Fourth Grade

What an adventurous month it has been in our classroom! Inspired by the heartwarming tale of Ivan and his friends in The One and Only Ivan, we set out on an adventure to learn about the world of zoos and wildlife conservation. Working collaboratively, students dove deep into the question: "What makes an ethical zoo?" Through spirited discussions and research, teams uncovered fascinating facts about animal habitats, their cohabitants, and the importance of ethical treatment. With the help of Canva, fourth graders crafted captivating zoo layouts that prioritize animal welfare. From towering giraffe enclosures to lush habitats for tropical birds, every detail was meticulously planned with the wildlife at the forefront. 

But our adventure didn't stop there! Students also took on the challenge of brainstorming ways to turn our zoo into a non-profit organization. Together, we explored the power of giving back to wildlife conservation efforts, sparking thoughtful discussions about the impact of our choices. As we wrapped up our project, we reflected on our last persuasive essay: Are you pro or con zoos? Through reading, writing, and lively debates, students gained a deeper understanding of complex wildlife-related issues. Our next book, My Life with Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall, is the perfect segway to learning more about these fascinating creatures and the positive impact that we can make! With hearts full of empathy and minds brimming with knowledge, we can't wait to see where our next adventure takes us!