Another reader question I had recently was: Will you please post an example of the form that your students use to answer the question? I’m particularly interested in how they cite their source since you allow 2nd graders to answer questions.
This is the form I use for Zoinks:
Research the question of the week, fill out an answer slip, fold it up, and feed it to Zoinks. I count up answers on Fridays and choose 1 winner per 10 answers out of a basket. The winners can choose a book from my book prize box.
Zoinks this year:
Zoinks still asks a question every week at my new school. I introduced him to my 4th graders two weeks ago and I had 38 and 40 answers out of 80ish kiddos, which I think is pretty good! He didn’t come into play until mid year last year. I started him right in the beginning of the year this year which created a few problems. I don’t know what my kids know yet in terms of databases and online resources. I just started working on my website so they have no where to go to get to the online resources, and I completely rearranged the library so they are still figuring out where things are. My solution, which may or may not be the greatest, is to scaffold this center a bit and pull a bunch of books to leave at the center until my website is done and we can review databases.
Sometimes my questions are “thin” like a date someone was born and sometimes they’re thicker questions that take some inferring. So far this year, Zoinks has asked: why do monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed? and how do emperor penguins take care of their eggs?
Zoinks wasn’t being particularly photogenic for this pic and his set up is a little different now that school started. I’ll try and snap a better picture with the full set up.