The Research Adventure Starts Now!

By
Rebecca Leon

If you've read our latest nonfiction feature, "Swarms of Terror," about the sky-blackening masses of locusts that descended on the American prairie in the late 1800s, you know what a thrilling read it is. (And if you haven't, there's a treat waiting to - er - leap out of your December/January issue.) But did you know that there's a brand-new Research Kit that goes along with it?

 

 

Inspired by project-based learning and all the ingenious, thought-provoking ways we've seen Storyworks used in your classrooms, we wanted to provide you with a resource that would send your students on truly engaging research journeys - ones where they were itching to know more and bursting to share their findings. (Not to mention meeting state research standards!)

 

 

And who better to help develop a research tool for your students than our researcher extraordinaire, associate editor Allison Friedman? (That's Allison with her brilliant creation!)

 

The Research Kit is all about choice. Starting with a key detail from the article - that humans played a role in the disappearance of the Rocky Mountain locust - it presents a big question: "How can human activity cause or prevent extinction of animal species?" From there, students choose the research path they wish to take, the animal they want to explore, and the way they want to present their findings.

 

 

From the student who will keep digging deeper to write a magazine article about the extinct Caribbean monk seal to the kid who yearns to make a video about saving grizzly bears, there's something to ignite every child's passion.

 

Which research paths have your students chosen? I'd love to hear! Drop me a line any time at rleon@scholastic.com.

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