At the Shaw, we want all of our students thinking like scientists, no matter what grade. Yes, that means we do research in Kindergarten! In collaboration with the K2 team, I worked with K2 students to complete an animal research project. Each student chose their own animal to research using curated non-fiction resources. The students spent time in the library using online databases to do research and gather facts about the animal of their choice. Students loved listening to audio clips of the sounds their animals made. Our amazing art teacher Ms. Farmer took the books I collected and helped students to design a cover for their animal research books based off of the photographs of animals in the books. The students made books about their animals that included their own illustrations and sentences. Knowledge building, information navigation skills, and database skills were accessible and mastered by all.
Research involves reading, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. That is a huge task for kindergartners, and I am so proud of our K2 students for taking on such a challenging project!
Mrs. Keohane is the School Librarian at the P.A. Shaw. She loves hockey, going to the beach, and reading (obviously!)