Friday, May 20, 2011

Animal Research Projects

Last week as we were learning about the characteristics of amphibians we checked out several books from our school library about different kinds of frogs.  After looking at the books we got the idea to create a little research activity.  We divided our kiddos into groups of four and gave them each one of the frog books.  Within each group the students had to work together to fill out a graphic organizer.  Then they had to make a poster about their frog.  It had to include a picture of the their frog in it’s habitat and have facts they had learned printed on it.  We made sure that each member of the group had a part in every step of the project.  After each group completed this activity they got to get up in front of the class and share what they had learned.  The kids absolutely LOVED it!!! 

They loved it so much that we decided to extend the project and let our students research an animal from each of the other animal groups.  {I’m sure the librarians are just loving us . . . they are trying to get all of the books checked in and shelved and here we are checking out arm loads of books about reptiles, mammals, fish and birds.} These activities have been a BIG success.  Not only have our kids learned how to locate information in a book using the index, but they have learned some fascinating facts about a variety of animals.

If this sounds like an activity you and your kids would enjoy click {here} to download the set of graphic organizers that we created.  Hopefully your school library will have as many books about each animal group as ours did.  animal research signature

7 comments:

  1. These are wonderful! Easily usable for older grades. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I love these! Thanks so much!

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  3. Fantastic graphic organizer. Thanks for sharing.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  4. I now follow your blog, it's really fun!! =)

    mrs tabb

    First Grade Awesomeness

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  5. Absolutely amazing! Thank you so much!

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  6. You've made teaching about animals fun with these worksheets. Thank you.

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  7. Love these graphic organizers and think they are great for helping young students grasp the idea of collecting facts. May I suggest one more step? At the bottom of each page, putting a small set of icons for students to indicate the source for their information: a picture of a book, a person, and a computer(student circles appropriate icon). With Common Core guidelines, we are being asked to help even the youngest students to understand the concept of citing their sources.

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