Our classroom is a zoo. Literally. I have penguins taking over my whiteboard stage, reptiles on my small group table and some reaaaally cute giraffes peeking over our working mats!
We have spent 3 busy weeks learning all about animals. We started this project learning the difference between living and nonliving. We know that living things need food and water, grow & change, they breath, can move on their own, and can make more just like itself/reproduce.
We compared real goldfish and goldfish snacks to see things they had in common and how to determine which was living.
Last week, we learned all about animal classification. Each day we focused on an animal group (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. We focused on their traits and needs, how they move, whether or not they are oviparous (Whoa...college word!!) and their habitats. We wrapped up this week with a trip to Crowe's Nest Farm and it was so.much.fun!!! Nothing makes a teacher heart sing quite like hearing kids relate lessons in class to the real world. Ex: "Mrs. Manning!!! Look at that amphibian!!!" "Check out the hair on that pig...it must be a mammal!" Wow. Just wow.
To showcase all that we have learned about animals, we have decided to make a zoo for families to visit. This week has consisted of animal sorting, habitat making, sign and map creating....and lots of fun and learning along the way!