After brainstorming many "wonders" about the moon, third graders came to the LMC to search for answers. They are using TrueFlix to access an ebook, video, and web resources. They are also using the keyword searching skills they recently learned to search the database DKFindOut and search the web using the KidRex search engine. It's great to see them locating and using non fiction text features in the book to locate the information they need efficiently!
This week, kindergarten students reviewed what they have been leaning about fiction versus non fiction. We practiced looking at books and talking with groups to decide which books are fiction and which are non. They also discussed why they felt each book belonged in each category. This lead nicely into learning about author's purpose. We decided that authors write non fiction to INFORM us and they write fiction books to ENTERTAIN us.
The second graders are deep into researching their Australian territories. Keeping in mind the essential question, "Why do people live in and visit this territory," they are using an online database, a teacher-chosen website, and print sources to take notes to use in their final projects. They are working together and sharing notes with their groups on interesting attractions within their territories.
The second graders kicked off their research on the territories of Australia by taking a virtual field trip to each territory. Through Sphere 360 in a Nearpod presentation students were able to get a 360 degree view of a location in each of the territories. They were able to get a glimpse of and compare locations in Australia. As the students continue to research, they are learning why people live in and visit their assigned territories.
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