In first grade we have been learning about astronauts and transportation. Witnessing the student excitement about these topics, my co-teacher and I decided to extend the unit with some choice to learn more about either transportation or space. Using a KWL chart, we gathered their questions, and we gathered some books, from the public library and by creating two collections on EPIC!.
We then had them discuss what they thought a researcher was…here is what they said:
Pretty accurate…right? 🙂
Next we put our researchers to work, by letting them explore the books and recording their notes on a research recording page (a blank paper folded into 8 sections).
We were also able to bring in two guest speakers. One was our principal who shared his expertise with transportation, in particular bikes. One was a middle school science teacher who had been to space camp! The students loved it!
My co-teacher and I have been so impressed by our researchers! They are not only inquisitive, but so diligent about recording and sharing their learning! 🙂