Animal Research Book
Open house is only a few days away and my class is finishing up their animal research projects. We have been researching about animals for the last three weeks and making the book the last two weeks. We used BrainpopJr (see here) to learn about habitats and have had animal books in our research center (see here) to explore and investigate animals but making the actual book is the best part. The kids made four pages for their research book; what it eats, how it moves, where it lives (habitat) and interesting facts about their animal. They first created their story on paper which I will make into a book with spiral binding. After finishing their story we had the kids make a digital version using Little Bird Tales and this one page will be added to the back of the paper book. If you want more info on setting up and using Little Bird Tales look here. One of the great features of this web tool (also has an iPad app) is that you can record the audio of the kids reading the page. Last year we had the kids make all four pages in the digital version of their book but this year we only made the one page on Little Bird Tales. I think it is important that the kids have the opportunity to use digital tools to create but that does not mean it has to be the entire project. I think the process we used is a good balance for Kindergarten.