I got a chance to go into my first grader’s school for a presentation recently called the Habitat Happening, which was a project done by all the first graders at the school. There wasn’t much information on the flier as to what the presentation was actually about, and of course my six year old just shrugged his shoulders when I asked him. The flier just said to be there at 2 pm on a certain date, so that’s where I was.
Once all the parents and three out of the six first grade classes piled into the cafeteria, the teachers explained why we were there. That is after they talked about the common core standards for the project first. Side note: I hate common core!
Each class broke up into teams of four and they had to do a research project including a presentation board & a report. It sounded really hardcore to me before I actually saw what they did.
Each child in the group was assigned a topic based on a certain habitat to research: weather, habitat, plants and animals. Then each child had to complete a report and they all worked on the board as a group.
Here is my guy explaining what was on the board to me & his father.
My guy had to research the animals of the desert and here is the first page of his three page report:
Basically he just had to read a few books and write about what kinds of animals live in the desert. I thought it was a great introduction to doing a research project and an awesome lesson on team work.
I was really proud of my guy – and all of the kids for that matter. They all did such a great job!