New Life Science Unit: Animals!

Today we kicked off our new Life Science unit. We will be studying animals around the world!

My mind never really stops teaching: while I was scuba diving in Mexico I was graced with several sea turtle sightings. 60 feet under water, classroom lessons starting forming in my brain. My own ideas, paired with our Science Curriculum, will focus children’s learning on the following big ideas:

1) Different types of animals inhabit the earth. Students will learn how to observe and describe similarities and differences in the appearance and behavior of different animals; learn about the physical attributes of different animals and what they need to survive; and they will learn about animal protection efforts around the world, and the importance of this work.

2) Students will learn that the scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. Students will develop their own questions and perform investigations. They will closely observe animals and communicate their observations orally and through drawings.

First we will be studying sea turtles! Today we watched a short video about sea turtles. Click here to view! Then we talked about how artists and scientists make and record careful observations. Children then chose one type of sea turtle to observe and create using a combination of drawing and cut and paste. Here are several of their fabulous creations:

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Camden, Hawksbill

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Kaylee, Hawksbill

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Joaquin, Leatherback

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Sachi, Leatherback

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Elia, Loggerhead

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Isabel, Loggerhead

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Kate, Loggerhead

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Samuel, Loggerhead

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