This children’s book was created by 5th graders at the Alice B. Beal Magnet School in Springfield, Massachusetts as part of a learning expedition on bones and skeletons – a topic required by district curriculum.
Students researched animals and their skeletons via online resources and books about their animals; they then created entries in pairs. The students’ book includes written information accompanied by stock digital images of the animals and their skeletons.
The book includes a bibliography of the books and websites used by students. Also included are the Learning Targets which clearly convey the extent and nature of what students worked on.
The Learning Targets for this project include content targets (e.g. “I can describe the functions of tendons, ligaments and muscles”), research skills targets (e.g. “I can scan an image for use in the final product, properly citing its source”), and writing targets (e.g. “I can write a paragraph with a main idea and supporting details”).
How This Project Can Be Useful:
- Clear, well-composed Learning Targets
- Highlights a product that features student writing that was produced by two students
- Shows carefully written entries, which are detailed and accurate. For example, see the Panda entry, page 8
- Demonstrates an engaging topic for elementary students and a nice entry point into the study of animals – via their bones
- Shows an example of using non-student generated images, allowing students to focus primarily on their writing
Common Core State Standards
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