Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to teach our 5 and 6 year olds how to research information and begin writing about it. This is never an easy time of year and a bit challenging since we are in shut down and testing mode. This year we are going at it from a different direction with many of our kids thanks to the IPads that we won back in December. We’ve always done one animal per class and the teacher has had to feed most of the information to the students as they are not traditionally readers of the level they need to be for independent research. With the IPads, we felt there had to be an easier way.
We looked around on TPT and noticed several teachers were directing their older students to websites and information with QR codes. And we were hooked. We then were able to divide up the class into smaller groups who got to pick their own animal based on their interest. Our school just adopted Pebble Go, so that was one great resource for our kids. We put videos through Safe Share to ensure that our “littles” were not exposed to You Tube or it’s crazy advertisements. We created QR codes for each animal and put it on a resource sheet which we printed for each group. Now, later this week, we will let the groups begin exploring their resources and recording their research.
In the coming weeks, I will write about what worked, what didn’t, and what I might do differently next time. For now, I am excited about the prospect of my kids doing their own research (sort of)!
Here is an example of one of their research resources.