This week we began a new project based learning experience titled “Living Things: What do they need to be Happy and Healthy to Grow?” Through this initiative children will have the opportunity to observe animals in different habitats and will be encouraged to reflect upon the different environments and how they affect the health and the well-being of the animals
The Life Science Standards we will be focusing throughout our project include:
– Shows a growing ability to classify living and nonliving things
– Communicates about the characteristics of living things
– Demonstrates understanding that living things grow, change, and reproduce
– Shows awareness of life in different environments or habitats
– Groups or categorizes living things, e.g., appearance, behavior, plant, or animal
– Demonstrates awareness that living things go through a growth cycle
We began our project by looking at photos of a variety of living and non-living things and asking the children how they could tell if something was alive or not. We came up with a list of how to tell if something is alive:
living things grow and change
living things breathe
living things reproduce
living things need food and water to live
living things move
On Wednesday we took a walking field trip to the Love Pet Shop at the mall. The children were able to observe dogs, cats, hamsters, mice and Chinchillas and for each one we asked ourselves: is it alive? How do we know? While we explored we also engaged students in conversations about how the animals might be feeling, what they saw to make them think this, and how they might improve the animals well being by adding to their environment.
We look forward to sharing more about our project with you over the next several weeks.
Thank you & see you later!
Thank you to everyone, so much, for the cards and gift. It is very much appreciated. It has been an amazing year, watching your children grow and develop so much. I feel privileged to have been part of their lives for a short time. As I say to the children, its not goodbye but ‘see you later’. I look forward to seeing them thrive in Kindergarten next year.
Have a wonderful rest of the year!