The Ultimate List of Interesting Research Topics for Kids - Wife Teacher Mommy (2023)

Inside: A list of research topics for kids in elementary school or homeschool!

Teaching research skills is so important in elementary school. We can help our students navigate the “how-tos” of research. Learning how to navigate text features in nonfiction books, finding credible sources online, and taking notes are all skills we’ve mastered and can pass on to our knowledge thirsty students.

One of the tricky things is taking the time to come up with interesting research topics for kids and coordinating research units for each topic. Our students still need some scaffolding and guidance, and there are so many things they study in school. How can we possibly decide what topics they should research and have time to put together comprehensive units?

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I’ve got you covered with a list of engaging research topics for kids!

A ready-to-go research unit, that follows my 5 step research process, is also available for many of these topics for your convenience! These unit studies will allow you to expand on content taught in class or start fresh with science and social studies research units complete with everything from unit outlines, parent letters, internet research lessons to help students find credible sources, projects, reports, and journaling pages, and more.

Students will also build their research skills during the process, so these units are a great way to make time for science and social studies with integrated curriculum since you will still teach the necessary language arts curriculum at the same time.

The Ultimate List of Research Topics for Kids

The Solar System

It’s hard to meet a child that doesn’t have some interest in outer space. That’s why this is #1 on our list of research topics that kids will love. This solar system research unit has students research a planet of choice (yours or theirs), create a model, and write a report. Research should be more than just taking notes and writing a report, and this unit really brings art into STEM!

Questions for your students to research about the solar system:

  • What are the names of the planets in our solar system?
  • How big is our solar system?
  • What does the solar system look like?
  • Why does everything in our solar system revolve around the sun?

Other interesting research topics for kids related to the solar system:

  • Research one planet in our solar system
  • The history of NASA
  • Research an astronaut
  • Is the moon made of cheese?
  • Space shuttles
  • The Space Race

Dinosaurs

Next to outer space, dinosaurs also top the curiosity list for elementary scientists. With our dinosaur research unit, you can assign your student or let them choose a specific dinosaur to research. Besides the usual report, students will have a blast creating salt dough fossils of their dino. Dinosaurs are a very fun and engaging research topic that kids will love!

Question for your students to research about dinosaurs:

  • When do paleontologists think dinosaurs lived?
  • What do we learn about dinosaurs from fossils?
  • How do paleontologists learn about dinosaurs?
  • Where did dinosaurs live?
  • When were the first dinosaurs discovered?

Other interesting research topics for kids related to dinosaurs:

  • Extinct animals such as saber-toothed tiger, wooly mammoth, or dodo bird
  • The Ice Age
  • How to help endangered animals
  • How do animals go extinct
  • Are birds dinosaurs?

Landforms

After learning about different types of landforms, the students will research and write a report/presentation about a specific landform and create a salt dough model. Everything is done for you in our landforms research unit!

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Question for your students to research about landforms:

  • What is a landform?
  • What landforms can be found where I live?
  • How are landforms formed?
  • What plants can be found near my landform?
  • What animals can be found near my landform?

Animals and Habitats

Animals and habitats is one of my favorite research topics for kids! The unit starts with students being assigned a habitat to explore and an animal that resides in that habitat to study. Accompanying the report/presentation about their animal is a creation of a terrarium of their habitat and animal. Check out this picture of a terrarium that one of my 3rd-grade students made when I used my animals and habitats research unit!

Question for your students to research about animals and habitats:

  • What does my habitat look like?
  • Where in the world can I find my habitat?
  • What animals live in my habitat?
  • What does my animal like to eat?
  • How does my animal fit in the food chain?

Penguins

Kids love penguins, so why not use them as your next research topic? Your students may not know that there are various types of penguins. After learning about the types of penguins, they’ll have one of their own to study. On butcher paper, they’ll create a life-size penguin to share and integrate math and science measurement standards. This penguin research unit shows us why penguins are such a fun research topic for kids!

Question for your students to research about penguins:

  • What do penguins eat?
  • Who are penguins’ predators?
  • How do penguins communicate?
  • How do penguins move from one place to another?
  • Where do penguins live?

Other interesting research topics for kids related to penguins:

  • Antarctica & the South Pole
  • Polar bears or other arctic & antarctic animals
  • Glaciers & icebergs
  • Galapagos Islands

Volcanoes

What is a comprehensive research topic list without volcanoes! Kids love learning about these miraculous marvels. Of course, students will make their own volcano model after researching in our volcano research unit.

