Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Introduction to Scientific Investigation: Plaid Pete is in a Pickle! - Section 3: Guided Exploration


Research Projects

I am always looking for opportunities for my students to increase their Written Language skills by writing across content areas.  The presentation of scientists who have made contributions to our world is a perfect opportunity for students to engage in short research projects.

I want my students to be able to meet the Common Core State Standards that require them to use multi-media and to integrate multiple pieces of text.  This is exactly the kind of task that was a struggle for many of our 5th Grade students during the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) field test, this past spring.

I also know how important it is that they practice their keyboarding skills.  Our school has 2 periods per week designated for Computer Lab for 5th Graders.  Half of the time is spent practicing keyboarding via a keyboarding program.  The other half of the time is at the teacher's discretion.

During the discretionary time, my students will be working on a short research biography of a scientist.  They may choose one of the scientists featured in the lesson, or they may choose one from the additional two provided here. (Additional text for the scientists featured in the lesson is also included here - please scroll down).  They must use all 3 sources, 1 video and 2 pieces of Written Text.  I have provided links on my school web page so that they may be easily accessed by my students and you can click on them here.  As you can see from this picture of my students hard at work researching, they are totally engaged in the task.

I am including the video for each scientist, as well as 2 websites that include the written text for each.  I tell students that they need to listen to the videos several times, and closely read the text for information. They will fill out the What's The Matter Plaid Pete? - Science Biography Graphic Organizer and write a short research report.  I tell them their report must include headings, illustrations, captions, and quotations.  Scientists will then give an oral presentation of their reports during Writing Workshop.


#1 Nikola Tesla 

Written Biography #1 Nikola Tesla

Written Biography #2 Nikola Tesla


#2 Galileo Galilei

Written Biography #1 - Galileo Galilei

Written Biography #2 - Galileo Gallilei


Written Biography #1 - Jane Goodall

Written Biography #2 - Jane Goodall

Written Biography #1 - Marie Curie

Written Biography #2 - Marie Curie

Written Biography #1 - Albert Einstein

Written Biography #2 - Albert Einstein

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Introduction to Scientific Investigation: Plaid Pete is in a Pickle!

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
Lesson 7 of 22

Objective: SWBAT identify the characteristics of different types of scientific investigations.

Big Idea: What types of scientific study do scientists engage in? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students meet "mentor scientists" and learn about the different ways that scientists explore the world around them.

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