Just before spring break, kindergarten students in Nina Wilkinson’s class were able to present their habitat research projects to family members, friends and school staff at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School.
“This was one of the first opportunities we had to invite families back into our building since the pandemic started,” said Wilkinson. “We were so excited to host an in-person event again where the students were able to share all of the hard work they put into their projects.”
Students created a trifold presentation board after researching different habitats. Fifth-grade leaders greeted families in the lobby and escorted them to the cafeteria, where kindergartners eagerly waited to present their research projects.
“Students chose two different habitats to research and write about. Once they had all of their information, they described the habitats including fun facts and food chains, and created their own directed drawings of animals that live in that habitat,” said Wilkinson. “I think their favorite part was putting their boards together however they wanted! Students had a blast creating dioramas of their habitats with their families. This really built that home/school connection, and parents were very excited to see what they were working on in school.” Kindergarten paraprofessional Angela Dominick said, “Their pride in their projects was evident as they described their habitats to others. Their poise and confidence was wonderful to see, and I enjoyed seeing their smiles as they ended their presentation.”
Some research choices included rainforests, the savanna, forests, the desert and of course the ocean. Students shared information about the types of animals, weather, plants, and food chains that could be found in each of the locations as well as general interesting facts about each.
“I’m looking forward to more opportunities like this where we can invite families and community members into the school to see firsthand the hard work students have put into their class projects,” said Wilkinson.