Fifth Grade Explorer Research Report



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Fifth Grade Explorer Research Report

Due Thursday, November 17th


Each report will contain the following:


  • Cover – Attractive, with title and student name

  • Written report

  • Map or route(s)

  • Flag of country of the explorer’s origin

  • Photos/pictures – 1 or 2 can be in color

  • Bibliography

Each report will be typed and edited, and contain these topics:




  • Introduction

  • Early life of the explorer

  • Exploration(s) that made him/her famous

  • Important contributions as a result of the exploration

  • Conclusion

A scoring guide will be used in every category of the written report in addition to the elements listed above. Incomplete reports, missing elements, will result in a returned report so that the student can complete the assignment.


Remember… All writing must be in authentic student language. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!

Topic Specifications:


Introduction: (1 paragraph) Provide full name of your explorer, the country of his/her birth, years of birth and death, and what exploration she/he is famous for. This should be a paragraph of 4-8 sentences. Do not write in the first person, “I…”
Early Life of Explorer: (1-2 paragraphs) Please detail the explorer’s early history; family, where she/he grew up, education, what she/he was like as a child, what prompted and influenced him/her to pursue exploration. Include important dates.
Famous Exploration(s): (2-3 paragraphs) Describe the exploration(s) that caused this explorer to become well known. Describe current events that motivated this explorer. Who funded the exploration and why? What were his/her achievements? Describe hardships/challenges the explorer faced.
Map or Exploration: Provide a map that shows this explorer’s most famous route. Include the following detail:

Destination point

Final destination

Oceans


Countries

Red line showing the route

Compass rose

Key


Do not neglect the labeling.
Important Contributions/Consequences: (1-2 paragraphs) Describe any and all contributions and or consequences this explorer has made to the world/society as a result of his/her exploration. Try to draw connections between the explorer’s success and determination to characteristics/attitudes you are familiar with, such as perseverance, commitment, and cooperation.
Conclusion: (1 paragraph) End your report with a brief summary.


Other information:

You will begin your research during your media/lab time. There you will explore the possible reference materials available to you as well as an assortment of Internet sites. In Lab, you will research and take notes. In the classroom you will work on your rough draft writing. All final drafts must be double-spaced using 12 or 14 point Times New Roman or Ariel font in black ink. Students will use the PSD Google docs program to submit their final essay and all incremental submissions along the way. Parents are encouraged to aid in the editing and revision process. Remember, revision is a very important step in the writing process. Please be responsible and bring your research materials to and from home each day. We will be using any and all time available for this assignment.



Timeline of Report:
October 10-14: Research

*October 14: Rough Draft of Early Life of Explorer section submitted

October 17-19: Research and Writing

October 24-28: Research and Writing

*October 26: Rough Draft of Famous Exploration section submitted

October 31-4: Research,Typing (Intro, Conclusion, Flag, Map)



*November 2: Rough Draft of Important Contributions section submitted

November 7-11: Revise, edit, and continue work on introduction and conclusion, Bibliography, Map, Flag, Pictures



*November 9: Completed rough draft submitted with Parent editing

November 10: Start group work



*November 17: Final Report Due

November 10-17: Create Visual Aides/Practice Presentations



November 17: Presentations

5th Grade Explorers for Research Project: Explorers will be assigned by the teacher.




  1. Marco Polo

  2. Ferdinand Magellan

  3. Vasco de Gama

  4. Leif Eriksson

  5. Bartholomeu Diaz

  6. Juan Ponce de Leon

  7. Henry Hudson

  8. Hernando Cortés

  9. Samuel de Champlain

  10. Christopher Columbus

  11. James Cook

  12. Zebulon Pike

  13. John Wesley Powell

  14. Sir Walter Raleigh

  15. Ernest Shackleton

  16. Sir Francis Drake

  17. Amerigo Vespucci

  18. Daniel Boone

  19. Louis and Clark

  20. James Beckworth

  21. Matthew Henson

  22. Roald Amundsen

  23. John Cabot

  24. Jacques Cartier




At least two students will be researching each explorer, so library books and class resources will need to be shared. Students will complete all research and writing independently, and then work with a classmate to create a final presentation. This will require students to bring their “expertise” to the table and collaborate for a final presentation. Students in all three 5th grade classrooms will work together.
Presentation Guidelines
Students are encouraged to share their knowledge in a creative, fun, and educational manner. We are open to new ideas and students are encouraged to “think outside of the box”. All presentation proposals must be approved by a teacher prior to work beginning on the project.
Suggested presentation/project ideas:


  • Power point / Prezi / Voki / Tagxedo

  • Board game/quiz game

  • Skit with written script & visual aide, such as a costume

  • Poster with bold, easy to see illustrations, eye-catching & engaging images

  • Illustrated timeline

  • Comic/graphic novel

  • Interview

  • Children’s book with illustrations

  • Puppet show with props (keep this educational and not silly)

REMEMBER: The goal of the presentation is INFORM your audience about your explorer.






