Hands on learning


In both science and reading, students in Mrs. Watson’s third grade class are learning about animal adaptations and habitats. 


Mrs. Watson led the class in reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins and then they studied about penguins in Antarctica. 

To help them understand more about Antarctica, they utilized an Experience Box called Antarctic Wildlife, from the Chicago Field Museum. From that, they learned that Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth. Only cold-adapted organisms survive there, and different species depend on each other for survival. 


Mrs. Watson shared the students closely examined a king penguin skull, egg, down feathers,

an orca tooth, squid, and krill. 


“Being able to actually get our hands on the real articles was an exciting experience,” the teacher said.