W.5.7. Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Enter Magic School Bus. Who doesn't love Miss. Frizzle and their far out adventures? After several mini lessons on non fiction text features, I told my class it's time for their first research of the year. You could have heard a collected sigh from my students. Even, "On no not yet Mrs. Caplin." I played along for a few moments telling them they would have to research about their favorite president or season. "Ugh..." to say it politely.
I then passed out the Magic School Bus books again and asked them if they would like to write their own little book modeled after Magic School Bus. Sighs turned into cheers and then it got even louder when I told them they could choose their own topic and would become a published author, "Who me? Really? How?"
Some of the topics included: hockey, Eiffel Tower, monkeys, headphones, pocket watches, music, Empire State Building, remote control cars, and fiber optics. The icing on the cake was reading this page in her book.