Wait, research papers in kindergarten & first grade already?
You may not think of assigning your budding student a research paper before they can spell “research,” but learning to love the research process and report on their findings can be a wonderful goal for your child’s education.
The world is teeming with amazing things to discover. You can guide your young ones through the process of discovery and presentation while using their own curiosity to open up the world of exciting education.
Writing a paper does NOT have to be an overwhelming task.
This is one of my main goals in homeschooling my girls. As students climb to higher grades, writing papers becomes an essential part of their grading, application processes, and education overall. I dreaded papers growing up and want to teach my kids early on (yes, VERY early on) that writing research papers even as early as in first grade can be a fun way to present all their hard work in researching a topic that really came alive to them.
This free First Grade Research Paper Writing Template will help kids get excited about learning something new.
Your child can choose any topic they want to learn about for this writing template. This can be used with pre-writers and struggling writers because they can often choose drawing over writing.
Various writing prompts guide them through the discovery process which include:
- Draw a picture of what you want to learn about.
- Write down your topic
- Find a book about your topic at your local library
- Draw a picture of the cover of the book you found
- What letter does your topic start with? Draw as many of that letter as you can in the space below
- Write or draw about 1 new thing you learned about
- 3 questions I have about my topic are
- 3 books I found about my topic
- New questions you have during your reading
- Draw or sketch something new you learned from one of your books
- Write an idea for an activity you can do to learn more about your topic
- 3 new words you learned during your reading and their meanings
- Write about someone that you learn about when researching your topic
- Glue a picture of this person here
- Write basic facts about this person
- Write about your experience doing your related activity
7 Pages include a mix of writing a drawing to keep your child interested and proud in presenting what they’ve learned. Use any or all the pages – whichever work best for your child. (report cover not shown)
Mix & Match Different Level Prompts To Fit Your Child’s Ability