If your students live in a city they probably have difficulties recognizing and naming different species of plants and animals because they spend a lot of time indoors. If we want our young learners to appreciate and value nature, we should introduce them to it. That’s why we suggest the following project:
You can do this next semester or the entire next year, to get students to learn more about nature. Ask students to create a report for 1 plant or animal that lives in their area each week or present a full list by the end of the semester. The full list should include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fungi and plants (both trees and non-trees)
Tell students that each report or page should consist of the following:
- name of the plant/ animal
- image – personal photos or images from Flickr (Creative Commons-only and the attribution)
- short description written in student’s own words (4-5 characteristics of the selected species)
Each week or at the end of the semester ask students to make presentations in front of the class, so everybody else in the classroom can learn from them.
To make it more fun and interesting, you can have students create their projects as flipbooks. (Click here to see a flipbook example) Sign up at FlipSnack Edu, create a class and add students. They will love how easy it is to add text and images in their projects and they will enjoy making their presentations look so chic and stylish!