Read a book about a rock or mineral to interest students in the new rocks, minerals, and gemstones template. I made a trip to my school library to check-out the cool rocks and minerals books for The Leveled Research Library in my classroom.
The Researcher Monster Club only met on Thursday this week, because Monday was New Year's Day. I began our meeting by reading a book about Diamonds. Then, the research monsters got to work. Three of them researched at the blue level about various animals and one researched Russian blue cats with the cat breed template. (It always amazes me what kids are interested in researching.) Several students organized their boxes into groups or main ideas. Overall, I saw improvement in grouping boxes or details into groups or paragraphs. They also explained why they grouped their gathered information that particular way. I received three completed reports today.
Read aloud yellow level books from the Leveled Research Library and review how to use the text features of a nonfiction book for my incoming 3rd graders to the club. Students are to continue to finish their holiday researching so I can return the books back to the library. Prepare for a meeting of showing the new monsters how to research.
On Monday, I read a yellow level book about Wombats to start off our meeting. I had one new third grader show up out of 4 permission slips that were returned. I was expecting more, but the permission slips only went home with the students on Friday. It was a small and very quiet group. A couple of students decided to work together researching owls with a book and on the computer. My iPad with the electronic books would not connect to the wireless in the building today. So frustrating! A couple of students finished their Hanukkah reports and a Christmas report was written too. Overall it was a very calm and pleasant meeting. Let's see what Thursday brings. I hope more third graders.