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Bird Cards: Penguin

School: ANSER Charter School

City/State: Boise, ID

Grade(s): K

Format(s): Note cards

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Type(s): Informative/Explanatory

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

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can teach my reader about a topic using pictures and words.
  • I can participate in shared writing projects.
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