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.

Here are some examples from a favorite Dog Research Companion, which you can get for Free here!

Pet Research Companion Dog Free

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!