Research projects do not necessarily have to be a written paper. There are many creative projects that incorporate research while allowing students to utilize numerous academic skills. Advertisements: Create an advertising campaign to sell a product. The product can be real or imaginary. Try using this to teach persuasion as an assignment for speech class or to reinforce skills learned in a business class.
Awards: Create awards to present to historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, or authors. Awards would include a write up of the person’s accomplishments and life.
Biographies: Write the life story of someone else.
Blogs: Create blogs for literary characters or historical figures. Create an actual blog for free at blogger.com.
Blueprints: Create blueprints or floor plans of a historic setting, or an earthquake proof bridge or structure.
Booklets & Brochures: Students can create informational brochures about geographic locations, a story’s setting, or a natural event such as how a tidal wave is formed or how the food chain works.
Calendars & Timelines: Create a calendar or timeline charting the dates of key events. This can be applied to a historical event (like a famous battle), a scientific event (such a the path of Hurricane Katrina), or the sequence of events in story.
Diary Entries & Letters: Write diary entries or letters by a person from history who experienced a historic event.
Editorials: Provide an opinion about a hot topic in history or science. Should the space program be reduced? Is US military intervention in current conflicts appropriate? Is global warming a concern?
Flowcharts/Infographics: Students create flowcharts analyzing and representing a mathematical process, a natural event, or an event in history or literature.
Instructions: Write instructions on how to perform an operation or experiment, or start a World War.
Inventions: Create and illustrate your new invention that address a problem in nature or society. Address environmental or sociological issues.
Magazines/Newspapers: 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.
Posters: Create posters to review skills. As a bonus, many of these posters can often be displayed during state tests, so if your students create high quality posters, the posters may be a useful resource during the test.
Presentations: Create presentations using PowerPoint or Prezi. These be combined with a research paper as a culminating activity.
Radio Broadcasts / Podcasts: Create a script for a radio program or podcast covering any appropriate field of study.
Scrapbooks: Create a scrapbook of a person’s life or important events from a decade.
Websites: Design websites that historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, or authors would have had. Also, student can create websites for historical movements, scientific theories, or literary concepts.