Another Science Project in First Grade
The following was a tentative list. What he wanted to do was to find pictures of these animals and place them on a world map.
So he needed a world map and fortunately, there was one in the house that was quite durable as it was laminated:
After finishing the list, he then surfed the internet to look for pictures, and, at the same time, to check if he did assign the animals to their correct continent.
Initially, he was planning to copy pictures from the web, print these out, cut out the pictures, and then tape these on the world map.
This was indeed quite a task. First, making the list provided him with reading and spelling exercises. Cutting the pictures out put his fine motor skills into test.
This was indeed a daunting task since he did pick several scores of animals. My son also had to worry regarding how these pictures could be attached to a laminated map. Ordinary glue probably would not work. Fortunately, his mom came to the rescue and reminded him that he had an old sticker book of animals. These stickers were colored and can be easily placed on the map.
My son was indeed happy. He was hoping that the sticker book did have the animals he needed.
Here was Europe:
His map was finished.
Antarctica had the penguins.
To complement the map, my son made a set of notes which listed the animals shown on the map for each continent:
The list made sure that he did know how to write the name of each animal that he placed on the map. He enjoyed working on this project. After the project, he was then free to play.
Of course, on a warmer day, my son and I would go out to see the real thing.
Animal Passport: Africa
Animal Passport: Australia
Animal Passport: Asia