Then we moved over to where we read books. I explained to the students we were going to be reading a nonfiction book. I asked them what do we listen for when we read nonfiction books. The answer is neat facts. I always tell them to remember nonfiction and neat facts both have an n and an f in them.
The book that we read was Mountains by Emily K. Green. After we finished I allowed those students, who wanted to, share the neat fact that they learned. Once everyone was done sharing, I had the students move back to their seats and try and write a sentence about their neat fact that they learned. I told them I wasn't looking for perfect sentences, but I wanted them to try. Some struggled because of their developmental level or they wanted it to be perfect. Others really tried, and got a sentence down. Once they had written their sentence, they brought it to me or my assistant and we wrote it correctly. Then they could go back and draw a picture.
After I did this activity, I made the sheet that you see in the pictures below. When I just gave them a blank piece of paper, many of them drew their picture over the sentence. I found that the box helped keep the picture off the sentence.
I was really impressed with what my students came up with. Once I shared their papers with the Kindergarten teachers, I think they realized that research isn't impossible for their students.
If you do anything similar or have some great ideas, please share in the comments.