Types of Research Sources


Teach young researchers to identify different types of sources!



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Introduce elementary learners to types of research sources! In today’s digital age, young learners often mistakenly interchange research sources with search engines. However, we’ve got an exceptional resource that will help your students confidently distinguish between different types of research sources. This will eliminate the common “I just Googled it” confusion.

Do you teach young learners how to research and want them to understand the process? Look no further! This comprehensive resource will guide budding researchers on a thrilling journey through research sources.

Equip students with the essential skill of identifying different types of research sources. Set them on the path to proficiency. Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your curriculum with this complete pack!

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This lesson includes:

  • Standards Based lesson that explains step – by – step how to teach students about the different types of resources. Standards are listed below.
  • Colorful Resource Card Sort Activity for students to sort items to show which are and are NOT a resource.  Print and laminate for repeated use.
  • Cut and Paste the Source → students cut the pictures and past the items that ARE a resource.
  • Circle the Source → students circle the items that are a resource. This activity is available in digital as well.  The print option can be printed in color or black and white.
  • Types of Sources Digital Sort → students drag and drop the items that ARE a resource. Great for tablets and laptops! Can be used with Google Slides™.
  • Traveling Suitcase Sort with directions → a fun activity that gets students up and moving while explaining what is and is not a resource.
  • Types of Resource Poster → great to hang up or place copies at student tables.
  • Types of Sources Digital Game → this is a self-correcting game where students identify if an item is a source or not. QR Code handouts are provided for students to easily access.


This activity supports the following standards:

AASLIdentifying possible sources of information.

ISTE: Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.

Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.

CCSS: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.