Aligned with the CCSS and the TEKS College and Career Readiness Standards, IIM: Teaching Research Skills in Grades K-12 offers a comprehensive plan for integrating a schoolwide research program into existing curriculum. The seven-step Independent Investigation Method (IIM) guides students through group and independent research projects, empowering them with the skills to conduct research in any discipline and to pursue projects in subjects of most interest to them. This teacher's manual provides the tools to implement the IIM program with students at all grade levels, acting as a template on which to build curriculum that both fulfills local and state requirements and is appropriate for all students' skill levels and needs.
This manual includes:
- steps for the whole-class process, in which students learn basic research skills;
- steps for the independent process, in which students apply skills in individual and small-group studies;
- reproducible pages for designing and implementing units;
- sample research studies using the independent process;
- reproducible assessment forms and student handouts;
- teacher resource pages; and
- online access to editable teacher, student, and assessment forms.
Table of Contents
Section One IIM Basic Level “How To” Group IIM Process Overview Group IIM Process 7 Steps Independent IIM Process Overview Independent IIM Process 7 Steps Section Two IIM Basic Level Reproducible Teacher & Student Workpages Teacher Workpages Overview IIM Unit Plan Group IIM Process Chart Headings & Icons Independent IIM Process Student Workpages Section Three Basic Level Sample Research Study Dinosaur Unit Plan Student Booklet Section Four IIM Proficient Level “How To” Group IIM Process Overview Group IIM Process 7 Steps Independent IIM Process Overview Independent IIM Process 7 Steps Section Five IIM Proficient Level Reproducible Teacher & Student Workpages Teacher Workpages Overview IIM Unit Plan Group Proficient MI Product/Presentation Student Workpages Section Six IIM Proficient Level Sample Research Study Civil War Unit Student Booklet Section Seven IIM Assessment IIM Assessment Forms Samples of the Forms Section Eight Teacher Resources College and Career Readiness Standards Using CCSS Using TEKS Enrichment TRIAD Model Skills Often Used in Research Glossary Bibliography What’s Up with Active Learning Systems Active Learning Systems Training Posters A Mini-Lesson Using Good Question Cubes The Parent Guide to Raising Researchers
Cindy Nottage, one of the founders of Active Learning Systems and creators of the Independent Investigation Method, has more than 25 years experience in classroom teaching, gifted and talented program development and coordination, special education, staff development, and reading consultation
Virginia Morse is one of the founders Active Learning Systems and cocreator of IIM. Virginia is committed to guiding K-12 students ethically and confidently through the research process.