Writing Assignment Description
First grade students at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning in Denver, Colorado created this field guide as part of a learning expedition on birds.
After fieldwork and text-based research, students wrote a large amount of thoughtful text describing the birds. Entries are handwritten and the amount of text is uncommon for first graders.
Students developed their own way of categorizing the birds rather than using standard taxonomy. Their innovative taxonomical categories include: climbing feet, killing feet, perching feet, scratching feet, swimming feet and wading feet. The categories are similar to typical general categories used by adults, but also show fresh scientific thinking.
How This Writing Can Be Useful
- Extensive writing by first grade students
- Shows the power of hand-written text by young students; engages the reader in a different way
- Models scientific thinking
- Highlights a format in which the work of each student can be individually assessed
Common Core State Standards
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