I know that I have struggled with how research is supposed to look on a continuum. How does it differ from grade 1 to grade 2? What skills should they know? How deep do we go down the critical thinking well? I find these questions especially important with all the information that we have at our fingertips.
Luckily for us, the leg work has already been done by the OLA! This is the Information Studies Curriculum. It identifies the skills and abilities grade by grade, and gives you a starting point for leaping into research. It’s been around since 1999, but I have found the information to be malleable to the reality of our classrooms today.