It's that time of year... the kids need to learn how to look up information and then use that information to form coherent paragraphs. It's all about Student Research with me lately!!!
I know I already posted about my new Arctic Animals pack, my Famous African Americans pack, my When I Grow Up pack (different careers), and What a Small World pack (my version of the Olympics, to get the kids learning about different countries) - well, I made up one with 12 American Presidents also, and I'm almost done with a Rainforest Animals pack too. Seriously, I am in LOVE with the clip art over at Educlips. It makes me happy, and my students have been going gaga over it too. They want to color in everything!!
Now, you might be wondering how in the world am I going to have time to do so much research in my classroom. Well I thought about it, and I've broken up all those above packs into things that I want my students to learn full class, and the ones that I want to give them the opportunity to choose... I want their interest levels to be high when they are learning.
During the Olympics we will be completing the Small World booklet together, but the other ones I printed off half size and put them into file folders at the back of the room on my computer table. Now during workshop time/Daily 5, research is an option. They get to choose someone or something that they are interested in and research information about it.
These little pages will be turned into me and they get research points - at this point I'm thinking at least one per week. We are blessed to be able to go to the computer lab every other week for about an hour (it ties into our library time), so if they don't have time to complete a research activity during class, they will have that time as well. I'll be keeping track, and we will be using their notes as a jumping off for informational paragraphs. This is going to be fun!
So, here is the Pin it to Win it opportunity. Simply pin one of more of the items listed below from all my new research options, and then come back and leave a comment with the pin. This will go through the weekend and on Sunday night I'll choose a random comment to win a pack of their choice. Sounds easy, right? When you are over there on TPT, just remember that if you download the preview you get an automatic freebie of a couple pages from the pack. Freebies are always nice. :)
Okay, here are all the links to go and pin:
Hope you had a great day!