Amorette Hernandez Third Grade Teacher
I recently began a study about our Desert habitat focusing on the High Desert. We were studying the Water Cycle and learning about condensation, evaporation, and precipitation. The class was split into groups and their task was to plan for what their habitat would look like (Desert). Then, research on their chromebooks using KidRex or Dinosearch animals, plant life, and landforms in the desert. They were to write one fact next to each plant and animal that described how they survive in the desert as a prey or predator. Then they needed to place illustrations and places where condensation, precipitation, and evaporation was taking place in their habitat drawing. They also added how our desert animals survive with minimal water. We made a gallery walk in the classroom, and took turns with group presentations of their work. We took questions from other groups, and offered to add critiques to each group drawing. We posted these pictures up in our lower grade pod for back to school night. Students were able to explain what they did with their parents that evening. I love when my students teach each other about what they learned! It’s empowering for them and gives me a backseat view to their learning!