This past month Brimhall Kindergarteners learned about reading and writing non-fiction. In library, we first practiced reading informational texts and finding the answer to three questions about animals:
- What does my animal look like?
- What does my animal eat?
- Where does my animal live?
The next week, students came to the library and learned about note taking. We first listened to information about our animals using Pebble Go! (My very favorite resource for informational reading in the primary grades). Students then used books to read the pictures and take notes as I modeled to them each different topic.
Kindergarten teachers and teaching assistants and I were all on had to work with students as they learned and researched their Minnesota Animal.
In the classroom, teachers used the information the students gathered to write reports. This was a great effort on collaboration.
During library the next week, we used the iPads and the Little Bird Tales app to draw our animals. We took photos of the students final reports using the iPad, and then recorded their voices reading their text. I just listened to my daughter's from last year, and had a little moment with how much she has grown in one year. There is something magical about hearing your child's voice reading their writing.
Lastly, after a few technical difficulties-- I uploaded all the projects to the web. Here are our projects. All of us are extremely proud of the work our kiddos did!
We can't wait for parents to view them at the Minnesota Program later this week!