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Kindergarten Blabbers

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!)

Gorilla

Walrus

Pelican

Dingo

Panda

Crocodile

Snowy Owl

Leopard

Sea Horse

Peacock

Thank You NC Aquariums!

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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.

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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!!

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Penguins Can…Get the Kids’ Attention!

Kids love penguins, and polar bears, but we are talking about penguins now. (We talked about polar bears earlier with another grade level, you can’t use them all up with one grade level, you have to spread the fun around some!) With my first graders, we are using the Super 3 to learn about penguins and make a small flip book this rotation, then next rotation we will read One Cool Friend and talk about fiction penguins. But, back to this class…
We read about penguins on National Geographic and in a National Geographic book I have also. Then, the kids created a Penguins can… and Penguins have… booklet. They were to put at least 3 things penguins can do on the one side and draw and label a penguin on the other. They really love making booklets so that makes them even more excited! (One hint I try to remember to do – make the booklet first, then gather info to put into it.) They really impress me with some of the things they think of from what we read.  Here they are working on their booklets today.

Here is the book we read and the front of my sample booklet.

This was my example I made to show the students.

This was my example I made to show the students.

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Polar Bear Sentence Flips

 

100_0272I thought with winter approaching the kids might like to learn more about one of those animals they usually love – polar bears! We made these quick little flip charts with sentence starters for them to fill in as we read. We reviewed the Super 3 Research Process – plan, do, review – and then we read a non-fiction book looking at the text features. They filled in some of the facts they learned from that, then we looked at the National Geographic Creature Feature for more information. I like to try to get information from more than one type of source if we can so the kids see different ways to gather information. They finished off adding some facts and seemed to really like using the flip chart type booklet to help them organize the information. Each flap says either can, are, or have. We ran out of time to add citations, but we did talk about it. Here are the insides of some of their flip booklets. You can click on the pictures to see them enlarged to read better if you would like.
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Hibernation Photostories

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.