Research Paper Outlines For 5th Grade

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Creatures of the Land & Sea

A Research Project for 5th Grade Students

Biomes Unit

Introduction | Notes| Outline| Paper | Presentation

Introduction to Biomes Research

Your child will spend the next few weeks working on a research paper.  The topic is an ocean or land animal of their choice. The assignment will require them to do the following:
  • Find a minimum of 3 different resources.
  • Take notes on labeled note cards.
  • Write an organized outline from their notes.
  • Write a bibliography of their resources.
  • Create a written report including illustrations for the animal and its habitat.
  • Create and dress in a costume to display their animal.
  • Give an oral presentation (in costume).
Note: We will start work on this research project in class and will explain the requirements in more detail during that time.
The assignment will progress one step at a time. There will be specific due dates for note cards, outline, paper, and costume. These dates will be posted on the student calendar and Friday Updates.  Students will be given class time and library time for research.  Unfortunately, resources at school may be limited as all 5th grade classes are working on the same assignment.  As a result, it may be necessary for students to go to a local library and/or internet for information.
The following are acceptable resources:
  • books
  • newspapers
  • encyclopedia
  • science textbook
  • internet resources
  • magazines
  • National Geographic animal cards
  • in-class films, videos, and movies

Scholastic’s “Research Papers: A Writing Workshop” offers students (grades 3–5) the opportunity to learn more about a topic that interests them by writing a research paper on it — and makes the task of writing the report less intimidating by dividing the process into easy steps. While the focus of the project is the creation of a research paper, the step-by-step instruction for completing the report focuses entirely on the writing process.

The steps include:

  • Mini-Lesson (1 day): Mini-lesson 1 helps students learn how to choose the best resources for their research. Min-lesson 2 teaches students how to name their sources at the end of their paper.
  • Prewriting (3–4 days): Students choose a topic to research, gather resources, take notes, and create an outline.
  • Drafting (2–3 days): Students review their notes and use their outline to create a rough draft of their report — organizing their work and getting their thoughts down on paper. Encourage them to focus on the content and allow their ideas to flow freely.
  • Revising (2–3 days): Students focus on the content of their report. (Remind them that revising doesn't involve making changes for spelling, grammar, or punctuation.)
  • Editing (1–2 days): Now, students focus on spelling, grammar, punctuation (including use of quotation marks), capitalization, and subject/verb agreement.
  • Reviewing (1–2 days): Students get a final look before taking their work public. They discuss how to conduct a review process, including: peer review, self assessment, and teacher conferencing.
  • Publishing (1–2 days): Students celebrate their accomplishments and post their work on Other ideas for publishing their research papers are shared.


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