Manic Monday Freebie {Question Words} and Research Notes

I am linking up with Classroom Freebies for Manic Monday.  Below is my freebie.  It is a foldable for recording question words.  Just fold in half and cut on the lines between each question word.  Then students can record their topic on the back and the questions on the inside.
We are beginning research this week.  It is amazing what a hard time my kids have coming up with questions. Sure, they ask me questions ALL DAY long!  But for some reason, when I ask them for questions about a specific topic, sometimes it's like they have no idea what I am talking about.  So, we need lots of practice!!  Click on the image to download the document.

Along the same lines, above is what we are going to use to organize our research notes.  This is not my idea, but something a colleague shared with me last year and it worked really well.
Each student will choose an animal, since that's what they are studying in science.  We use the giant 12X18 paper and fold/label it like below with the questions up top and the sources down the side.  Then we do the same on the back, for a total of 6 questions (i.e. What does a monkey eat?  Where does a monkey live?)
Then students use their sources to look for answers to their questions.  They record the notes in the correct box (under the question, next to the source it came from).  This way, when they go to write their paper, students have all the information about a particular topic in one column.

I hope you have a great Monday!


  1. Printed off and ready to use! My kiddos love foldables. Thanks for sharing!

    The Teacher's Desk 6

  2. You might like my pocket research folders. It is an extension of what you are mentioning above. I teach 4th grade, but the science teacher at my school uses the pocket research folders in all of her 1-4 science classes! Thanks for sharing the foldable. Caitlin (

  3. Thank you! I will definitely be using this :)
    The Techie Teacher

  4. Thanks for sharing. We are starting our research papers in a few weeks.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. After spring break (spring ha! It's snowing), my first graders will be writing All About Books. I will use your foldables to help my students think about what their readers might want to know about their topics. Thanks for the idea and the great resource.
    Kathy's First Grade Adventure

  6. Thanks for the freebie! I found your cute blog from the Five for Friday linky :)

    Kaleigh's Klassroom


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