One if the more tricky aspects of research is teaching kiddies to find keywords, record them, then convert them into explanations in their own words, avoiding plagiarism.
When I taught Year 4 last year, we had a great unit on Natural Disasters / Forces, under the transdisciplinary theme - How the World Works.
This is a really meaty topic that kiddies love to get their teeth into. I have compiled a mini unit around some of the essentials that I used, and popped it onto TPT (HERE) and onto TN (HERE).
1. Report Criteria: & checklist for the student's books to highlight off
2. Student note-taking sheets for research
3. Presentation samples
4. Links to reference websites (2 pages)
5. Assessment Rubric sample
I included 2 versions of the student note-taking sheets for research. This is one of them.
These are 2 sided foldables so it helps students to focus on one aspect of note-taking and note-making at a time. I make several copies per student and hand one out at a time for them to work on. Once they have completed and self/buddy checked the first one, they hand it in to me for a teacher conference. While they begin researching and writing their next paragraph, I can call students down in order of hand in, for a conference. As I notice trends, I may pause the class and explain these to all the kiddies as a mini pointer. I keep a checklist of whom I have seen so that I can chase up or give support where needed.
You might like to explore this link to some student Weeblys from last year.
Now for the freebie. I have also posted the Note-taking/Note making sheets for free, Grab your TpT copy (HERE)
or you TN copy (HERE)