A beautiful day to hike to the orchard. We brought our sketchbooks to make scientific illustrations of apple blossoms.
It has been a while since my first post about our nonfiction study groups, and lot of great work has happened in 5th grade.
Above is an excerpt from the beginning part of Colby's essay! He was in the group of students that selected the book Caves on the book ballot. Their group question was: How do caves form and who or what lives in them? They discussed the book, made double column notes, and wrote a collective essay. The next step was to each pick their own (related) question to research. The group got a list of follow up resources on caves. Colby decided to research coal mines. He wanted to know: What is it like to work in a coal mine?
A resource he used was the book Kids at Work by Russell Freedman.