As with all of our research projects, students create a research journal filled with their learning!
The student writing is differentiated. Students can write sentences using the graphic organizers. They’re not completely copying because they have to write a sentence using the wording from the chart. But we also encourage them to write new or additional information. For example, when we are creating the graphic organizer we explain the purpose of a body part. We might say: “Jellyfish have stinging cells to kill their prey.” On the chart it says “Jellyfish have stinging cells.” So in their writing, they’re encouraged to write the additional information.
The labeling is done whole group with a class chart and then the students do their own labeling.
For each animal we do an art project. This year for each animal we did a directed drawing. I love directed drawings because they’re simple and fast. But more importantly each one is different. As we are working our drawings, we are also talking about what we learn about the animal. When doing the directed drawings, I do the modeling on chart paper. I have found that doing a larger version of the drawing encourages the kids to make their drawings larger.
Ocean Animals Culminating Task
Ocean Animals Compare And Contrast
Ocean Animals Measurement
Ocean Art Projects
Ocean Room Transformation
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