To show kids that the library is not just a place to find fun books to read, but a great place to find information, Sean's school got the kids to research an animal of his/her choice. So each student checks out a book about an animal and uses the book as one resource to complete a poster. Other resources may include the internet, books from home, magazines etc.
In the note to parents, it says, "Please support your children with the research, but allow them to create their own poster. The students will present their animal to the class with an oral presentation. Encourage your child to rehearse the presentation so he/she feels confident presenting the information."
Checklist for the kids.
Sean's animal of choice was, unsurprisingly, a Tortoise...but he couldn't find a book specifically on Tortoise, instead he brought home one on Turtles. I was keen to help him and printed some information from the internet, but this fella would have none of it. He had to do things his way. Wouldn't take any suggestions from me, AT ALL.
I remember when Brian had Show and Tell, around Nursery or K1. Sometimes when the inspiration strikes, I'd do very elaborate projects with him (this is before I had internet at home); he was always appreciative. It was always obvious that the work he handed in was mostly done by me...but the teachers and principal would ooh and aah at the marvelous information to be shared -- hehe, I even got a Best Parent Award one year.
But do I get to do anything this time? NYET! Sean only used his library book, didn't want any help whatsoever from me. It was so torturous for me to see him work on his poster, ohhh, what could have been :) He's so Tortoise-obsessed that instead of writing Turtle, he first wrote Tortoise on his poster. When I told him his book was on Turtles, he went Ooops, but refused to make any changes and continued using the word Tortoise instead of Turtle.
It was only last night that he agreed to let me paste over the words Tortoise and he then replaced them with Turtles, cos lots of the information he gave pertained to Turtles, not Tortoises! I told him he would be giving WRONG information to his classmates and will be demoted to a lower grade. He conceded reluctantly, going, "ohhhkayyy..."
And unlike Brian who would compliantly rehearse his presentation, Sean says he doesn't want to memorise anything (he says he doesn't have a good memory) cos he can just read off the poster. Grrrrrrr!!
Presenting Sean's Turtle poster...aaarrrggghhhh, help someone shield my eyes!!! And yes, in case you're wondering, the panel showing some red colour is a tortoise which has been chopped up; Sean got carried away and incorporated the storyline in the Tortoise Talk pretend play he does with Brian, which has taken on a life of its own, but that's another story altogether.