We have been working on our very own published bird book! The size of book that we can afford is twenty pages. It is quite a lot of work, but very educational as the students worked together to find details of each bird, write about the bird they chose and draw the bird remembering the important field marks.
First we chose which twenty backyard birds we wanted to have in our book. Then we researched each bird at the smart board and came up with a few facts about each one. I typed up the facts for each child to copy onto their page. They drew the bird, but the first draft of the drawn birds seemed a little rushed, so the second time some of them met with me first to discuss which field marks are important to show. Then some of them had step-by-step drawing lesson. I don't draw on their paper at all, but I show them how to draw it. They loved it and they kept begging me to show them how to draw more birds! Here are a few of the finished pages. They will be available for sale online in a few weeks! Their bird book will cost less than $10. I will let you know when they are ready for purchase. It will be a nice keepsake from their year in kindergarten.