Your task: Plan a cross-curricular mini-project. Your mini-project should incorporate some of the techniques you have seen on the course so far. Complete the table below.
Topic and project title
What do zookeepers should know about animals?
Your subject area: How will the project fit with your subject?
One of the topics my students are more passionate about is animals. We just learnt about different jobs and two of the ones we studied were vet and zookeeper. I just thought that learning about animals from the point of view of a zookeeper might me interesting for them because they will learn about the different eating habits and main characteristics of different animals we can find in a zoo.
Who are you doing the project with?
Literacy and Arts & Crafts
- Learning about the different characteristics of mammals
· Learning about the different body parts
· Learning how they are born
· Learning about different eating habits
· Learning where mammals live
- Learning to care about animals
- Learning how to collaborate to complete a group task
Anticipated problems (and solutions)
- We might not have real examples of the different types of mammals and students might stick with the example we bring to class.
Solution: watch a video about different types of mammals to make clear there are other types such as bats, whales or dolphins.
Teach your mini-project. Reflect on how it went. Be prepared to give feedback.
Group and date taught
Year 2 Science: 23rd February
What did you do?
- Lesson 1: Literacy- Introducing animals
-Old MacDonald had a farm/ zoo.
-PPT presentation to remember the spelling of some animals: Guess the word
-Miniboards: spelling activity in pairs. Look-write-compare-decide-check
- Lesson 2: Arts and crafts
- Guess the animals we are going to create: wall crawl.
- Making a 3D rabbit and whale
- Lesson 3: Science
- I spy, I see, I wonder: Mammals
Show a picture of a close up part of a mammal: rabbit, lion, bat, whale and see if they can guess the animal.
- Mind map with all the different characteristics of a rabbit using the real rabbit that a student brought to class.
What went well
Students were highly motivated with all the activities
Students were actively involved in the activities
Reflection for future practice
What needed improvement/changes and why
In literacy I need to provide some extra markers next time. Some students did not have one.
We need some more practice with pair work because some students did not decide on the correct spelling.
We spent a lot of time writing. We don’t have enough time to write all the characteristics if I talk about different mammals. I need to focus on the rabbit first and then talk about other mammals in a different session.
What would you change considering level, age or other factors
In Science I would focus on the characteristics of a rabbit one day and next day compare with another mammal whose characteristics are not the same e.g. whales or bats.
Old MacDonald had a ZOO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AbSNGCvz5I