African Savannah at QSI Benin
Who doesn’t love animals? For our project-based learning unit this year our class chose to concentrate on a specific habitat and learn as much as we could about the animals and plants that live there. We picked the African Savannah as our habitat. By combining multiple units, we had more time to really explore in depth our animals in their natural habitat. After an initial introduction and investigation of the habitat, each child picked an animal that lives in the African savannah to study and write a report about that animal. As a class we explored the characteristics of the animals and had many wonderful discussions.
We read books, watched videos, and did small activities to learn as much as we could about all the animals. We talked about how and why they live together and how all the animals are alike and different. The students took ownership of their animals and pushed to constantly learn more.
For our culminating project, each child wrote a multi-paragraph report about their animal in addition to building their animal out of reused cardboard boxes. Each student designed and built their own animal, remembering to include the individual characteristics of their specific animal. They were all very pleased with the results and very proud of their reports and animals. All the animals are now home with their creator, except the giraffe which is now our class pet.
These are the units we worked on during class: Science, Plant and animal structure E03, Living things and their young S02, Reading and literacy, Research papers S02, Non-fiction writing and Elements of Non-Fiction texts E04.