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Some things to consider

Working in Teams

As researchers, we will work in teams. A team is a group of people who help keep each other on task and all contribute ideas and energy to the making of a successful project. You begin a team by setting roles and guidelines for working. Talking and discussing will be an important part of the success of the team, so begin by discussing the roles your teams should have and the duties of each of the members. All members of the team work, research, and write up results of what they complete.

Next Focus in on the Problem

When you have decided how to organize your team, you will need to discuss the problems that the letter points out. Brainstorm the problem your group has chosen and record your results. List what you think you need to know, what other questions you have, and what experiments you might do. From the list, think about what the key points of the project and a timeline for doing the project.

What Else do you need to Know?

Make your problem into a one-sentence research question so you will know exactly what you have to answer. Start you investigation by writing down what you know about the problem and what you think you will need to find out. Defining the Question

Keep your project Up To Date

As you proceed with the investigation, check the defining question document you did above and update it because you will learn more and probably ask more and different questions. Record what you know and need to know when you check this.

Concept Map

Record what you know and what you need to learn: ( concept map) A concept map is often a good way to see what you know and what you need to learn. It shows connections to the question.

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Author(s): Miles Robinson (mrobinson@cranbrook.edu), Brian Schad (schad@aaps.k12.mi.us )
Cranbrook Schools, Kingswood Girl's Middle School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Lawton Elementary Ann Arbor, Michigan
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001
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