Question for your students to research about volcanoes:

  • How are volcanoes formed?
  • What are the 3 main types of volcanoes?
  • How does a volcano work?
  • Where are volcanoes usually found?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the 3 main types of volcanoes?

Other interesting research topics for kids related to volcanoes:

  • Ring of Fire
  • Volcanic rock
  • Famous volcanic eruptions- Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. Tambora, Mt. Krakatoa, Mt. St. Helen’s

Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters

Tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes, hurricanes, and more! Extreme weather and natural disasters is a very fun and engaging research topic for kids in your classroom or homeschool. The students will create a poster and research paper about a specific weather phenomenon or natural disaster in our extreme weather and natural disasters research unit.

Question for your students to research about extreme weather and natural disasters:

  • What are some examples of natural disasters?
  • What are some examples of extreme weather?
  • What are the causes of extreme weather or natural disasters?
  • Are there any warning signs?
  • How can I prepare for extreme weather or natural disaster?

United States Presidents

The presidents of the United States make a great research topic. With 45 presidents to choose from, each student is bound to bring something unique to the research. With our United States presidents research unit, students will write a report and create a paper plate mask of their chosen president.

Question for your students to research about United States Presidents:

  • What are the requirements to be a US president?
  • How does someone become president of the United States?
  • What responsibilities does the US president have?
  • What privileges does the US president have?
  • Which branch of government does the US president run and how?

Other interesting research topics for kids related to US presidents:

  • US Vice Presidents
  • US First Ladies
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Famous presidential speeches

United States

The United States can be such a great research topic for kids in your classroom or homeschool group because each student can study a different state! Each student will research and write about one of the 50 states before creating a salt dough model to include landforms, bodies of water, and landmarks. This United States research unit is perfect for your state reports.

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Question for your students to research about the United States of America:

  • When and how was the United States founded?
  • What is the US Constitution and why is it important?
  • What is the Bill of Rights and why is it important?
  • What are some famous landmarks in the United States of America?
  • What are some rights and responsibilities of US citizens?

Black History

Black history is a great research topic for kids, especially during the month of February for Black History Month. Through studying black history and the civil rights movements, students will be assigned a black history leader to research and write about. Their final project will be a hand-drawn poster of their person complete with character traits. Be sure to check out our black history research unit!

Question for your students to research about Black History:

  • What are some important events in Black History?
  • How did these events shape civil rights?
  • Who were some Black History leaders?
  • It is important for me to learn about Black History because…

Other interesting research topics for kids related to Black History:

  • The March On Washington
  • Montegomery Bus Boycott
  • Memphis Sanitation Worker’s Strike
  • Establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Establishing Black History Month
  • Buffalo Soliders during the Civil War
  • Tuskegee Airmen
  • NAACP
  • HBCU’s
  • Jim Crow Laws
  • The Little Rock Nine
  • Woolworth’s Lunch Counter
  • Freedom Riders
  • 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

Holidays Around the World

There are so many holidays celebrated around the globe. Even the way Christmas is celebrated in different countries is unique. The unit requires students to be assigned a holiday to research and write about, ultimately creating a holiday decoration to share. This unit even includes special info pages about each of the included holidays. The holidays around the world research unit is a true gem, and it makes a really fun research topic for kids around the holidays.

Question for your students to research about holidays around the world:

  • Who celebrates this holiday?
  • Where is this holiday celebrated?
  • How did the holiday begin?
  • What are some important traditions during this holiday?
  • What are important symbols used during this holiday?

Women in History

Women in history is a very important research topic for kids. It is important for students to see the accomplishments that so many women have made, from the past and into the present. By having children research the accomplishments of women in history, our young girls will know that they, too, can do great things.

Students will either choose or be assigned an inspirational woman from history. Similar to the Black History unit, they’ll research and write, ultimately creating a hand-drawn poster. The women in history research unit is perfect for Women’s History Month in March or any time of year.

Question for your students to research about women’s history:

  • What are some important events in women’s history?
  • How have these events shaped the rights of women?
  • Who are some well-known inspiring women?
  • It is important for me to learn about women’s history because…

Scientists and Inventors

Looking at different innovators and their creations can be fascinating, so of course, it made the cut on our list of research topics for kids. Your students will have a specific person to explore before creating a model of their invention or discovery. You can find everything you need in the scientists and inventors research unit.

