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But my unit was still just a lot of reading books and watching videos. This year, I decided to shake things up a little--by creating a Kindergarten Zoo!
Whenever I plan a unit, I start by looking at the standards for that unit and planning my learning objectives. My job is simple. And rather than spinning my wheels trying to teach my kids material that is possibly developmentally inappropriate and possibly causing them to develop misconceptions, I make darn sure they develop a thorough and sound understanding of the concepts I am responsible for.
And I make sure we have lots of fun doing it!
I started by reading one of my favorite books. I asked the kids if they wanted to make a pretend zoo in our room and the answer was a very enthusiastic YES! After I calmed them down and explained that--no--they could not bring their dog to school--we hatched a plan.
We decided that we wanted to bring stuffed animals and other animal toys to school. We would make sure they were as realistic as possible so no pink leopards or red teddy bears. We would make signs to tell visitors all about the animals. To do that, we would have to learn all about the animals. I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
But I made the kids think it was ALL their idea. This is how I made it inquiry-based: I did not tell the kids how to sort the animals. I did not even tell the kids what the different physical characteristics are. I let the kids tell me!
I used these animal cards, which you can download for free in my TPT store. First, I gave the kids a few minutes to explore and talk about the animals.
Then, I let them work together in table groups to sort the cards any way they wanted to! They sorted them in some unexpected ways--like cute and gross true story. I just let them do it and then eventually guided them to sort by the characteristics I wanted them to learn again--making them think it was all their idea.
For example, I saw that one group sorted by color YES! Then the kids listed all the colors they saw while I recorded them on an anchor chart. I pushed them to come up with any colors they missed through questioning: What animal is this?
What color is it? We took the vocabulary the kids came up with and worked together to create an Interactive Science Word Wall that the kids continued to use throughout the unit. We used the word wall to write about our animals in our science notebooks. On the next day, we repeated this process.
This time, they sorted by number of legs. I had to guide them to include all of the characteristics I wanted them to learn. So I had to prompt them.
What about the bee? And we kept adding to our Interactive Science Word Walls and writing in our science notebooks. All the while, we read lots of animal books And visited lots of zoo websites And, finally, we were ready for the animals We did a lot of comparing animals.
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Informative Writing in Kindergarten 1 Table of Contents group instruction and modeled writing activities to shared, collaborative, and guided experiences. Students are gradually released to independent writing.
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