During one period this week, we explored the parts of nonfiction books. Searching through a dozen different books, we found the title page, index, glossary, table of contents, and captions. We also thought about what information we could get from each section.
This morning our researchers worked in partner groups. Their goal: find answers to certain questions from a nonfiction book. They were researching from a number of different books – some people had a book on oceans, some had one about fish, another group had a book that was all about tarantulas, and another pored over one on ancient Egypt.
Some questions they answered-
How does the flounder protect itself? What creatures have tube-feet? Researchers on fish picked one creature to illustrate; we have great drawings of an octopus, a periwinkle, a hagfish, and a coelacanth!
On a sphinx, the head is the head of a _____. The head represents _______.
In the tarantula book, researchers found out what a scientist that studies spiders is called. What spider has the best eye sight of all spiders?
Researchers of the ocean found four ways that humans damage the oceans.
After the lessons each partner group met with me. They shared some about what they had learned, but I also asked them for their evaluation of how their partner group worked. They shared ways that partners can help each other, they gave specifics of how they were helped and helped someone else, and they commented on their focus and how they felt about the project.
They are looking forward to researching an animal group after break. They don’t know what the animal is yet; they only have one clue – it is a mammal.