Last week our story was the riveting selection, "A Walk in the Desert." It is not the most exciting thing to read, but the desert is a topic of interest to seven year olds and I wanted to capitalize on that. I decided to use this selection as a tool for "researching" the desert. The first read of the selection story I always have the kiddos listen to the audio version. The next day I buddied up the kiddos and had them read the selection and fill out this graphic organizer together. They did a great job.
The next couple of days the kiddos worked at writing their research book about the desert. They really got into it. I let them work around the room (flexible seating anyone?) and use the class posters, their graphic organizer and the reading book for reference. I think they turned out GREAT!