Thursday, April 11, 2013

Animals in Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus - A class project for science teachers

One wonderful third-grade class in Oklahoma made these digital collages of animals they've read about in Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus. The are on Chapter Three, so I can't wait to find out what they do with the tardigrades and anaspidea in later chapters! Great job guys!
For teachers: This is a great project to help kids work on animal identification. Not only do they have to investigate different pictures to find the most appropriate, but it opens up discussion on which pictures are correct and why. For example, not all of the coral snakes below are actually coral snakes. What a great opportunity to discuss how to identify America's most venomous snake. What characteristics do naturalists look at when they are identifying an animal? Shape, size, color, known range, behaviors, etc. One of the themes of Olivia Brophie is "seeing" as discovery. Recognizing the unique characteristics of a coral snake helps children start recognizing the variety in all snakes; just like once we learn a new word, we often start seeing that word all around us.

Read about Mrs. Schantz's class and some of their projects on their classroom blog:


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