Question for your students to research about scientists and inventors:

  • Who are some famous scientists?
  • What are some important accomplishments of these famous scientists?
  • Who are some famous inventors?
  • What are some important accomplishments of these famous inventors?
  • What obstacles did these scientists and inventors face?

Other interesting research topics for kids related to scientists and inventors:

  • Famous inventions & how they work
  • Industrial revolution
  • Radium girls
  • Manhattan Project
  • History of science fiction

Author Study

A perfect pair with language arts, students will study particular authors. They’ll write their own biography of the author and create a bibliography of the authors’ own books. You can get this biography template inside the author study research unit!

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Question for your students to research about the author study:

  • Where and when was my author born?
  • What was my authors’ childhood like?
  • What was my authors’ educational background?
  • What obstacles did my author face and overcome?
  • Some works written by my author are…

Ancient Civilizations

Greece, China, Egypt, and more! Ancient civilizations is the perfect research topic for kids, and you can find everything you need in the ancient civilizations research unit. There are so many ancient civilizations for your students to study and research. They’ll also make a model of an important structure in their civilization.

Question for your students to research about Ancient Civilizations:

  • Which ancient civilization are you going to research?
  • Where was my ancient civilization located? What geographical features sustain the development of the civilization?
  • When was my civilization started and how long did it last?
  • What was daily life like in my civilization?
  • How did the government function in my civilization?

Other interesting research topics for kids related to Ancient Civilizations:

  • The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World– Great Pyramids of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus, Temple of Artemis, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, Pharos of Alexandria
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Code of Hammurabi
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Elgin Marbles

What to do with these research topics for kids?

After each research unit, your students will have a fair to present their models, posters, or other creations. Sharing their research with parents, teachers, other students, and even the community is an important part of taking pride and ownership in their own research.

Don’t stress about creating research units from scratch. Our science and social studies research bundles have you covered!

Try out a few topics with your class! In addition, you can also find all of these research units in my Teachers pay Teachers store!

Want a FREE sample of the research units to use with these research topics?

If so, you can grab a free sample of the units below. This freebie includes pages that will help your student understand how to use text features during their research such as:

  • A book research activity to teach the difference between the table of contents and index using a Venn Diagram!
  • How to use the internet to research activity
  • Finding credible sources activity
  • Student pages AND lesson plans included for each activity
  • Teacher instructions pages so you know just how to use these in your classroom or homeschool setting!
  • Black & white versions of each lesson are also included!

I hope you found the ultimate list of research topics for kids helpful for your students! Have you tried one of these units in your classroom or homeschool? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

FAQs

What are some good research topics for kids? ›

That is why we have done the work for you by creating this list of 10 good research topics for kids.
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The Solar System
  • The History of Space Travel.
  • Should Pluto be a Planet?
  • Types of Stars.
  • Life on the Moon.
  • The Future of Space travel.
  • Do Aliens Exist?
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What topics are kids most interested in? ›

12 Things Little Kids Are Always Interested In
  • Mom and Dad. Learning objective: daily activities. ...
  • Brothers and Sisters. Learning objective: traits and characteristics. ...
  • Cats and Dogs. Learning objective: superlatives and comparisons. ...
  • Cake and Ice Cream. ...
  • Birthdays. ...
  • School. ...
  • Friends. ...
  • Scary Stuff.

What is a good research question for teachers? ›

Can a teacher's expectation affect a student's achievement? Can training students on test taking skills improve performance on standardized tests? Does the use of quizzes/tests in a course increase student achievement? Can early intervention programs improve school performance of children at risk?

What is best research topic? ›

Some common research paper topics include abortion, birth control, child abuse, gun control, history, climate change, social media, AI, global warming, health, science, and technology.

What is a good research question about child development? ›

What Kind of Child Development Takes Place During Prenatal Stage? Are Children Really More Intelligent and Creative than Average Adults? Why Play is Significant in Helping Children Learn and Understand Life. Why Speaking to a Real Person Is More Important for a Child's Growth than Just Playing Games.

What are some fun research topics? ›

Will humanity ever learn to live without an environment? Noise pollution: how does it impact animal life on our planet? Climate science in the modern world. Bioremediation: the fastest way to clean our world from human-made pollution.

