• Scientist Research Unit

    Unit Overview:

    Fourth graders will have the opportunity to research the unique life, times, and contributions of a famous scientist.  Throughout the research phase, students will read both printed and digital informational text, take notes, write rough drafts, edit/revise, and produce final copies in a variety of written and artistic formats.   In addition, students will choose, prepare, and demonstrate a scientific concept related to their scientist’s achievements.   To complete the unit, students will assume the identity of their famous person and present their findings at our annual Scientist Open House.

    The purpose of this unit is to develop research skills as a sequential process used to answer questions and explore big ideas.  Students will learn to communicate the results of their research from many sources in their own words and a variety of ways.   

    Critical concepts and skills that the students will know and be able to use by the end of the unit will include:

    Enduring Understandings

    • Researchers use a variety of strategies to choose topics to investigate.
    • Both traditional and electronic resources provide information for research.
    • The use of inference is critical for interpreting text.
    • Research requires the researcher to determine the main idea, identify relevant details and facts.
    • A researcher must paraphrase without plagiarizing, compare and contrast, generate questions, organize, draw conclusions, select appropriate products for presenting and understand that not all sources are equally reliable and valid.

    Reading for Informational Text

    • Refer to details and examples in a text, draw inferences
    • Quote accurately from text
    • Interpret information from a variety of sources
    • Draw on information from multiple sources to locate and answer questions to solve a problem


    • Write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic
    • Produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to as task or audience
    • Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic

    Speaking and Listening

    • Report on a topic or text in an organized manner using appropriate facts and details to the theme
    • Add audio and visual displays to presentation when appropriate to enhance the main idea or theme