I just did a research project with my 5th graders. I had all the books in
class so they did not need to go to the library and no internet resources and
they had to write it in their sketch books. The requirement was one page,
although many did more than that. Also, at first they fussed, but in the end
several said it was their favorite project all year. I kept it very traditional.
Everything they do for me is very visual, I wanted this to be very academic
and they rose to the occassion. I have done this also with 7th graders but not
with very good results as most of them just copy/pasted from websites,