IIM Research

What, How & Why of Independent Investigation Method

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Why IIM? [Independent Investigation Method]

IIM Research is scaffolded approach to classroom research in 7 manageable steps. The Independent Investigation Method creates a context for integrated literacy (reading, writing and speaking). Students are empowered to become original content creators, collaborators & communicators!

  • 2-Tiered Scaffolded Approach to Classroom Research
  • 7 Manageable Steps in Research Process
  • Context for Integrated Literacy (Reading-Writing-Speaking)
  • Opportunities for Goal-Setting & Evaluation (Clear Deadlines!)
  • Development of Information Literate Content Creators, Collaborators & Communicators

Sample Project Pages :

  1. Space Mission
  2. Animals
  3. Maker Space: Research Challenges
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>> Topic <<

Choose what to study! What do you want to find out?

STEP 1: Topic

Choose what to study! What do already know? What do you want to find out?

•Spark Curiosity with Immersion Activities!

•Generate facts & questions.

•Organize & categorize (graphic organizer)

•Post glossary.

Students will...participate in immersion activities, choose & narrow a topic, record prior knowledge and ask questions.

Enthusiasm and personal interests are a big part of learning!

Brainstorm Questions:

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>> Goal-Setting <<

Make a plan! Set goals.

Step 2: Goal-Setting

Make a plan! Set goals for your research. What are the requirements?

•Develop questions to direct research.

•Set goals for notefacts and new words.

•Define number & types of sources to be used.

Students will...understand learning goals, develop research questions, and create an action plan.

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>> Research <<

Discover New Ideas. Use many resources. Cite sources!

Step 3: Research

Discover the Facts! Use many resources. Cite those facts.

Introduce concept of plagiarism.

•Model & guide notefact-taking.

•Record source itnformation and numbers.

•Reread & revise; encourage thinking & analysis.

•Add new vocabulary to glossary.

Students will...understand plagiarism, identify and cite valid sources, take notes, define topic vocabulary.

Improve Research Projects with Notefacts
Steps to Taking Notefacts & Notefacts Page

Preventing Plagiarism


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>> Organizing <<

Put Notes in Categories. Analyze & Interpret Findings.

Step 4: Organizing

Build a Framework From Your Notes! Put Your Notes in Categories. Analyze & Interpret Findings.

•Reread notefacts & look for categories.

•Cut & manipulate, sort.

•Refer to guiding questions.

•Write category choices on organizing charts.

•Color code magnifying glasses.

•Group/regroup/ cut& paste.

Students will...sort notes by focus question, identify essential ideas, organize on graphic organizer.

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>> Goal Evaluation <<

Check Your Progress & Identify Gaps.

Step 5: Goal Evaluation

Check your progress. Look back to Step 2, How did you do?

• Requirements met for notefacts connected to questions?

• Number of sources & type?

• Where are gaps or holes from research plan?

• Gather additional facts & glossary words as needed.

• Identify/Summarize key findings.

Students will...review goals from Step 2, do more research if necessary to achieve goals, draw conclusions and identify new understandings.

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>> Product <<

Create Something New & Share!

Step 6: Product

Share what your learned! Write about it. Create something new.
Here are just a few possibilities to consider...

•Choose audience & presentation format.

•Plan, design, and write final products.

•Develop topic sentences, develop written product, use
evidence to support conclusions.

•Use technology to publish work for specific audience.

Students will...write paper if assigned, represent information in a variety of ways, choose an appropriate product to share.

Storyboard Templates

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Step 7: Presentation

Showtime! Who’s the audience? Present what you know.

Students will...Make a presentation plan, prepare/practice speaking & listening skills audience & present information in variety of formats.

Technology tools provide opportunities for differentiation, personalization, and flexibility in product creation and presentation. Students can choose from a range of presentation and storytelling platforms to represent their research and share online with diverse audiences. Expression styles may combine text, hyperlinks, images, video, and audio together. With teacher guidance, can choose from a menu of options that connect to identified standards and written expression.

Presentation Rubrics: