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John Lawrence Elementary K-1 students excel at 'Animal' research

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Two kindergarten classes and one K-1 combo class at John Lawrence Elementary have been working on research projects for several weeks. Each class chose one of the following “type” of animal: Sharks, Cats, and Turtles.

Students then were assigned a species within that type of animal. For example, Sharks were given Hammerheads, Great White, Nurse, or Whale Shark. The Cat class was given Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Bobcats, and Tigers. Lastly, the Turtle class was given Desert Tortoise, Snapping turtle, Eastern Box turtle, and Loggerhead Sea turtles. 

These students used technology to research their animals along with finding some information at home. They learned about taking notes on animals and then learning an important part about presenting to their peers. Teachers worked with them about “key information” to put on their display boards and to share with their audience.

Key items they used were habitats, diets, predators and prey, body parts and their uses, and any “fabulous facts” they found. Each board contained maps of where they live and a picture of the animals. On the final day, students showed off all their hard work and presenting skills they had learned for another class. Each member who did research on that animal also had a part to share.

It was truly amazing. Not only did the adults think it was amazing, the students LOVED doing it!  A true example of rigorous and relevant learning by little ones!

Here is the script from principal Ginger Crites' phone call to parents regarding the project:
“Good evening, parents, this is Ms. Crites calling to brag on your children. Over the past two days I spent time in each of the kindergarten and K-1 classrooms listening to groups present their research to their peers.  I learned something new in each presentation. I am so proud of our students and their hard work.  Please take time to speak with your child about what they have learned about types of Cats, Turtles and Sharks. This is a true example of our motto...Join, Lead, Excel. I hope you have a great evening."

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