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Bellevue Was a Zoo

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For a few hours on a Friday afternoon before spring break, Bellevue was a zoo and it was not your average zoo.  It was a baby animal zoo; all of the animals were actually 1st-grade students in disguise, demonstrating their new-found knowledge of baby animals. Our budding zoologists shared what they learned about baby animals, ranging from their physical features to how their parents care for them. The project was the culmination of science and reading centered around the theme of animals.  What did our zoologists learn through the project? 1st-grade teacher Chandy Garrison wrote,

“These are the learning standards that we used to guide the project:

With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1

Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

  • Identify how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs
  • Compare/Contrast given animals to their parent animals.
  • Identify external parts of an animal and each part’s purpose.
  • Explain how each external part of an animal or plant serves its purpose.
  • List universal needs of all animals (food, water, etc.).
  • List ways that animals demonstrate that they are needing something from their parent (crying, cheeping, etc.).
  • Read texts about animals and how they care for their offspring.
  • View multimedia resources about animals and how they care for their offspring.

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.”

How is that for demonstrating knowledge and still getting to share your curly pigtail or sit in a cat’s cradle?  Great job Bellevue Bears! We look forward to visiting your zoo again next year.

Bellevue Zoo Photos