This year, my kids are using my Year Long Country Study Project to cover all of their Science and Social Studies standards. Each child chose a country and they will study that country all year. Each month, we focus on a different topic. We spend the first three weeks doing research, watching videos and reading books. Then during the last week, the kids create a project and a write up which they add to their LiveBinder compilation project.
Last month, we worked on Geography and the kids created maps. (See the maps they created in the blog post: Salt Maps Solidfy Understanding.) This month, we worked on Habitats and these kids created food webs:
5th Grade – China Mountain Habitat
2nd Grade – Russia River/Forest Habitat
Creating these food web projects gave us a chance to reinforce vocabulary like predator, prey, carnivore and herbivore. The kids also had a chance to talk about where on the food web different types of animals fell. My 2nd grader told me “I’m glad I’m not a small herbivore. Look, everything eats the Pika!” My 5th grader realized that humans are the only predators for some large carnivores.