|Introduction to Inquiry
|Kindergarten Animal Unit
|Grade 1 Water Pollution Unit
|Grade 2 Weather Unit
Animal Inquiry Unit – Kindergarten
In the Animal Inquiry Unit, Ms. DuBose teaches her kindergarten children the literacy strategies of researchers while meeting many of the Life Science Standards for South Carolina. Her classroom provides abundant evidence that young children can learn from informational texts long before they can read all the words in them; that not only does the children’s content knowledge increase but their reading, writing, listening, and speaking grow as well; and that children at all different levels of developing skills engage and thrive in this type of learning.
The unit proceeds as follows:
|Before the Unit
|From the beginning of the year, the students have been learning what nonfiction is, how to use text features to support their understanding of nonfiction, strategies to think about nonfiction text, and how to use a variety of stations to explore nonfiction materials and record their thinking and new learning.
|Introduction to Inquiry, Preparation – clips of Ms. DuBose discussing this preparation for inquiry and Lesson Artifacts.
|Animal Unit Lesson 3: “Stations to Support Research”
|Coalesce and Go Public (Writing Workshop lessons and rubric)
|Final Books Animal Unit