I teach 7th-grade science to some of the most amazing students ever! The group for this project is particularly special, as they are apart of my Science Exploratory class. Together we do several hands-on science activities to inspire a love of learning and of science. This year alone, we have explored the skies with our classroom telescopes, created trash cars, built a variety of paper airplanes, constructed model volcanos and so much more. This is our final large project for the year, and we wanted to do something that would inspire future classes.
This project has already inspired greatness in my students! Several students in this class are at-risk and are often less than excited during most classroom learning opportunities. From the introduction of a classroom bearded dragon, I had a captive audience. All students actively researched information about bearded dragons with gusto. Within one full week, students had identified all the materials and conditions needed to raise a healthy and happy bearded dragon. These amazing students excelled at teamwork and will continue to benefit long-term from this project.
In Their Own Words
Our goal is to get a bearded dragon and the necessary supplies for the class to learn more about animals. Books are nice enough, but having the real deal in the classroom makes learning even better. The purpose of adding another critter to our classroom collection is to learn how to best care for our pets. Not only that, but we will also build trust with our teacher as we properly care for them.
We have already taken the lead by researching information about bearded dragons. We have learned about their habitats, what food they need, how to properly care for them, and what climate they need for survival. Some of us were even able to educate classmates by sharing our previous experiences with the group. In addition to all this, we have reached out to our local pet shop to equip us with all the necessary supplies. Shopping local helps us to support our community. We are so excited about this project that we have already chosen a name! Toothless, just like the dragon from "How to Train Your Dragon"!
Our bearded dragon project is hands-on, which is different from so many other classes we have. Having a bearded dragon will help us build valuable skills like responsibility, accountability, and discipline. It will also help create generations of students in developing these valuable skills through the years that Mrs. Fugitt teaches science.
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