I like to start doing research early and even in the younger grades, we start doing it. I did this project closer the to beginning of the year, but never blogged about it for some reason. For first grade, we read and talked about this crocodile book as a whole class. (Crocs are our school mascot.) Then, they completed the 3-2-1 sheet below in pairs. Well, we did the 3 part together, then they did the 2 and 1 sections. The following week, the same pairs did the same thing with various animal books that they read and then talked about with their partners. They love animals, so just gather some lower level animal books and get started!
The photo below is from a similar project with 2nd graders, but I made it a 4-3-2-1 by adding in text feature discussions.