You can catch up on Part 1 here. Presenting Our Information:After we found all the facts we were looking for, I typed them up in simple sentences. “near the ocean floor” became “Octopuses live near the ocean floor.” Then I cut each fact into strips so each student would have one fact to add to our nonfiction book. I don’t have a lot of time, but it you do, you could have students write the sentences and practice some nonfiction writing. Each student had one sentence and one book page. We talked about how to make our picture match our words and got to work. The did an awesome job! Adding Text Features:Like I said, the timing of this project … Continued
I just wrapped up some SUPER fun octopus research in first grade! This is the first time I’ve done “real” research with first graders. I didn’t have first grade last year and this year I found it challenging to decide what to do with them in the first part of the year. Now, I think we’re finally in a groove and are doing great things! I started this whole-group project with the goal being to take the kids through the research process. We’d share our learning by creating a nonfiction book to keep on the shelves in the library. I’m so proud of how well these first graders did with their first big research project!Fiction and Nonfiction Octopuses:As a lead in to … Continued
First graders were doing character studies in their classrooms so I thought it would be fun to meet a few characters in the library. We “met” new characters each class for a few weeks. After we met Frog and Toad, Squid and Octopus, and a few other fantastic book characters, students introduced their favorite characters. They are now hanging around the library inspiring readers to try out their books. You can find a free copy of the character introduction paper we used in my TPT store!