How do you make a topic interesting for kids? ›

Ways to Make Learning Process Interesting:
  1. Assign Easy Experiments for Them. ...
  2. Learning Through Field Trips. ...
  3. Make Group Projects. ...
  4. Encourage Children's Natural Curiosity. ...
  5. Showcase Their Interests in the Classroom. ...
  6. Create a Classroom with Multiple Subjects on the Wall. ...
  7. Show Them Interesting Videos. ...
  8. Incorporate Games While Teaching.
18 Oct 2021

How do you make research fun for kids? ›

7 Fun and Creative Ways for Students to do Research Projects
  1. Write a quiz. There are a number of websites where you can easily create your own quizzes. ...
  2. Make a collage. ...
  3. Talking wax museum. ...
  4. Photo scavenger hunt. ...
  5. Turn research into art. ...
  6. Design a magazine. ...
  7. Record an interview.
30 Oct 2018

How can I make my child study interesting? ›

5 Ways To Make Your Child Interested In Studying
  1. Reward them. For younger kids, it is often the bribery of snacks or treats that keeps them motivated to do anything. ...
  2. Make it fun. Never scold your children for not learning something properly. ...
  3. Compliment them. ...
  4. Encourage them to ask questions. ...
  5. Read.

What are the 6 research questions? ›

Qualitative Research Question Types
  • Exploratory Questions. Questions that are designed to understand more about a topic are exploratory questions. ...
  • Predictive Questions. ...
  • Interpretive Questions. ...
  • Descriptive Questions. ...
  • Comparative Questions. ...
  • Relationship-Based Questions.

What is the best topic for research proposal in education? ›

Top 50 List of Research Proposal Topics in Education
  • Does Daycare Help Kids Develop Properly?
  • Violence in Movies and Games: Effects on Education.
  • How can Teachers and Students Work Together to Improve Education.
  • How Psychology Can Help Improve Education.
  • How Fun and Playing Helps Kids Learn.
  • Blended Learning and its Effects.

What are some good research topics for high school students? ›

Interesting Research Paper Topics for High Schoolers
  • Discuss and analyze the impacts of a famous musician on pop music.
  • How has pop music evolved over the past decade?
  • How has the portrayal of women in music changed in the media over the past decade?
  • How does a synthesizer work?
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How do I find new research topics? ›

Ways to Find New Research Topics
  1. Seek out collaborators from different disciplinary backgrounds. ...
  2. Participate in related seminars. ...
  3. Reading to equip yourself with new topics and advanced technologies. ...
  4. Identify a general topic you are interested in or ideas you already have.
4 Nov 2020

What are some good topics? ›

Topics to get to know someone
  • Free time. What do you do in your free time? ...
  • Music. What kind of music are you into? ...
  • Movies. What type of movies do you like? ...
  • Food. What's your favorite food / ethnic food / restaurant / thing to cook / seasonal food? ...
  • Books. Do you like reading books? ...
  • TV. What shows do you watch? ...
  • Travel. ...
  • Hobbies.

What are the 5 main areas of child development? ›

There are 5 key areas of development:
  • gross motor skills, for example crawling, jumping or running.
  • fine motor skills, such as writing and drawing.
  • speech and language.
  • cognitive and intellectual, such as counting or identifying shapes.
  • social and emotional skills, such as playing with other children.

What are the 5 areas we study in a child's development? ›

To determine eligibility for early intervention, a child will either receive a qualifying diagnosis (such as autism) or display a 25% or greater delay in one or more of the five domains of development. These include: physical, cognitive, communicative, socioemotional, and adaptive.

What is the best title for research title? ›

Effective titles in academic research papers have several characteristics.
  • Indicate accurately the subject and scope of the study.
  • Avoid using abbreviations.
  • Use words that create a positive impression and stimulate reader interest.
  • Use current nomenclature from the field of study.
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What are research ideas? ›

The research idea represents the first exposure of the researcher or the researcher-to-be to the possibility of advancing the first steps of the research project. The research idea can be heterogeneous, multifaceted, and only limited by the imaginative capability of the investigator.

How do you motivate children to practice hard things? ›

And there are a number of things parents can do to help motivate kids to try harder.
  1. Get involved. ...
  2. Use reinforcement. ...
  3. Reward effort rather than outcome. ...
  4. Help them see the big picture. ...
  5. Let them make mistakes. ...
  6. Get outside help. ...
  7. Make the teacher your ally. ...
  8. Get support for yourself.
19 Aug 2021

How do I make my child successful in life? ›

5 ways to help set your child up for future success
  1. Stimulate baby talk and treat it as real conversation. ...
  2. Read to your baby to exercise language. ...
  3. Use everyday experiences as learning opportunities. ...
  4. Take play seriously. ...
  5. Lead by example.

