After a three-month interdisciplinary study of mammals, first graders get the chance to show off their expertise with the opening of their own Mammal Museum.
During the course of their mammal study, each student researches an animal of his or her choice using primary and secondary sources: books, computerized encyclopedias, the Internet, and trips to the Bronx Zoo and American Museum of Natural History. The process of research is taught in a step-by-step method, including note-taking, organization and editing. Final reports are presented in book form, illustrated with original paintings, collages and computerized drawings by the student authors.
Research papers are complemented by art projects—papier-mâché sculptures and dioramas of the animals in their habitats. The incredibly imaginative projects are finally presented museum-style to the entire Lower School community—an exhibit any curator would be proud to display!