Even though this was from a few weeks ago, I promised some of my parents I would post! My students worked soooo hard on their research projects and I was too proud not to share. One of our state standards is to narrow a research question, appropriate to grade level and ability, and use outside sources to answer the question. My Kindergarten colleague and I chose to have students do a research topic on a particular zoo animal and asked them to present their posters during zoo week. I was amazed at my students' presentations and all that they taught ME! Way to go guys! :)
Each day, we chose a different animal to focus on and learn about. We charted webs and facts after we read informational texts. Here is a bubble map we put together on kangaroos!
We even had time to squeeze in a few art activities. Kindergarten literally was a "zoo" that week! Students used brown finger paint to add the giraffe's pattern on its body. Did you know that every giraffe has a different pattern? Also, we used a paper plate to create an elephant.