One of the best and most engaging ways for students to learn is through immersion in one topic, sometimes called a thematic unit, that integrates all types of learning. Rather than having "reading" and "science" and "math" time be separate silos, thematic units help kids use their literacy and math skills through immersion in a topic that interests them. While it's tricky to find time for these types of units, I do my best to thread them throughout our days in kindergarten. For the past couple of weeks, we've been studying owls, particularly in one of our WIN groups (WIN stands for "What I Need" and is a time of day when students go to different classrooms to do literacy activities in small groups) but also throughout the rest of our day. Here are some pictures of what we've been learning!
First, we read books and watched videos about owls, plus studied a real great horned owl mount! We took notes and put them in a notes folder.
We also dissected owl pellets to figure out what they had eaten.
Then we began putting everything we'd learned into a book. I love how these books turned out. We'll present them to another WIN group next week!
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