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Using <a href="http://bookwizard.scholastic.c... the Small, Small Pond</i></a> is a simple way to introduce the environment and habitat to young children. Students love learning about the various animals.
- In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Flemming
- Books on, or pictures of: tadpoles, geese, dragonflies, turtles, herons, frogs, minnows, water bugs, swallows, crayfish, ducks, raccoons, beavers, muskrats
- colored markers
- large sheet of butcher paper
Students will "recognize that animals (including humans) and plants are living things that grow, reproduce, and need food, air, and water." --Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
Explain that students will be creating a summertime mural depicting animals and plants. Discuss where the different features might best be drawn on the paper. Assign teams of students to specific animals or plants. Give them time to look through books and pictures before using the markers to create the mural.
Have students create a mural of a local habitat. Have students label the various creatures. They could even write information about them on index cards that could then be posted on the drawing.