We have been learning a lot about non-fiction texts and their features. We have searched many books to find the following features:
Table of Contents
Diagrams and Labels
Types of Print
Photographs and Captions
Knowing about these features has helped us conduct our research about our animal!
Today we had a videoconference with the Saint Louis Zoo. We learned about the differences between sea lions and seals. We were also able to learn about their special adaptations that allow them to survive in their habitats. We were taught new vocabulary including the word: pinniped. Ask your child if they remember what it means. Enjoy a little video of what we experienced today!
The students took the first step in their research this week. They all chose an animal to study. The students explored online resources that they could access from the classroom blog: PebbleGo and World Book Online. Tomorrow, we will go to the Learning Center and Mrs. Duggan will teach us how to find good primary sources that would help us gather the information that we would need to complete our animal research. Ask your child what animal they will be studying.
The focus this week has been on life cycles of various animals. Today, we started learning about the polar bear and important events that happen within its life cycle. In order to figure out these facts, the students worked with a buddy and highlighted key information as they read about the polar bear.
Today we had a videoconference with Stark Parks Wildlife Conservation Center. It was on birds of prey. We learned about what classifies a bird as a bird of prey. During this videoconference, we saw: a screech owl, a barred owl and a kestrel.