I have been doing what I can circle research with my 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Each student sits on the floor in a circle and receives one or two photos. Theses photos sometimes have something to do with the project or sometimes they are the complete opposite. The photos that have nothing to do with the next assignment allow students to compare and contrast ideas.
Step one: Sit on floor
Step two: Receive photo
Step three: Compare and contrast the photos for 2 minutes silently in their own head
Step four: Partner up and think pair share their observations for 1 minute
Step five: Whole group discussion on their observations. (If you listened in you will know who to call on and get the responses you were looking for)
Step six: Create questions to aid in the next project
Step seven: Each student chooses a question and begins their research
Step eight: Students open the slide presentation in Google Classroom, create a slide on the class slide show and hit the following 5 items. (I make each worth 5 points for a total of 25 points)
-Answers (3 bullet points)
-Website where they found the information
Step nine: You can have the students present their slide or tell them to check the powerpoint everytime they have a question (before they ask you).