Grade 1 students have been finishing up an inquiry project that began with us reading one of Kate Messner's newest books, Over and Under the Pond. This book was inspired by the author's trip to a pond in upstate New York. The illustrator switched the viewpoint from a bird's eye view looking down on the pond to a view from the bottom of the pond looking up at the characters paddling around the pond on a row boat. There are glimpses of squirrels, herons, crayfish, mink, moose and many other animals that live in the vicinity of a pond. After reading the book we brainstormed animals that might live near a pond in the Connecticut woods. We created a list as a class. Then each student chose an animal to research.
They read a book and gathered information from PebbleGo, taking notes using an organizer. Then students used their notes to write about their animals. They described their animals special features and gave details about where its life cycle, where it lives, and what it eats. Students recorded their information using the Chatterpix app.
Click on the links below to see and hear some of the first graders' work: