I am a prep teacher & I think grade 1 is way too young to be doing research projects for homework. At that age, I would be doing whole class research & showing the kids how to summarise it in our own words as a whole class. That's a skill the teacher needs to explicitly teach, it shouldn't be up to the parent. By the time a child is given a research project for homework, they should be old enough & have been taught the skills to be able to do it independently, IMO. If many parents are feeling the need to contribute and cut/paste for the kids, my opinion is the homework is above the child's skill level. I believe homework at that age should be reading, and POSSIBLY practicing a skill such as writing spelling words or math. Not independent projects.