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E is for Extraordinary Life

School: Pocatello Community Charter School

City/State: Pocatello, ID

Grade(s): 1, 2

Format(s): Book, Children's book: Alphabet

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

First and second grade students at Pocatello Community Charter School in Pocatello, Idaho designed an alphabet book as a final product for an expedition on Monarch butterflies.

After studying other ABC book formats, students were leaders of their own learning as they brainstormed topics for each letter, researched their assigned topics, and worked through the writing process to complete the text for their page.

Each student created an original design for the background.  They used several artistic techniques such as watercolor washes, collage and outlining.  The students gave and received feedback through several peer critiques on both the artwork and the writing.

After getting the book published, copies of the book were donated to the city library, school library, the Natural History museum, Quail Ridge Assisted
Living Center, and other community organizations.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Demonstrates how young students can produce appealing artwork by combining different artistic techniques
  • Highlights individual student work within a larger collaborative class project
  • Shows an example of an interdisciplinary writing/art/science project

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can construct a closure on the topic of an informative/explanatory text.
  • With support, I can strengthen my writing through editing.
  • I can participate in shared research projects.
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