the topic and detail sentences as a paragraph.

Research Projects with Google Sites - Drafting

Research Projects with Google Sites Model Revisions

For this project, students explore six strategies for revision. Targeted by the teacher, these strategies focus on common mistakes at these grade levels.

Research Projects with Google Sites - Modeling

After all of the strategies are laid out, the website compares the first and final drafts.

Research Project with Google Sites - Final Draft

Sophisticated Research Projects

In addition to modeling, Google Sites can also lay out longer, more sophisticated activities. This Adaptations research project, for example, asks students to learn about a specific adaptation, watch videos, research a bird, analyze website design, present information, and compare/contrast. It guides more advanced or older students to soar to new heights.

Research Projects with Google Sites - Adaptations

Google Sites in Your Classroom

Now’s the time to build a Google Site to direct learning. In addition to research projects, you can use websites to supplement learning, encourage collaboration, direct homework, or flip your classroom. Why not try an independent learning module, webquest, or PBL, novel study, or eBook? The possibilities are endless!

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