Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Animal Research Information

Ava, Justin, and Alex work together to record facts about the King penguin.

The past few days we have been learning more about penguins.  Small groups have worked together to research information about a specific penguin.  We have used books and iPads to read and record facts about penguins. 
Your child came home with a book or two from the library, a research packet, sticky notes, and a bright pink letter titled "Animal Report Information."  Below are some tips on helping your child complete his/her research at home.  If you have any questions, please let me know!  I will check my email throughout the weekend.  Thank you!

  • Use the nonfiction text features (table of contents, headings, captions, etc) in the book to help you.
  • Your child's packet will seem "blank" when finished.  He/she only needs to record notes on sticky notes and stick the notes to the appropriate pages in the packet.
  • Your child should not write words or draw pictures on the white pages of the packet.
  • Record 3-4 facts for each topic of the packet.
  • Your child could read his/her animal book for Bookworm Homework.
We will do all of the paragraph writing in class.  Please just help your child record facts on sticky notes.  We use sticky notes for a couple of reasons: 1. to keep the fact simple (try not to record long, complete sentences) and 2. we can move the sticky notes around when we are working on writing paragraphs.

If you need or want more information, click on the link below:
There are many great websites found on this page, but I recommend using World Book and Kids InfoBits.

To use World Book, click on the words "World Book" at the top of the page.  You can click on "World Book Kids" or "World Book Student."  To access the World Book Web from home, you will need to enter the username (TSDwb) and the password (Troy).

To use Kids InfoBits, click on:
Good luck!  Happy researching!
Mrs. Wood


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