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Kindergarten Animal Research Lesson Plan

Student Goal:
Research a chosen animal to answer given questions. Students will use
nonfiction print materials and online resources to answer questions
about their animal. Students will create a digital representation of their
animal on Kidpix and share their project with the class.
Common Core Objectives:
K.R.L.1 With prompting and support ask & asking questions about key
details in a text
K.R.L.5 Recognize common types of text
K.R.L.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and
K.W.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose
informational/ explanatory texts
K.W.6 With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of
digital tools to practice and publish writing, including in collaboration
with peers.
K.W.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects
K.SL.1b Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners
about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and
larger groups. Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
K.SL.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information
presented orally or through other media by asking and answering
questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is
not understood.
K.SL.5 Add drawings or other visuals displays to descriptions as desired
to provide additional detail.
K.SL.6 Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly
NC Information and Technology Essential Standards:
K.SI.1.1 Identify sources of information (e.g., print, non-print,
electronic, people).

K.SI.1.2 Identify the relevant sources of information for a given task.

K.TT.1.1 Use a variety of technology tools to gather data and
information (e.g., Web-based resources, e-books, online
communication tools, etc.).
K.RP.1.1 Identify questions that are relevant for a given topic or
Texts Used:
Honey Bee
Technology Used:
Smartboard, projector, computers, Document Camera, Ipads, pebblego
(read aloud feature) website, Discovery Ed videos, Kidpix
Materials: pencil, crayons, informational texts, clip boards, Ipads,
The first week the students will work in small groups with the
classroom teacher and Media Specialist to gather information through
books, magazines, online resources, and videos. Students engage in
cooperative learning by sharing, presenting, and comparing resources.
They will also discuss similarities and differences. The second week
they will focus on writing and sharing their project with the class.
Week One
1. Discuss project with students
What does the word research mean? Does anyone remember the
animals we have researched before? (Remind students about research
we did earlier in the year. Example: bats, owls, etc..) What did we have
to do to learn about those animals?
When we learned about the different animals before we worked
together as a class in a big group. Today when we start our research

projects it is going to be a little different. You are going to be broken up

into small groups. You are going to get a chance to choose which
animal you want to research. Each person in your group will need to
work together and share the information found about your animal.
2. Make a list of animals students can study on the Smartboard or
chart paper
3. Students will choose their animal with no more than 5 in a group.
Use the document camera to display how to fill out their graphic
organizer and record the information using different resources
(informational texts & online resources).
4. Show students how to fill out a journal or graphic organizer to
record information using different resources (informational texts
& online resources)
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about their
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1 Draw a picture of their animal & their lifecycle

2 Habitat (Where does the animal lives?)
3 What does the animal eat?
4 Write & illustrate 3 interesting facts about their
5 Finish the sentence stems research report
6 Students write All About their animal

5. Students will look through nonfiction books, magazines and

search the web with the support of their classroom teacher,
media specialist, and technology teacher.
Some of the websites used:
6. Students will be given their own information journal (graphic
organizer) to record their information about their animal
- Students begin their research
- Students will record their information from the web, magazines, &
informational texts in their journals/graphic organizer by writing words
and adding pictures to their notes about what their animal looks like,

what the life cycle looks like, what it eats, where it lives, and some
interesting facts about their animal.
Week Two
1. Students will continue to research.
2. Students will illustrate their facts and write facts to match their
- Use Kidpix to illustrate their animal on the computer (with the
technology teacher)
- The students will create a visual project pertaining to their animal.
(This may be a poster, diorama, brochure, mobile, clay model, or
anything creative they come up with.)
Students will share their visual projects with the class along with their
research paper by answering questions from their peers.
Other instructional Strategies:
Turn & Talk
- Teacher scribes for students who have fine motor issues.
- Read aloud