Giving students choice on research is like opening a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. My students have chosen their topics, and I am so impressed this year with their overall choices. The topics go way beyond the typical ones I have seen in past years. For animals their thinking goes above and beyond habitat, food, shelter etc. Beyond their favorite sports team: the roster, favorite player, winning/losing record etc. Once again if I allow the box to be opened they pull out more than I ever expected. I can't believe the connections they made with their learning from our content areas this year as well as Wonderopolis topics and watching their amazing videos. Here are a few of the topics, and some of the reasons why they chose their topics.
|Based on Wonderopolis video and wanting to learn more |
about why they are endangered as well as how can they help.
|One of the students wanted to extend their learning about |
hurricanes from fourth grade research. They want to interview a
friend who is in meteorology. Also he connected with the
recent disaster in Japan.
|One student chose Greek Mythology because she wants to learn more about the topic|
since she is reading the Percy Jackson series. Then wants to use her new
facts to write her own book similar to Percy.
|This topic surprised me when I read the reason why: My dad is a rocket scientist,|
and I want to learn more about his career. Can you imagine the dinner
conversations at this house?