Photo by: The Great Illustrated Encyclopedia
Photo by: Chris Manos (2017)
Parents or Guardians,
We have had a fun month learning how to conduct research using multiple sources. This last month your student has become an expert on one of the many animals we have studied in this unit. For the purpose of the assighment the class was divided into 10 groups, and each group was assigned to research one animal. The animals that the students studied included the prairie dog, red fox, cottontail rabbit, Coyote, beaver, red tailed hawk, tigar salamander, badger, bobcat, and striped skunk. To effectively research this animal we learned how you student them using multiple sources. Each week we learned how to use a new source and collected more evidence to become experts. The final week was dedicated to creating posters to display our new found knowledge.
For the first week of our projects we learned how to conduct our research on our expert animals through observation. Each group was given a portfolio with images of their expert animal and was able to watch a series of videos. While, they looked at the images and watched the video they took notes on what the animal looks like. By the end of the week all the students could accurately describe the physical features of their expert animals.
Here are some of the images they observed to learn what their animal looked like: