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Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!

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Writing Reports in Kindergarten? Yes!

Grade K
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Two to ten 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Devon Hamner

Devon Hamner

Grand Island, Nebraska

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

Report 1: Documentation of a Science Exploration
Example: An Apple Report

  • Each student will need to bring an apple from home, or the teacher should provide each child with an apple to examine and work with.

  • Unifix cubes

  • Balances

  • String and scissors

  • Apple report forms

  • Pencils and crayons

  • Books to enrich this project might include

    • The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

    • Pick Me An Apple! From Seed to Tree by Shelly Rotner

    • An Apple a Day by Melvin Berger

    • Growing Apples and Pumpkins by Amy and Richard Hutchings

    • The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

    • Johnny Appleseed by Madeline Olsen

    • I Am an Apple by Jean Marzollo

  • Bookmarked Websites


Report 2: Picture Journaling
Example: An Animal Report

  • A rich variety of nonfiction picture books about many different animals. Such books might include the following:

    • My Big Big Book of Animals by Barbara Taylor

    • My First Book of Nature: How Living Things Grow by Dwight Kuhn

    • My First Book of Animals: From A to Z—More than 150 Animals Every Child Should Know by Christopher Egan, Lorraine Hopping Egan, Thomas Campbell Jackson, and Diane Molleson

    • ZooBooks published by Wildlife Education, Ltd.

    • Scholastic's Rookie Read-About Science sets

    • Books from the Life Cycles Set or the World of Animals Set published by Newbridge

    • First Discovery Books published by Scholastic

    • What's Inside? Books published by Scholastic

    • First Facts Books published by KidsBooks Incorporated

    • The Magic School Bus series of books by Joanna Cole

    • Reading Discovery Books by Carolyn MacLulich published by Scholastic

    • The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbon

    • Science for Emergent Readers series from Scholastic

  • Videos about animals, such as the following:

    • Nature Series videos, especially the "A First Look" series distributed by Diamond Entertainment Corporation

    • National Geographic Kids video series, especially the "Really Wild Animals" sets narrated by Dudley Moore

  • Bookmarked Websites about animals

  • (optional) Animal Inquiry Map

  • General writing supplies (pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.)

  • Clay

  • A chart tablet and marker

  • Journals: one per student developed from the questions the children decide their reports should answer. (Make extra copies of each page for children that want to revise their first attempts.)

  • One writing file folder per student during the drafting and writing process.


Report 3: Riddle Writing Combined with Art Productions
Example: Turning Animal Reports into Riddles

  • A rich variety of nonfiction picture books about many different animals

  • Videos about animals

  • Bookmarked Websites about animals

  • Blank sheets of paper to take notes

  • 9 X 12 inch sheets of construction paper in a variety of colors

  • Art supplies: markers, paint, clay, construction paper in an assortment of colors, tissue paper, etc.

  • Computer for word processing, printer, and paper

  • Upper grade study buddies

  • Riddle Books, such as the following:

    • Animal Q & A: Whose Baby Am I? by Shirley Greenway

    • Where Am I?: Learning Riddles by Peter Ziebel

    • It Begins with an A by Stephanie Calmenson

    • What Am I? by N. N. Charles

    • Set 1: Little Riddles by Educational Insights: riddle cards with 4 clues and the pictured answer on the back

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Animal Inquiry

Grades   3 – 6  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Animal Inquiry

Supporting inquiry-based research projects, the Animal Inquiry interactive invites elementary students to explore animal facts and habitats using writing prompts to guide and record their findings.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

Report 1: Documentation of a Science Exploration
Example: An Apple Report

  • This report is designed as a concluding activity to a theme exploration on the life cycle of apple trees or a study of apple trees during the four seasons of the year.

  • Gather all materials.

  • Make copies of the report form.

  • Either make a chart or overhead of the Five Senses.


Report 2: Picture Journaling
Example: An Animal Report

  • Assemble all supplies.

  • This report is designed as a concluding activity to a theme exploration of living things.

  • Head the chart tablet with: What We Wonder About and Want to Know About Animals.

  • Bookmark the Websites.

  • Prepare a letter to parents telling them about the project and inviting them to help their children find sources of information and learn more about their chosen animals.

  • Set up a time for the upper-grade study buddies to meet with your class during 1-3 sessions.

  • Assemble file folders labeled with each student's name and arrange for a place to store them.

  • Prepare journal pages once questions decided by students.


Report 3: Riddle Writing Combined with Art Productions
Example: Turning Animal Reports into Riddles

  • Assemble all supplies.

  • This project is designed to follow a theme exploration of living things. I have used riddle writing both as an extension of the animal reports documented above and as an alternative to the journal reports.

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