Explorers

Research & Inquiry Report & Project Rubric

Self-Assessment Page


Requirements

Points

Completed on Time

/10

Research Information

  • Introduction:

    • Full name

    • Country of Birth

    • Years of birth & death

    • Statement of famous exploration

  • Early Life:

  • Exploration(s):

    • Description of the journey/exploration

    • Motivation & events that motivated the explorer

    • Who funded the journey?

    • Hardships

    • Results/Impact/Achievements

  • Important Contributions:

    • Contributions to the world/society

    • Personal characteristics or attitudes

  • Conclusion:

    • Summary

  • Bibliography – 3 sources

    • At least 1 sources per category

(website, book, encyclopedia)

  • Visual Aides

    • Cover Page

    • Map

    • Flag

    • Photos or Pictures

/10


/10

/25

/10
/5

/10


/5

/5

/5



/5

Total Report Points

/100

Presentation

  • Introduction (grabs attention & engages)

  • Knowledge of material (Ability to speak of content w/o relying on notes)

  • Informs/teaches audience about explorer & contributions

  • Ability to answer questions

  • Creativity

  • Visual aides-quality and use


/50


Total Points

/150

Individual Transdisciplinary Evaluation




SE

DV

EM

U

Research-formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, interpreting data, presenting research findings













Communication-listening, speaking reading, writing, viewing, presenting













Thinking-acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis













Self-Management-organization, time management, codes of behavior, informed choices













Social-accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflicts, group decision making













PYP Research Rubric






Above & Beyond

Strongly Evident

Developing

Emergent

Unacceptable

Research is from a variety of sources
















Students demonstrate a deep knowledge of the subject
















Students can answer questions about their topic confidently and accurately
















Students demonstrate different points of view
















Teachers have observed the students putting in what I know to be their very best effort
















Totals

X4

X3

X2

X1

X0


Final Score________/20

My Explorer is…

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** Use encyclopedias, other books, magazines and the Internet to help research these questions. You will use these notes when writing your report. Additional guiding questions are also included. This form is just a guide, so do not be limited by the space provided. Use as many additional pages that you need to write full, detailed, and meaningful responses.
1. What is your explorer's full name?

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  1. When was your explorer born and where?

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  1. When did your explorer die?

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  1. What was your explorer’s early life like?

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  1. For what country did your explorer sail (or search)?

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  1. Describe your person's exploration(s)

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  1. Complete this question. You can use this information when writing your conclusion:

The most interesting thing I learned about this explorer was:

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Guiding Questions:
These questions can lead you to information that can be included in the body of your report. The more you know about an explorer and their motivations, the better able you will be to place yourself in the explorer’s shoes. This is showing empathy and reflection; traits we’ve developed as IB students.


  • Why did this explorer venture out from familiar territory?

  • Did the explorer have special influences or training?

  • Why did this person become an explorer?

  • What kind of work did the explorer perform prior to his first exploration?

  • What area(s) did he explore? Was this the area that the explorer intended to travel to?

  • When did this exploration occur?

  • What are some of the hardships or difficulties he faced while exploring?

  • What are some of the results of his exploration?

  • What other explorers influenced his expedition?

  • What other important events were happening in the world during this period of exploration?

  • Did the explorer encounter other people in the areas that were explored? If so, who were they?

  • What did he gain as a result of this exploration (money, fame, religious fellowship, etc.)?

  • Everyone has both weak and strong character traits. The explorers were no different. Research and analyze how specific traits were harmful or helpful to the explorers.


BIBLIOGRAPHY GUIDELINES:

Research needs to come from a variety of sources. You must use at least:

1 Book, 1 Encyclopedia, and 1 Website. You will create a bibliography for all of your sources using MLA format. A few examples follow. For a complete bibliography guidelines, go to the PSD Homepage. Use the Academics drop-down menu to Learning Tools, and PSD Bibliography Format. Additional source sheets are available at school.

