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Research Begins in Kindergarten

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Keywords: Slideshow, Non-fiction, Research
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Photography, Reading, Writing, Life Science, Technology, Spelling, Science
Grades P-K through 5
School: horizon elementary, davenport, FL
Planned By: susan robinson
Original Author: susan robinson, davenport
Teacher asks students to research a specific non-fiction fact. "What do bears eat?"

Children are presented with many non-fiction books about bears and during a quiet reading period, research these books, looking for pictures of bears eating different things. They are instructed to 'book mark' these pages using a sticky note and to take pictures of them.

Once the research is done and the pictures have been taken, they are to put the books onto the easel for a reading by the teacher. The teacher might paraphrase the contents of the book if it is above their level of reading. With the teacher's help, the students write a sentence about what the bear is eating.

The teacher downloads the pictures and sentences and a picture of the researcher, creating a slide show,

The class has a beautiful book to read about bears. This class book can be accessed during computer time or shared with other classes for their study. If a white board is available, the books can be read by the whole class and used at parent functions.

During the coarse of the year we study many different animal themes. We begin the year with bears and spend 6 weeks learning about them. Then we go into the many different forest animals, jungle and farm animals and the ocean animals.

This plan is also a wonderful way to include vocabulary words, phonics and ofcourse learning about research at a young age.
I remember "research" as being a frightening unknown as a highschooler. I want these children to become comfortable with the word and the activity as young children.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Phonics - they will be using their knowledge of letter sounds to write non-fiction sentences about bears.
Vocabulary - from the readings we will be pulling out words to learn; such as "hibernation.
Life Science - Studying animals through out the year, their habitats, their characteristics, their life cycles etc.
Technology - Using digital cameras and setting up slide shows will become a familiar activity.
Comprehension - The children need to listen and comprehend the facts that I will be reading to them on a daily basis. They are to tell me in their own words what I read.
Write a big book about bears from the dictated sentences the children tell the teacher.
Journal writing - write about what we are learning in daily journal.
Art work to go along with theme
Use of realia to inspire the theme.
Materials: Slideshow, Flash/USB Drives, Point and Shoot
Other Items: 1 chart paper, $3.50 each, total of $3.50
1 markers, $3.00 each, total of $3.00
1 books about bears from library, $0 each, total of $0.00
1 sticky note pack, $1.50 each, total of $1.50
1 bear realia, $29.99 each, total of $29.99
4 point and shoot digital cameras
1 flash/ubs drive
1 slide show software