Anyway, over the years I've always tried to incorporate a cute art activity into the publishing stage of our writing assignment, but I always felt like the kids were being served an injustice if they didn't have a chance to PUBLISH a book like I used to as a kid. Therefore, I met the demands of our state SCIENCE test, Common-Core research writing and speaking & listening standards, as well as my creative passion through the creation of the Animal Research Project!
Awww, do you know how happy I felt to see those brass brads make an appearance in my 4th grade classroom unrelated to calculating elapsed time? It was quite the JOYFUL experience!! All of the student books turned out absolutely darling because they took extreme ownership over this project. Sadly, I didn't take as many pictures of the student books as I would have liked as they were quite eager to take their graded projects home! Sneak a peek at 'em below.
Types of Wolves
All About Caribbean Flamingos
Diagram of a Caribbean Flamingo
Since then, my students have become quite the curious lil' investigators in their abilities to research various topics online. So, I developed this kid-friendly bibliography sheet for my kiddos to record their print and online resources as they research. Thought I'd share it with the bloggy-sphere since it seems to be a new expectation with the Common Core standards across MANY grade levels! Just click the image to be taken to the promised freebie!
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