Writing Assignment Description
Kindergarten students at the Anser Public Charter School in Boise, Idaho created a set of note cards as part of a yearlong learning expedition on birds. Students worked with a research buddy – an older student from his or her school, supporting research and writing skills. The front of each card has a scientific drawing of a bird, and the back has a student-written description of the bird that includes information such as visual identification, habitat, range, diet, and mating characteristics.
Rubrics for quality illustration and writing were co-created with students and were used to guide group and informal peer critique.
How This Writing Can Be Useful
- Excellent example of high quality work by kindergarten students
- Demonstrates the power of using rubrics and critique with younger children
- Highlights potential of younger students working with older elementary school buddies
Common Core State Standards
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