Independent Study
Age 9-11: Concept 4 - Systems: Unit 3

In this unit you will learn how to find, organize, and present information on an interesting subject. You will take notes from sources, write a report, and develop a product to share your findings with others.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the science unit: The Human Body.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: What Is Independent Study?
  • Lesson 2: Select a Topic
  • Lesson 3: Developing Questions
  • Lesson 4: Finding Information (4 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Writing Your Report (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Developing a Product (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Adjust pitch, tone, and body language when making oral presentations. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze and integrate information from one or more sources to expand understanding of text including graphs, charts, and/or maps. (Language Arts)
  • Cite sources of information. (Language Arts)
  • Compose a draft that conveys major ideas and maintains focus on the topic with specific, relevant, supporting details. (Language Arts)
  • Conclude with a paragraph that summarizes the essay. (Language Arts)
  • Conduct research for assigned projects or self-selected projects. (Language Arts)
  • Draw from more than one source of information when writing a report (e.g., speakers, books, newspapers, other media sources). (Language Arts)
  • Establish and support a central idea with a thesis sentence at or near the conclusion of the first paragraph. (Language Arts)
  • Form and revise questions for investigations, including questions arising from interests. (Language Arts)
  • Frame central questions about an issue. (Language Arts)
  • Include facts and details for focus in report writing. (Language Arts)
  • Include supporting paragraphs with simple facts, details, and explanations. (Language Arts)
  • Locate relevant information on a topic. (Language Arts)
  • Make oral and written presentations using visual aids with an awareness of purpose and audience. (Language Arts)
  • Produce research projects and reports in effective formats using visuals to support meaning. (Language Arts)
  • Provide an introductory paragraph for a paper. (Language Arts)
  • Use planning strategies to generate topics and organize ideas. (Language Arts)
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