Children were supported to use information books and the internet (on iPads and the interactive board) to discover and share facts about animals they like. Small world resources were used for children to explore and play imaginatively with. Children then used our digital cameras to photograph small world animals they were interested in. Children worked alone and in small groups to document their findings in a range of ways: drawings, writing, photography, photocopying and sticking, talking and showing what they knew. They then were supported to ask questions about animals they didn't know the answers to. Ilyaas asked "Why are polar bears white?" Then they were supported to research answers to their questions and add them to the page.
Regularly children shared the book as it took shape at story time. Finally children were supported to number and order the pages, add the contents page, index pages, sign the researcher and photographer pages and bind the books together.
A large group of children engaged in this project over the three week period and the book is almost ready to go into the class library so it can be used by our families and friends everyday!