Animal photography and poems from third grade students at St. Bonaventure Catholic School’s Talented and Gifted Program (TAG) will be on display during the month of July at Daggerwing Nature Center. The students were given a mission to go on a “nature walk” - in their own neighborhood or to a nearby park, nature preserve, or beach area. Their assignment was to observe the features and movements of animals in their chosen area and take pictures of a specific animal they found in the environment.
Students presented their photographs to their peers in the classroom and shared descriptions about the animal they saw. Then, they wrote a poem about their animal using the cinquain format. A cinquain is a five-line poem that follows a specific pattern. The students were asked to use the following guideline for their poems:
Line 1: scientific name
Line 2: two vivid adjectives
Line 3: three interesting (-ing) action verbs
Line 4: four-word phrase
Line 5: common name
The students enjoyed the entire process in making this project – from scientific observation to poetry writing. As the students are now on their summer break, they are encouraged to continue to learn from their environment, and thereby experience “hands-on learning.” After all, many lessons take place beyond the four walls of their classroom!