COAL CITY COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 1: Penguins!
Coal City Community Unit School District 1 issued the following announcement on Feb. 16.
Have you ever wondered why a penguin is black and white? Why do penguins waddle?
Our first grade class has been researching animals to prepare us for our informative writing unit. Students will begin researching and writing their own reports soon. Before we begin our own animal research report we have been working together on penguins.
Our whole-group research report is on penguins because we were all curious about the well know animal. Fortunately, our Wonder’s reading unit had “All About Penguins” leveled readers. I went to the library to find other non-fiction, easy read, books, we used the Smartboard to watch a video and utilized an interactive map to view their habitats. The students incorporated many research mediums in their analysis. Once we had our research material, we brainstormed ideas on what facts to cover. Our class decided to write about what they eat, where they live and each partner group chose two interesting “cool” facts.
The class worked in partner groups to research our chosen topic facts. It was amazing to see the different “cool” facts the students chose to incorporate into their writing. We utilized graphic organizers while facilitating our research. Then as a whole group we labeled parts of a penguin to further our knowledge and help us understand some of our interesting facts. Many students were impressed that although a penguin cannot swim, it looks like it is flying in the water.
Our final step, in the full report writing experience, was editing and revisions. Soon the students will be choosing an animal to write their own informative animal research report.
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Source: Coal City Community Unit School District 1