Sunday, January 19, 2014

Arctic/Polar Animal Research Project & The Polar Bear and the Husky Pup... Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Where are you?

Arctic/Polar Animal Research ProjectAligned with Common Core

I have been so excited to share this project with everyone. We have had so many things going on in Kindergarten this week. Its been packed full of activities from Daily 5... Work on Writing to our Arctic Research Project! This integrates Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Science, and Math! 

Arctic/Polar Animals Emergent Story with Research Project

Check out our great work! 

We began the week with reading the little book about arctic animals.  I have students actively engaged by coloring along with the story while we read.  We talk about specific details of each animal.  This helps students pay attention to detail: 

Then we deciding which animal we would like to research.  We created a graph and discuss greater than, less than, most, least, and equal to using the label cards. 

Check out the free cards, it is a part of my Arctic/Polar Animal Research Project. 
 Weekly Freebie!

We continued to week with researching our arctic/polar animal on pebble go and using nonfiction books.

I love how all the students were so engaged and willing to work together to complete their work.  Their communication skills and work skills are really growing as little learners! They worked so well together to complete their projects! 

Here are some of the books we also used:

 Arctic Fox

Arctic Books

Here are some of our finished products:





I am combining all of their project papers into a book.  Then they will be sharing their work to the class.  The cover of their book have their picture like this:

Another add on to our project that I was not planning for but its so nice when things just come together!!! Below you will see our wonderful art teacher in our classroom doing a cross-curriculum activity with the students.  She had the students create a clay creation of their animal! We are going to enter into the Art Showcase at the end of the year with all of our clay creations in an arctic scene! We are excited and can't wait to see the final Arctic habitat scene! (We are still working on painting these... I will post pictures when we are finished!)

A few were able to paint their clay creations this week:

The Little Polar Bear and The Husky PupAligned with Common Core

We finished up the week with a fiction story The Little Polar Bear and the Husky Pup.  This is such a great visual for students to see how the arctic is but in a fiction story. We discuss fiction vs. nonfiction and create our favorite part of the story using construction paper.  They had to decide what part of the story their favorite part was in then label:  Beginning, Middle, End.  I like students to really create their own work so I just gave them 1/4 sheet of white and 1/4 sheet of black.  I gave them the option to have a blank blue sheet of paper or a sheet where it had snow on the bottom. 

 Lars and Flo

Polar Bear, Polar Bear Where are you?

During a math/science lesson we closed up our project by using: 
Polar Bear Interactive/Emergent Reader Positional Words

The students love these interactive readers when they are able to move the polar bear around the story! 

Hope you can use some of these resources!! :) 

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