We usually did this assignment once a week, with kids who were in middle school. They would take a certain topic-- for example, "citrus fruits"-- and use whatever sources they wanted (since modern times and the internet this has always been online searches, but some of our oldest kids did use books back in the day . . .), making a list of 10 facts about the topic.
There were no requirements other than finding 10 facts-- they didn't have to write complete sentences, or find any certain types of things. The whole idea was just to give them a short research project, to get them used to the process of doing "research." (You know, the kind of thing you need to be doing when you're writing reports and research papers, and also just learning in general.)
To keep time and a schedule from getting in the way of just enjoying the assignment, the kids would do the fact hunt as the last thing in their morning schoolwork . . . so if it took them a few minutes longer or shorter, there were no worries or pressure.
Since this was one of our most favorite writing projects to do, I wanted to make a short ebook about it, with lists of suggestions for topics. So now, (drumroll, please) a "Fact Hunts" ebook is ready! And even more awesome, it is also a freebie, available to anyone on our website.
Here is what the cover looks like; there are 12 pages total, with ideas given for 4 years of fact hunts.
Come and see! Please download and try these out, if this sounds like something you might like to include in your homeschool. And also, please share the freebies page link (but not the ebook itself; we'd like people to be downloading it from the website) and let your friends know about this research writing resource!