After recording knowns and questions, scholars got to work doing some group research.
I wanted scholars to share the information they learned through writing. In order to organize the information in a way that early first graders would find 'friendly', we used the Popplet app and created a Tree Map. As you can see, a Tree Map makes it easy to incorporate categorical information into sentences.
Initially, the kids looked at me with worried eyes, as if to say...THAT is a lot of writing! But they dug in and in just a little while there were pride filled smiles as scholars shared their work.
I was pretty proud of these first graders as they took on this research and writing project on week 2 of first grade!! They are a pretty sharp group and seem to believe they can do anything I tell them they can do. It's going to be a fun year:)