Designing The Set, Creating The Actors and Making The Movie


Last week, we used clay to create a model of our animal that we studied. We used our research to help us with making sure we incorporated important details of our animals’ features. This clay animal was made to be the “star performer” for our claymation video.

Today, we brought our clay animals over to Fleming School and began making our claymation movies using iMotion on the iPads. Mrs. Foley taught us all how to take many pictures of our animals while moving them slightly. We took over 100 pictures of our animals! It was a lot of work but everyone worked hard, were helpful partners and very creative. The next step will be to add voice to these videos!

Videoconference With The Lee Richardson Zoo


Yesterday, we had a videoconference with an expert from the Lee Richardson Zoo in Kansas. He taught us about different adaptions that owls, snakes and armadillos have in order to survive. We learned many new interesting facts about these animals as well as had time to ask any other questions we had about different types of animals. Ask your child about one new fact they learned!

Animal Adaptations Videoconference from Meghan Turcot on Vimeo.

Features of Non-Fiction Texts


We have been learning a lot about non-fiction texts and their features. We have searched many books to find the following features:

  • Index

  • Table of Contents

  • Diagrams and Labels

  • Types of Print

  • Photographs and Captions

  • Close-Ups

  • Maps

  • Cutaways

  • Comparisons

  • Glossary

Knowing about these features has helped us conduct our research about our endangered/threatened animal!