What are the 3 types of research questions? ›

They can be further categorized into three types: descriptive, comparative, and relationship. Descriptive research questions aim to measure the responses of a study's population to one or more variables or describe variables that the research will measure. These questions typically begin with “what.”

What is the most common research question? ›

The most common starting questions are “what is your research about?" and “what was your motivation behind choosing this topic?” Later on, the committee asks you more detailed questions on research methodology, literature review, study variables, research findings, recommendations, and areas of further research.

What are the 3 types of research? ›

Most research can be divided into three different categories: exploratory, descriptive and causal. Each serves a different end purpose and can only be used in certain ways.

What are the examples of research in education? ›

Examples of educational correlational research include: Research to discover the relationship between students' behaviors and classroom performance. A study into the relationship between students' social skills and their learning behaviors.

What is the best title for research about online classes? ›

📚 Good Research Topics about Online Learning
  • Knowledge Gradient Algorithm for a General Class of Online Learning Problems.
  • Three Online Learning Strategies.
  • Virtual Learning Environment and Online Education.
  • What Factors Promote Sustained Online Discussions and Collaborative Learning in a Web-Based Course?
9 Sept 2022

What are the new trends of research in teacher education? ›

The most important trends is plagiarism and research ethics. It explains different emerging areas of educational research such as online learning, blended learning, liberal education, indigenous knowledge, bagless school days etc. The research methods such as meta analysis, mixed method and use of qualitative software.

What are the 5 most important things you will need to research about your topic? ›

5 Steps for How to Research
  • Step 1: Pick a Topic.
  • Step 2: Are There Enough Sources?
  • Step 3: Validation: Find the Best Sources.
  • Step 4: Make Notes.
  • Step 5: Organize Your Information.
19 Jun 2022

What is the best title for research in Education? ›

🎓 Education Research Topics List
  • Early childhood education: learning through play. ...
  • Evaluation of the ability grouping method effectiveness. ...
  • How does the blended learning approach affect students' performance? ...
  • Growing classes: do learning outcomes suffer from it? ...
  • The trends in computer literacy.
3 Oct 2022

What are the 12 types of research? ›

Types of research
  • Fundamental research. Fundamental, also known as basic or theoretical, research is designed to help researchers better understand certain phenomena in the world. ...
  • Applied research. ...
  • Action research. ...
  • Causal research. ...
  • Classification research. ...
  • Comparative research. ...
  • Cross-sectional research. ...
  • Deductive research.

How do you choose a research topic? ›

Here are some tips:
  1. Choose a topic that you are interested in! ...
  2. Narrow your topic to something manageable. ...
  3. Review the guidelines on topic selection outlined in your assignment. ...
  4. Refer to lecture notes and required texts to refresh your knowledge of the course and assignment.
  5. Talk about research ideas with a friend.
30 Jul 2021

What are the 3 types of research problems? ›

There are three types of research problem
  • Theoretical research problem.
  • Applied research problem.
  • Action research problem.

What is an example of research problem? ›

For example, if you propose, "The problem in this community is that it has no hospital." This only leads to a research problem where: The need is for a hospital. The objective is to create a hospital.

What are the 7 steps for choosing a research topic? ›

The Seven Steps of the Research Process
  • Step 1: Identify and Develop Your Topic. ...
  • Step 2: Find Background Information. ...
  • Step 3: Use Catalogs to Find Books and Media. ...
  • Step 4: Use Databases to Find Journal Articles. ...
  • Step 5: Find Internet Resources. ...
  • Step 6: Evaluate What You Find. ...
  • Step 7: Cite What You Find Using a Standard Format.
14 Apr 2022

What are the 10 most important benefits of research in our daily life? ›

Here are ten reasons why research is important:
  • #1. Research expands your knowledge base.
  • #2. Research gives you the latest information.
  • #3. Research helps you know what you're up against.
  • #4. Research builds your credibility.
  • #5. Research helps you narrow your scope.
  • #6. Research teaches you better discernment.
  • #7. ...
  • #8.
18 Apr 2020

What are the 5 importance of research in daily life? ›

Answer: My hub provides several reasons as to why doing research is essential in general, including (1) to build knowledge and facilitate efficient learning, (2) to understand various issues, (3) to know the truth and prove lies, and (4) to seek opportunities, among others. It somehow answers your question.

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