Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kindergarten MN Animal Research

In kindergarten students have been learning that non-fiction books give use information. Students have been learning about the biomes of Minnesota in their classes. In library, we practiced reading for information. We learned that researchers can use the pictures to help get facts. Reading pictures is one of the ways that we read books.

Students were each given a Minnesota animal to become experts on. In library they found out: What does my animal look like, what does it eat, and where does it live.

In class students then wrote about their animals and drew a picture. In library, students then used Little Bird Tales to create an online report of their learning. In class, they recorded themselves reading their report.

Click your child's class to see and hear what we learned!

Mrs. Albert's Class
Mrs. Kong's Class
Mrs. Mohamed's Class
Mrs. Showalter's Class
Ms. Tyrer's Class

Students did a great job! (make sure to notice that each teacher has 2 pages.) Also-- you might need to turn up the volume.

**A BIG thank you to all the parent volunteers that helped with this project!


  1. what sources did the students use to find information about the animals? This is a great idea!

    1. Hi-- I start out having the students "read" a book about their animal on PEBBLE GO- an online paid database (worth every penny for primary grade research). The computer reads them the book so they get background knowledge. They don't take notes-- just listen.

      Then I have bought a bunch of easy readers on the animals we study. I tried to find books that had pictures that showed the answers to our questions. Most books at a primary reading level/interest level answer these 3 big ideas.

      Scholastic has s set that has pull outs that I really like called BLASTOFF READERS SERIES. They aren't complex- which works well for kindergarten kiddos. I try to have 2-3 different books about each animal.