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Exploring animals and their environments
First grade students began the year with a Science Unit on Environments. This is the first time first graders have ever been exposed to this unit. They were excited to learn about the needs of different animals (food, water, air) and discovered reasons animals live in different habitats. Predators and prey as well as the food chain were also explored in a variety of habitats. The children learned ways animals protect themselves and how they are able to camouflage themselves from predators. The students were amazed to find out that humans can be predators or prey too!
Our Table Teams created posters of three of our North Carolina regions (Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Mountain) and filled each region with the animals found in each region. This took research on their part on the computer, from Discovery Education Video, Promethean Board flip charts, and reading various non-fiction texts in the classroom. They did a magnificent job blending all the information and presenting it to the entire class with their Table Team group!
We also talked about ways humans can protect their environment and improve it for animals and plants as well. Recycling was a major topic and the class was surprised at all the things that can be recycled and what they can be reused for.
Written by: Donna Neuberth, 1st Grade Teacher
Posted: Nov 07, 2012 by Jennifer Williams