Ms. Wagner’s K-2 students recently created dioramas and tri-fold informational displays to demonstrate their knowledge of different animals and their habitats. Their final products were displayed in the undercroft; students’ family members as well as other LGS staff and students toured the displays asking Ms. Wagner’s students questions about their projects.
Ms. Wagner’s students began their studies by learning about different animals and how to group them together by traits they have in common. For example:
- Mammals – Hair or fur, warm-blooded, live births, lungs
- Amphibians – Smooth skin, cold-blooded live in water and land, lay eggs
- Reptiles – Scales, cold-blooded, lay eggs, lungs
- Fish – Scales, cold-blooded, live in water, lay eggs, gills
- Birds – Feathers, warm-blooded, most of them fly, lay eggs, lungs
Students created posters for each class of animals, listing common traits and adding pictures of representative animals from magazines.
Next, each student chose an animal and created a diorama of the animal in its habitat, as well as a tri-fold display providing information such as where the animal lived, what they liked to eat, how long they lived, and distinguishing traits.