In Science class this month, we’ve started to learn all about the animal kingdom, as well as the habitats in which they live. As part of an introduction to the animal kingdom and its different groups, the children were asked to explore what certain groups of animals had in common. From this observation, we were able to describe and differentiate the different animal groups.
A special treat for the children was also when both second grade classes were able to visit the Upper School laboratory of Ms. Madhu, in which she shared samples of preserved insects and animals that she had. The children really enjoyed being inside an actual lab; they also found the preserved animals pretty cool to see.
The children were also asked to differentiate the characteristics of the various groups of animals, learning to compare and contrast. They worked in pairs to help hone their interpersonal skills; it also helps them to have someone to discuss their ideas with.
As part of our study of the animal kingdom, the children also worked on identifying different examples of the various animal groups. Their notebook work consisted in activities that had them cutting, drawing, coloring and writing — honing their fine motor skills and appealing to their creativity.