This is 'Iolani School

This is 'Iolani School

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

First Grade Creates Creatures

The first grade has been studying habitats and the creatures that live there. As part of this unit, the students got into groups, and following a design process, came up with a creature. Each creature needed to meet certain requirements like having one moving part, having a way to eat, move, and protect itself in it's habitat. 

So following our lesson on ways to attach things, it was time to create the creatures. Students "shopped" at home for recyclable materials that they wanted to use for their creature.

Students with their design plan notes

Time to start making

Students are encouraged to reviewing their plans and their creations during the making time

Some of the "almost" finished creatures

This year's unit was a little different then last years. Last year, the first graders only studied the rainforest habitat and had to make "new" creatures that would live in the rainforest. This year, they looked at a variety of habitats (deserts, oceans, streams, forests, etc.) and had to decide on a creature that would live in the habitat of their choosing. 

When all the creatures are finished, we'll post the pictures. The students are also using the digital portfolio app "Seesaw" to document their journey through this project.

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