1) Some animals hibernate.
2) Some animals adapt.
3) Some animals migrate.
They wanted to create a cave that they could fit in. That was the idea that started their vision. We decided to use our science table as the cave. That lead them to the idea of creating a winter forest habitat on the top of the table (cave) for the animals that adapt. We wondered how to create the habitats for the animals that migrated. They decided on an ocean for the whales and to use the tree by the science table to hang clouds, geese and Monarchs.
The next step was for each group to study pictures of the part of the habitat that they were going to create.
|Studying pictures before coming up with a plan.|
|A few of their plans|
The next step was painting! The kids love this part of the process! They studied the colors on the photos and tried to paint the sky, cave and ocean as realistically as they could. They also noticed that the cave walls were bumpy so they crumpled up the paper before painting it to make it more rough.
|The winter sky|
|Painting the cave, ocean and evergreens|
Next came the assembly. They did this fairly quickly because they already had a vision and plan for how this was going to look! I am so proud of them! They really paid attention to detail as you will see in the photos!
|I never mentioned fixing up the trees but they were intent on fluffing them up! (Found these trees for $2.00 a piece after Christmas!)|
|They wanted bark to show that the deer ate bark when food was scarce.|
|They decided to add a pond for the frogs and turtles.|
|This one was hiding nuts because thats what the squirrels do! Can you see them in there?|
|The winter forest habitat|
|Our cave made for hibernating.|
Next week, the kids will create the animals, label parts of the projects and write the facts they wanted to include. After it is finished, each group will practice how they are going to present their part of the project to the rest of the class. If time allows, maybe we will invite some other classes to see our presentation also!
The management of a project this big was a challenge. We came up with the idea of having the kids rotate in groups in the afternoon for the days of painting and assembly. One group worked on the project, one group worked on math stations and one group worked on literacy stations. I helped with the project work while Mrs. Hoang pulled kids out for guided reading groups and intervention. The rest of the project work should be able to be done whole group or during our exploration time.