Grades 4 Research Graphic Organizers


Help your fourth graders organize their research, think critically about it, AND remember to cite their sources..

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Teaching fourth graders to research involves many moving pieces. Like: bibliographies, collecting important details, drawing conclusions, paraphrasing. 

These note-taking sheets help students transfer reading comprehension and writing skills that students learn during reading and writing. They are similar to a main idea/details or box and bullets that many popular literacy programs teach.

In addition to that, each note taking sheet has a section that reminds students to cite their source. If they need additional support with that, a printable checklist is provided to guide them through that process.

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This graphic organizer pack includes:

  • Standards Based Lesson that outlines how to engage students in the note taking process. Standards are listed below.
  • 6 Research Note Taking Sheets: includes 4 styles of organization. This is a perfect option for you to choose which works best for your students, helps you differentiate for them, or encourages students to self-differentiation.
    • Main Idea / Details → Students record their research question as the main idea and record the research as the details. 2 versions available to differentiate for students who many need less on a page.
    • Box & Bullets → Students record their research question in the box and record their research as the bullets.
    • One pager format → students record their research question, research notes, and can include a picture/diagram/graph as part of their notes.This is a great option for students who use visualization as a comprehension tool or processing strategy.
    • Hamburger / 4 Door Model → Students record their research question at the top, include the notes in the middle, and their conclusion at the bottom.
  • All graphic organizers include a space for students to draw a conclusion about the information they collected. This engages them in critical thinking and pushes them beyond a consumer of information.
  • All graphic organizers are available to print. 
  • There are 2 links for digital note taking sheets. One to use with Google Slides, and another to use with Seesaw.
  • Student handout with QR Code linked to a video tutorial. They explain how to use the graphic organizer. Just print the sheet, place it at tables or in centralized space, and use it as an independent tool for students to work through the process. 
  • Citation Checklist → Each graphic organizer includes a small section to visually remind students to cite their source. Once they do, they check the box. If they need further assistance, the checklist will guide them through the steps.
  • Student Examples that show what notes can look like in 2 styles when completed in Seesaw
  • Detailed directions to help you use the digital graphic organizers.


These Standards are Addressed in this Lesson:


  • Formulating questions about a personal interest or a curricular topic
  • Continually seeking knowledge, Engaging in sustained inquiry.


  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.  
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.


  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. 
  • Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.