BOOKS


Book – One Author
Mandell, Richard. Sport: A Cultural History. New York:  Columbia
        University Press, 1984.

Book – Two Authors
Davis, Bertha, and Susan Whitfield. The Coal Question. New York:
        Franklin Watts, 1982.

MAGAZINES


Magazine – Article with Author
Severy, Merle. “The World of Suleyman the Magnificent.”
        National Geographic Nov. 1987: 552-601.


Magazine – Article without Author
“New Human Retrovirus.” Science News 26 Dec.
        1987: 391-392.

CITING ONLINE ELECTRONIC RESOURCES


Electronic resources are cited in such a way that the information can be found by others. Private e-mail correspondence is not accessible and some databases are only available by password or to registered users. In either case, at least you will know where the reference originated.

It is important to cite the author, date, title, source, medium, and how the information is available. Here are some examples based on the style forms presented in Electronic Style: A Guide to Citing Electronic Information written by Xia Li and Nancy B. Crane and published by Meckler Publishing.



Basic form for citing individual works:
Author. (date of publication). Title (edition), [Type of medium].
Available:  give information sufficient for retrieval (date of access)

ONLINE – World Wide Web:
To cite files available for viewing via the World Wide Web, give the author’s name (if known), the full title of the work in quotation marks, the title of the complete work if applicable in italics, the full http address, and the date of the visit.

Burka, Lauren P. “A Hypertext History of Multi-User


        Dimensions.” MUD History.
        http://www.ecs.neu.edu/home/lpb/mud-history.html (5 Dec. 1994)

To cite Contemporary Authors Web Site information:
“Abbey, Edward.” Contemporary Authors.
        http://galenet.gale.com/m/mep/db/ca  (10 Apr. 1996)

Source Sheet for Bibliography Information

Important Notes

Book Website Article Encyclopedia Newspaper


Author: _______________________________________

Title of article/site: ______________________________

Title of book: ___________________________________

City: publisher, date: _____________________________

Volume: page numbers: ____________________________

Web address: ___________________________________

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Book Website Article Encyclopedia Newspaper


Author: _______________________________________

Title of article/site: ______________________________

Title of book: ___________________________________

City: publisher, date: _____________________________

Volume: page numbers: ____________________________

Web address: ___________________________________

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Book Website Article Encyclopedia Newspaper


Author: _______________________________________

Title of article/site: ______________________________

Title of book: ___________________________________

City: publisher, date: _____________________________

Volume: page numbers: ____________________________

Web address: ___________________________________

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Parent Support of Explorer Report
Parents, look this packet over and discuss this project with your child. Sign this page and return the top portion to your classroom teacher as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.
The explorer I will research is ______________________________
Yes, I understand that ________________________ has an explorer report which is due Thursday, November 17th. I will support my child by completing a parent edit/revision session by November 9th.

Parent Signature: ______________________________

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5th Grade Explorer Report

To access Google docs from home: tinyurl.com/psddocs

Student login: AR login Password: AR password + first and last initial
Suggestions for Support:


  • Visit the public library for books, videos, and quiet work time

  • Read drafts and offer feedback

  • Listen to practice runs of presentations

  • Pose questions as an audience member would, to insure your child is able to answer questions & reduce presentation day jitters

  • Allow for internet search time at home

  • Help type longer sections of drafted writing

  • Coordinate out of school study dates with peer/classmates working on the same project

  • Use a calendar to plan out the project. Offer small rewards for meeting goals

  • Enjoy sharing this learning opportunity with your child!


Timeline of Report:

October 10-14: Research



*October 14: Rough Draft of Early Life of Explorer section submitted

October 17-19: Research and Writing

October 24-28: Research and Writing

*October 26: Rough Draft of Famous Exploration section submitted

October 31-4: Research,Typing (Intro, Conclusion, Flag, Map)



*November 2: Rough Draft of Important Contributions section submitted

November 7-11: Revise, edit, and continue work on introduction and conclusion, Bibliography, Map, Flag, Pictures



*November 9: Completed rough draft submitted with Parent editing

November 10: Start group work



*November 17: Final Report Due

November 10-17: Create Visual Aides/Practice Presentations



November 17: Presentations



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