Help me give my students an opportunity to design and build a shelter to protect their animal from the sun!
My awesome second graders come from a very low socioeconomic background with the majority falling below the poverty line. They are mainly English language learners (72%) and many of them live in homes which house multiple families under the same roof. The median income is well below poverty level, with some being homeless. Some of these seven- and eight-year olds have the sole responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings while their parents are working, with many parents working more than one job. Others are latchkey children.
Our school is Title I and 80% of the children receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.
In addition to the many challenges that these hard-working students face, they also are coping with the fact that our school is situated in a high crime area with frequent gang activity. My children have extremely limited access to technology in their homes, yet with all these obstacles, my students come to school with much enthusiasm and an eager desire to learn.
In class, my 2nd grade students are currently reading and learning about animal habitats from around the world. Two of these habitats are the desert and savanna. These habitats are very hot and dry all year long. These are hard places for animals to survive. Animals must find shelters during the day to escape from the hot sweltering sun. For this STEAM project, my students will work in collaborative groups to design and create shelters for those animals that are found living in these two regions (using recyclable items). They will use the UV beads, pipe cleaners and googly eyes to make their animals. Then they will test out the shelters by taking them outside and seeing if their animals remain white or change colors. The changing of colors will let them know if they are successful or if they need to make further adjustments. They will ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of their projects from the common core standards.
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