Advertisements: students create an advertising campaign to sell a product. The product can be real or imaginary.
Biographies: students research a person that relates to the topic being covered. It could be an inventor, scientist, musician, explorer or someone 'closer to home' like a grandparent.
Bar Graphs: students create illustrated bar graphs. These may be used to explore data sets, use statistics to support a point, or illustrate a growth or change in a market. The graph should reflect the resaerch that has been done.
Blogs: students create blogs to record their 'learning journey as they progress through a research task. They should include their challenges, highlights, the great resources they found etc.. The blog then becomes part of the assessment process both during and at the conclusion of their task. Students will start to develop reflective practice which is a valuable metacognitive skill.
Boardgames: students create boardgames as a result of research undertaken and should reflect key concepts that have been learned. Students play each others games and review them on how informative they were in teaching new knowledge to their classmates.
Brochures: brochures can be made as either tri-fold or bi-folds. Students can create informational brochure’s based on the research they have been doing. These can also be digitised using something like FlipSnack.
Calendars: There are multiple applications for this. As a class activity every student can be responsible for finding dates related to specific events, people or places. Ideas include birth of scientists/artists, natural disasters, battles, key moments in history (e.g. landing on the moon).
Collages: students create a collage or collection of images related to a topic. There are multiple online image repositories now that are Creative Commons which avoids plagiarism issues. Have students select images that reflect different aspects of their research.
Comic Strips or Books: students create an illustrated comic strip or book representing events from history or a work of fiction. Use one of the comic strip generators provided here.
Editorials: students provide an opinion about a topic currently being researched.
Flash Cards: students create question cards that reflect topics being studied. Students use an online flashcard maker to generate the questions and answers. These can then be circulated to all students to test their knowledge an evaluate the quality of their peers' quizzes. If you are a member of Studyvibe find a list of flashcards and quizmakers here.
Glossaries: When students are conducting their research they can also be creating a glossary of terminology that is related to the topic. These glossaries can be used for revision or vocabulary development. They will also help students when writing up their research, regardless of the format.
Infographics: students use an infographic generator or other online tool to create an infographic about their topic. These can be printed, embedded in a website of blog.
Magazines: students create magazines covering large units of study such as the Industrial Revolution or Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, that way many articles can be written. Images may also be drawn or printed and added to the publication.
Maps: students create maps related to their topic. If students in the class are researching different geographic locations then an interactive class map can be developed with links to each student's research.
Newscasts: students deliver important information based around their research topic as a newscast. Newscast can be prerecorded or presented live.
Poems and Raps: students write a poem or rap reviewing relevant research topics.
Questionnaires: students create a questionnaire and survey students to gather an understanding about thematic issues from a text or social problems for a speech or presentation.
Radio Broadcasts: students create a script for a radio program covering current research topic.
Reader’s Theatre: students silently act out the events of a story or text alone or with a group of people while someone reads the text aloud. Students should be given time to prepare their acting.
Multimedia Presentations: there are many tools now that support studetns in the creation of multimedia presentations. These can be presented live, recorded, embedded in websites and blogs or printed.
Stamps: students create commemorative stamps reflecting their research topic.
Storyboards: students create storyboards to reflect a series of events that relate to their topic.
Tests: students generate a series of quiz questions that relate to their research. These can be written or digital. Other students review, read, and research them then answer the questions on the quiz. This reinforces the concepts for both students and allows feedback in a variety of ways.
Websites: students design websites, blogs or wikis related to their research topic. The ability to embed a range of Web 2.0 tools makes the site much more interactive and dynamic.
Word clouds: students create a word cloud to represent the vocabulary of a current research topic.
Other useful resources to help you with your research and study
Studyvibe is a rich repository of great resources for middle school, and high school students. Why not check it out.
The Knowledge Compass will help you create effective research questions for your inquiry.
If you are doing research around the United nations Sustainable Development Goals then this website will give you a head start with your research.