This post is going to be a short and sweet one! I’ll share my working definition of a research companion and a brief explanation of how I use them in my classroom:
A Research companion is a set of materials that supports students as they read and learn about a certain topic. For me, it usually includes graphic organizers (sometimes more than one choice like a web organizer and a can,have,are graphic organizer), writing pages (I like to include multiple line sizes). I’ve also used anticipation guides now and then or a KWL chart.
I like to use these guides to support students by having the topic listed on the graphic organizers and writing pages as well. I also like to have some sort of graphic or clip art drawing of the topic. They are great for building independence like in a research center, writers workshop, or during writing lessons.
I’ll write more about research companions soon, but if you’d like to check out some of the ones I’ve created and used- Click here!