When I was in first grade, we happily learned our alphabet via The Letter People, and accomplished other amazing tasks like jumping rope across the playground at recess. (uphill both ways!)
Fast forward *ahemwaytoomanyyearsahem* and first graders are writing 2 page stories and reports about animals with accompanying habitats. Of course, we found out about this habitat half way to it’s due date, thanks to unchecked Friday Folders over spring break, but that’s another point entirely.
I think she did pretty well (insert parental bias here). Not only did she research the mallard duck habitat, she also decided to insert depictions of facts she learned about the ducks into the project.
There are no male ducks anywhere to be found in this habitat “because it is spring (note the flowering spring tree) and the drakes fly away after the moms lay the eggs”
All the ducks are painted as accurately as a first grader can, and the duck dabbling for food can just be seen behind the mama duck’s head in this photo.
And the nesting duck can be removed to show the 1-13 eggs that are laid in the grass-lined nest.
Aside from the scooping of the Styrofoam, the molding of the birds and a quick tree painting tutorial, she did it all herself. Crafty and detail oriented. That’s my girl!
Until next time…