So here is what we did. I created a QR code so the first graders had easy access to get to the website and I created a dinosaur graphic organizer where they could take simple notes. The notes they took were the categories that were on the website (what they ate, when the lived, number of feet (2 or 4), how tall they were, what type of teeth (flat or sharp) and they had to write down one cool fact about their dinosaur. I guided them through the process on the smart board, put them in pairs, gave them their iPad's and papers and they were off. It took three library lessons to finish this (we only spent about 20-25 minutes on lesson time before checkout). Most of the first day was exploring the different dinosaurs, most of the second was spent taking good notes and most of the third day was spent making their "Dinosaur cards" for the display. So I picked the Question, "How Tall were the dinosaurs?" to be our sharing question from our research. So each student, after they finished taking notes got an index card and drew their dinosaur and wrote its name and then added it to my dinosaur wall next to a sign saying how tall the dinosaur was. We used "kids" as our unit of measurement (The dinosaur was 3 kids tall). I wanted the wall to have the units spaced out so "4 kids tall" was actually 4 kids tall but that would have quickly gone through my ceiling, so we had to scale it down.
The kids loved this project, they loved the iPad research, the dinosaur topic. Overall I think they were happy and I was happy.