We had fun blabbering on in Kindergarten! By that I mean we created animal blabbers with Blabberize! We have used Blabberize recently with third graders, but I had not tried it with kids younger than that before, but when a K teacher asked me about an animal project – I thought we might be able to give it a try!
The teacher wanted to research animals with a high reading group, so I suggested creating a final project with Blabberize. We had planned to research one day and do the blabbers the next day, but the K schedule got moved around a bit, so she ended up doing the blabbers as a center in the classroom. We used a graphic organizer that asked for 3 things they learned, 2 interesting facts, and 1 question they still had. We had them choose an animal from books I had pulled that they would be able to read. They had about an hour for research in partners the first day and the teacher said it took about an hour to do the blabbers, but she had already used Creative Commons to find pictures to make it easier to get started. We are really excited about the results and the kids were super happy to see the finished products. We will definitely try this again!! Here are some of the final projects. (I tried embedding them, but the links work better!)
Skyping with Fort Fisher Aquarium
What an amazing opportunity we had today! Andy from Fort Fisher Aquarium skyped with one of my third grade classes today and it was fantastic! There is an element in our science curriculum now about fresh, brackish, and salt water environments. I emailed the aquarium to ask for some resources and to ask if they would talk to our class. They said they don’t usually but would help us out.
That is where Andy came in! He is the Outreach Coordinator at Fort Fisher and he did a great interactive presentation with the kids. Learning about the 3 areas of water was so clear the way he talked about it! He showed the kids turtles from fresh water and salt water (yes, REAL turtles!) and then showed them one from the brackish water areas that had a hybrid of characteristics from fresh and salt water turtles. He also showed them some other animals and talked about how we can work to keep our water cleaner.
The kids loved the presentation, had a ton of questions for him, and now they are so excited to learn more about everything he talked about! Thank you SO MUCH for a wonderful opportunity NC Aquariums!!
I decided to get brave and try something new. I have done photostories with older kids before but I had not yet tried them with Kindergarteners. I decided to do some hibernation research with them and have them create a class photostory with the information they learned. I think they are turning out pretty well! I have not finished every class yet, but have done most of them.
We just talked about different animals that hibernate and each table was assigned an animal to illustrate hibernating. I also gave them some pictures of the animals to look at at the tables. Then they thought of a sentence about the animal hibernating for the photostory. You can see the end results here, just click on each class to see the different ones.