Lesson 5 of 8
Objective: Students research information about different insects with a 5th grade buddy to create a picture report.
This lesson is meant to meet our research project standards in kindergarten in the state of Arizona. Since this project requires quite a bit of reading, I have set this project up with the help of a 5th grade class.
Each kindergarten student is partnered up with a 5th grade student and they work together to research and insect and create a PicCollage on the iPads to show what they have learned about a particular insect and their habitat.
To begin the project, I have already assigned the students who will work together. I did this with the 5th grade teacher in order to pair students up with partners that will compliment each others strengths. The 5th grade teacher works with her students ahead of time to teach her students how to be the mentor to the kindergarten student. She models for them what it looks like to teach and guide rather than doing it for them. This takes a lesson ahead of beginning the project.
In a bowl, I have the names of 25 insects on cards. The kindergarten students come to the bowl one at a time to draw a card. That is the insect that they will learn about.
I use turn taking sticks to call the students up. Turn taking sticks make things fair and save time.
As students have selected their insect, the older students will help lead them to resources to learn about them. The iPad cart is available, the library is available and the computer lab is available.
Each kindergarten student is given a paper with guided questions on it. This will help students to look for and find answers to in order to keep them focused.
The questions include:
1. What is the name of your insect?
2. Where does this insect live?
3. What does this insect eat?
4. Are there any interesting facts about this insect?
There are only four questions because I want to keep the focus of the kindergarten students.
The students will take the questions, research with their older buddy who will be able to read information to them and answer the questions. The older buddy has been instructed to be the teacher and to not do this work for them. They are essentially there to help with the reading. They can also help with doing some of the writing but they have been instructed to only write what the kindergarten students asks them to write.
I have also asked the older students to expose the kindergarten students to a variety of sources. I ask that they have information from the internet and from books. I feel it is important for the kindergarten students as well as the the 5th grade students to understand that information can come from more than one source.
After the hour of research time that is given, I bring back all students to the classroom. They will have to sit where they can find a place as there are now two classrooms of students in my room.
I explain to them that since their research part is finished, they will now put it into a PicCollage for presentation purposes.
I ask that the students take some time to discuss with their buddy what kinds of things they may put into the presentation before ending for the day.
I break this in to two separate lessons because of the length of time that it will take to do it in its entirety.
Doing this research project directly correlates to the science and engineering practices. Students in kindergarten learn to use many resources to obtain information. They can create diagrams, pictures and other materials to present their findings and research.