Presenting our Fourth Grade Zoo - the final PBL project of the year for my classroom!
Throughout this project, students completed the following activities:
- An entry event involving a simulation of camouflage.
- Guided research of five ecosystems: tundra, rainforest, desert, temperate forest, and grassland.
- Exposure to various readings, videos, and online games and simulations related to animal adaptations, ecosystems, and natural selection.
- A simulation involving different kinds of bird beaks and animal diets.
- Construction of life-sized animals for our tie-in to the math standard of conversion of measurement.
- Creation of original sketches of animals with one adaptation for each of the five ecosystems studied.
- With the assistance of the art teacher, creation of wire armatures coated with tin foil, then covering in plaster and painting with water colors.
- Formal literacy task on their animal and its adaptations, taking students through the entire writing process (final copies pictured above).
- Final sketch of their animal with its adaptations labeled.
- Notecards for their presentations and practice public speaking. We presented to family and community members tonight and will have our zoo open to the other students on Tuesday of next week.
Documents I created that you are free to take!
- Butterfly hunt.
- Ultimate animal outline
- Animal exhibit sketch paper
- Literacy task description (writing prompt with editing checklist)
If you would like any more information or a list of additional resources I have gathered throughout the course of the project, I am more than wiling to share!
These excellent visuals come from aboutdyspraxia.com (website seems to be down at time of writing) and offer a quick reference for teachers and others to identify signs of the above conditions.
I absolutely loved my time in Ireland teaching English as a Foreign Language to Spanish and Italian teenagers. It was a blast. I met so many amazing people from around the world, learned so much about myself and in a way, I feel like I have grown as a person and as a teacher.
Not sure when I have time to update this blog with my experience, especially when I realise I have a huge drafts folder of things you lovely people have posted and I mean to re-blog. My posts JUST have to have tags on them. Easy, but…one of those things I guess!!
Anyways, I managed to secure myself some supply work in a nursery for most of August and September, which will keep me busy and wondering how I managed to balance my very busy diary in the first place.
If you have read one of my previous posts, I am spending my summer helping at a Language School for Spainish & Italian teenagers and I am currently in planning mode!
Any ideas, links (or advice) would be much appreciated :D
Buckets, sieves, tubes, pipes and other items the children use during water play, I just tied some of them to the fence with string - Kids loved it!
I admit, I loved making it too :D
I really, really hope it is still there tomorrow…
I’ll explain… the playground outside the Nursery building is timetables for set playtimes 3 times a day, but apart from that, the Early Years Department can use it. Now, I’m beginning to see a theme when it comes to Outdoor Play in this area of the School: Cars & Bikes. To me, they are used too much. They are always out and if not, they come out. The children beg for them constantly.
I would like something different: Other resources, or maybe an afternoon with no resources, letting using use their imaginations and the natural environment. Cars & Bikes are so limiting and take up so much of the playground that other children’s interests and activities often end up being limited to a small area, so they aren’t in the way.
What do you think?
I’ll be spending my summer volunteering at a Language School in Ireland, teaching English and organising activities for Spanish and Italian teenagers over a 4 week period. :D
Going to do a little bit of travelling after, as well.
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