In the spirit of documenting activities in my classroom, I will be posting this week about the Bug Study we did at the end of the year.
"little researchers" is very intriguing to me. I did a similar project last year on Arctic Animals, but this year I tweaked it a little.
When beginning the research process, we talked a lot about research. What it is, who does it, how it's done. The kids poured through books on insects and other buggy things.
Finally, they each chose a bug to research. We had a group of boys obsessed with stag beetles, little girls happily drawing ladybugs, and one boy finding out a lot about worms.
Remember, research for kindergarteners is a loose concept!
*My Bug - the name and a quick drawing
*What I Know - 3 things they already knew about the bug
- this is where they asked a question about something they wanted to
know and then wrote the answer once we "researched" it. To find our answers we looked through books and the internet. We did this one-on-one with the kids and they loved helping to find the answers to their questions.
Like It - I tried to get them to really think about what attracted them
to the insect.
This research method could easily be adapted to other areas of study. In fact, I'll probably be doing that next year.