Research SKills


Notice & Wonder

Grade K & 1

Grade 2 & 3

Grade 4 & 5

Connect to Topic


  • I can communicate what I am interested in learning more about
  • I can show curiosity towards a topic and identify the steps to move forward

Activate Prior Knowledge


  • I can use a mind map or other thinking tools independently to communicate what I know, what I am thinking/wondering and what I don't know

Ask Questions


  • I can ask questions about impact, effect and perspective
  • I can record my wonderings and share them with others

Play & Explore


  • I can use my senses and past experiences to find out about something
  • I can makes something to explore and think about
  • I can record what I notice after I play and explore with materials

Define & Plan Inquiry

Grade K & 1

Grade 2 & 3

Grade 4 & 5

Frame the Research


  • I can say what I need to learn more about
  • I can identify an area I am interested in and come up with a clear research goal / questions to try to answer

Develop Questions


  • I can show a willingness to question the world around me
  • I can develop the difference between different types of questions (thin, deep, open ended, PYP concepts)
  • I can use PYP concepts to develop stronger research questions and move my thinking forward
  • I can recognize which types of questions extend my inquiry even further and I am beginning to ask these types of questions
  • I can look at a topic through different conceptual lenses or topics

Create a Research Plan


  • I can come up with ideas for how to find out answers to my questions
  • I can make simple research plans with the support of prompts and graphic organizers

Seek Information

Grade K & 1

Grade 2 & 3

Grade 4 & 5

Identify Sources of Information


Locate Information

Create a Research Plan


  • I can come up with ideas for how to find out answetrs to my questions
  • I can make simple research plans with the support of prompts and grpahihc organizers
Identify the Research Stages


  • I can identify the stages of the research cycle
  • I can communicate what I need to do at each research stage
  • I can use the research stages to guide me through the research process

Collect & Cite Information

Grade K & 1

Grade 2 & 3

Grade 4 & 5

Gather & Record Information

Evaluate / Assess Information


  • I can say and record where I found the information I am using
  • I can understand that not all information can be trusted as a reliable source

Cite Information


  • I can create bibliographies using "bibliography slips" or other tools
  • I can cite the source of information gathered in the appropriate way

Creative Commons


  • I can understand the concept of intellectual property
  • I can understand the concept of having ownership over creative work

Organize & Sort Information

Make Sense of Information

Grade K & 1

Grade 2 & 3

Grade 4 & 5

Thinking Strategies

  • I can reflect on the information gathered and use visible thinking routines to help surface and clarify my thinking to myself and others
  • I can talk about my thinking strategies

Analyzing Information & Making Conclusions

  • I can analyze information gathered from various sources and look for patterns and trends
  • I can make connections between Ideas
  • I can link information gathered to the questions I begin with
  • I can compare and contrast information from various sources and then report my findings (and where I found them)
  • I can effectively apply the new knowledge I have acquired
  • I can identify how I can use this learning elsewhere

Making My Thinking Visible

(to myself and others)

  • I can talk about what I am thinking about and share this thinking with others
  • I can develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem solving
  • I can design and build physical representations of my knowledge
  • I can use visual doodles, graphic organizers and visible thinking routines to show my thinking
  • I can explain and share how my thinking has changed
  • I can record my thinking in new ways

Mindset For Research

  • I am open to new ideas and can consider how my thinking can change as I (we) gather more information
  • I can build knowledge by actively exploring real world issues and problems
  • I can build knowledge by developing ideas and theories and pursing ideas and solutions
  • I can think about and explain how someone else might be feeling (building empathy/perspective)
  • I can add to other people's ideas

Share Information

Grade K & 1

Grade 2 & 3

Grade 4 & 5

Reflect on the Research Process


  • I can reflect critically on application of information and gathering process and make revisions for improvement