one of my students brought in a tomato horn worm, my kiddos have been begging to do "Research" as one of their Daily 5 Choices. I love the idea that they are self-directing their learning and that they are seeking out informational non-fiction text (you know, one of those biggies in the New Common Core Standards).
But... (and this is a big But) I am finding that a lot of my kiddos really love watching videos about their topic of choice. I am really ok with this, but these are some of the same kiddos who really need to work on their comprehension and writing skills.
Luckily I stumbled across this 3-2-1 Reading Strategy Sheet from Teaching With Love and Laughter!
I printed a ton of these off and have placed them next to my computer station for them to complete when they conduct their research. A win win for both teacher and student!
I will probably also use this for reading informational text later on in the year as well.