The Rainforest Comes to USM

First grade students at University School of Milwaukee celebrated the culmination of their unit on the rainforest. The students spent several weeks learning about the rainforest, and they each chose an animal to study in depth. They researched their animal’s diet, habitat, predators, adaptations, and its behavior, and wrote pages that were compiled into a rainforest animal book. They then created a 3-D model of their animal using recycled materials including egg cartons, yarn, fabric scraps, etc.

On Thursday, June 2, parents and guests were invited to campus to see the projects and listen to the students talk about the animals they chose. The project requires students to practice a variety of skills, including reading nonfiction texts, researching, planning, and executing a creative project, and public speaking, as well as exposing them to the diverse habitats and animal life within the rainforest.  
 

A 1st grade student presents her rainforest animal to a visitor
First grade students sit with their rainforest animals, ready to present to visitors
A 1st grade student poses for a photo with her rainforest animal
A 1st grade student presents her rainforest animal to a visitor
A 1st grade student presents her rainforest animal to visitors