I used the books that came with our Social Studies curriculum and I let them choose who they wanted to research. It's a win-win because I believe there is power in choice. I choose the list and they choose their person.;)
We started this project by discussing the the things that I expected them to find out about their person. As a whole group lesson we completed the same research information on another person that was not on the list. This way I could model each day what I expected from the students.
We used websites that are available through our school library and KidRex.
This is a great site that is safe and easy for the kids to use.
I should have started this post about how lapbooks make me sweat...seriously, they can be the end of a teaching career if you DON'T do a little at a time. We were making our lapbooks to showcase at our Open House so I needed to stay strong and FINISH.
After they finished the research they completed a Can You Guess Who I Am? and used Chatterpix to make their drawing talk. They LOVED this activity and if you have never used ChatterPix....you should. You can make any object that you take a picture of have a voice. Oh...and it's a free app.
Stop by the store this weekend to pick up my Research Packet.