The class was learning about the basic needs of animals by investigating the question “How might we keep our fish happy and healthy in our new aquarium?” This investigation included class discussions, reading texts, watching videos, and listening to a guest speaker/parent. This student then made a model of an aquarium with all the essential parts required to keep the fish happy and healthy. He also helped other students create their models.
Student Work Sample
"I made a fish tank aquarium for my fish to be happy and healthy in. This is the thermometer, and the fishie home. The food is on top falling down to feed them. This black twisty bits the filter. It needs to stay clean!"
After completing his model, the student reflected that it is important to have a kind heart when creating a caring environment for living things. His reflection demonstrated to me how important it is to talk to children about what they are creating because without their voice, and the documentation of their voice, I would never discover or fully understand just how thoughtful, caring, and competent children truly are.
I can use evidence to make simple judgments.
I can ask questions, make predictions, and use my senses to gather information. I can explore with a purpose in mind and use what I learn. I can tell or show something about my thinking. I can contribute to and use simple criteria. I can find some evidence and make judgments. I can reflect on my work and experiences and tell something I learned.
I can get new ideas or build on or combine other people’s ideas to create new things within the constraints of a form, a problem, or materials.
I can get new ideas to create new things or solve straightforward problems. My ideas are fun, entertaining, or useful to me and my peers, and I have a sense of accomplishment. I can use my imagination to get new ideas of my own, or build on other’s ideas, or combine other people’s ideas in new ways. I can usually make my ideas work within the constraints of a given form, problem, or materials if I keep playing with them.