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Animal Research Book

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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.

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6 Responses to Animal Research Book

  1. Natasha Friegang says:

    This is great! I have a question though. Did the kids do the keyboarding, or did you just do that from their written work? if they did do the keyboarding, do you use some sort of keyboard with an iPad, or a desktop? And how did you manage that part? A few at a time? Parent volunteers? Thanks for putting this information out. They should be very proud of themselves!

    • Matt Gomez says:

      We used the web version http://www.littlebirdtales.com and the kids typed their own words on the computer by coping the words from their animal research book. I had them do the actual typing in Microsoft Word so that I could make the print larger. Then after they were done I cut and pasted that into Little Bird Tales. I had 3 or 4 kids at a time typing their words during literacy stations. They are pretty indepndent with that but I did need to help a few with how to capatalize letters. Also several kids put extra spaces between their words so I fixed that for them, I guess they are trying to get the two finger space :)

  2. melissa says:

    Matt I am in love with your blog!! I love using technology too and you have so many great ideas. I used the timers today and my class LOVE it. I am wondering if Little Bird Tales is free? I am also wondering if you use i Pad with your K’s?? If yes, I would love to hear what you love about it. I use Voice Thread with my k’s but I am always excited to explore other things out there. I can’t wait to be a regular on your blog! Happy March! Melissa P.S I found you on Tweeter although I have never tweeted…once I figure it out!

  3. Meliss says:

    Matt I didn’t check off the box if possible could i get an email comment back?

  4. jo reed says:

    Did you tLk about citations at all? I am not sure of Tbe best way to teach or use them with early elementary School children.

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Jo, great question. I do not teach citations. We do talk about plagiarism after winter break. I struggle with this topic, too much seems to limit their ability to learn and grow but I want them to understand the issue also.

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