My 6th graders have been busy learners these last few weeks. Upon completing a passage called Dinosaur Ghosts: The Mystery of Coelophysis, I challenged my students to some research.
I don’t know what it is about dinosaurs, but my students LOVE learning about them. I think it is that they lived so long ago, were so massive, for the most part, and no longer exist. As soon as I shared with them what we would be doing, they truly couldn’t wait to get started.
Upon completing the passage from Reading Street and identifying main idea for each section of the text, the students were then allowed to choose a packet of information about a dinosaur. The list included: Omnithosaurus, Ultrasaurus, Xiasaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Kronosaurus, etc. I selected and printed out information on 24 dnosaurs that I knew my students had NEVER heard of. I wanted them to complete authentic research, rather than read and write about something they already knew a great deal about.
Upon getting their packet, they were given a Venn Diagram and asked to find/identify/organize the following information about their dinosaur and Coelophysis…