The school year is rapidly drawing to a close, and amidst all the excitement for summer, the bare bulletin boards, and the backpacks stuffed with student work, there is pride brimming out of our third grade classroom walls as our students proudly display and present their animal relationship research projects.
Each year my fabulous teammate and I, along with our students, are inspired by amazing pieces of children's literature. Sometimes this inspiration stems into our units. One fourth grade year we delved into American history with Blood on the River. The book seeped into our reading, writing, math and social studies. This year we ran with The One and Only Ivan. The book got us interested in relationships and impacts on animals, either between different animals, or between animals and humans.
Animal limb amputation & prosthetics
Tarra & Bella
Kate & Pippin
Environmental impacts of overfishing
Animals in the circus
Extinction and endangered animals
and on and on...
Sit back, take a peek. We hope you enjoy this project as much as we all did!