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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Inquiry and research: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student engages in both short-term and sustained recursive inquiry processes for a variety of purposes.

Use a rubric to observe a student during the research process.

Sample Rubric:
1) The student is unable to develop and follow a research plan.
2) The student develops a research plan, but unable to follow a research plan or vice versa.
3) The student develops and follows a research plan with adult assistance.
4) The student develops and follow a research plan with little to no adult assistance.

This skill requires extensive modeling by the teacher and should be introduced and practiced as a whole-class activity. Therefore, demonstrated proficiency of this skill is expected toward the end of kindergarten.

In kindergarten, adult assistance requires explicitly guiding the students through the process of developing and following a research plan. The teacher will need to model each step of the process and show the students what they will be expected to do by thinking aloud and asking prompting question. Also, providing students with scaffolds such as sentence stems, graphic organizers, and anchor charts will assist students in meeting this SE. This process of developing and following a research plan will be highly collaborative.