This field guide was created by kindergarten students at the East End Community School in Portland, Maine as part of a learning expedition on ocean animals.
Students studied different ocean animals by observing live organisms and through text-based research. They were able to visit the bay, which is just a few blocks from their school.
Each student drew and wrote about an animal. Students put a lot of care into their drawing and writing, going through several rounds of drafting and critiquing which is evidenced through the high quality of illustrations and writing. Students also show a command of scientific vocabulary such as plankton, tide pool and algae.
How This Project Can Be Useful
- Highlights very high quality, accurate illustrations by kindergarten students whose fine motor skills are just beginning to develop. See the Shrimp and Sand Dollar illustrations on pages 3 and 10.
- Shows well-defined, multi-sentence writing by young students. See the Starfish entry, page 5 and the Lobster entry, page 8.
- An example of young children creating a basic but useful field guide to a local ecosystem.
- Presenting two illustrations for each animal involves more students in displaying individual work while working while working with a small group of animal species.
Common Core State Standards
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