Multidisciplinary Exploration of Rock Creek Park
January 28, 2022 by
First grade proudly shared the extraordinary final projects from their in-depth and multifaceted learning of Rock Creek Park this week. Parents and guests at Chagigat HaLomdim (Celebration of Learners) also got a window into the learning process and the children’s journey over the course of their semester-long exploration. The hands-on project ignited the children’s curiosity and immersed them in the fields of ecology, biology, literature, mathematics, fine art, Hebrew and more.
Research & Scientific Thinking: The children engaged in scientific thinking as they studied the flora and fauna of Rock Creek Park. Field trips offered invaluable opportunities for primary research and engagement. The first graders documented their observations of the natural world through writing and sketches, and developed skills related to interviewing (asking questions, listening, summarizing information, communication) through their conversation with a park ranger. Students then had the opportunity to choose their own animal to research, write about, draw and sculpt. They used books and internet resources to conduct research about their animal’s appearance, habitat, diet, family, and other interesting facts.