The children have begun researching and collecting information about their chosen animal or habitat. During this independent stage of inquiry, they will find out about a particular animal, the habitat it lives within, food webs that it is connected to and finally, any consequences of imbalance within that habitat.
The children have been particularly interested in the ways that temperature change can affect habitats and animals. They have been fascinated to learn more about coral reefs and have made connections to endangered animals such as polar bears and gila monsters. We hope to extend this to coming up with action we can take to help reduce these problems.
We were lucky to be invited to attend a talk by a representative from ACRES which a Grade 3 class had organised. ACRES is a Singapore charity which aims to Rescue Animals, Rehabilitate Animals, Educate the public (on responsible action relating to animals) and Target Wild-life Crime.
Should you see any animals in distress or have any information about illegal animal products or trade, you can contact them on 9783 7782. They advise trying to wait for them to arrive and assist before attempting to intervene or rescue any animals.
We are also beginning to think of creative ways to share what we learn. So far, we have groups planning to use the Green Screen to create plays, groups making board-games, origami food webs, slide-shows and stop-motion animation.
Finally we have been working together to create a 3-D artwork that represents four distinct habitats; Ocean, Desert, Rainforest and the Arctic as well as creating a Poetry Anthology of our class poems, similes and metaphors related to Animals and their habitats.
Grade 2.1 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.