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I am the lucky teacher of 23 amazing, smart, fun, energetic, artistic, creative, and amusing third graders. We live in a small, rural community. Our school has a diverse culture. Included in our boundary is a Native American reservation from which a good part of our student body comes. Most of our students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. Even though our cultures and economic situations are varied, our school is a welcoming place of learning, working together, and providing the best for our children.
One of my favorite units in third grade is when we study animals and their habitats! The kids love to learn about different animals and where they live. We also have great discussions about what we can do to keep animals safe in their natural homes. Having the opportunity to teach my students about animal habitats helps them to become conscious global citizens, and environmentally aware people. Having books (fiction and nonfiction) about animals and where they live helps students to feel acquainted with the world around them. As we read and learn students prepare reports about a chosen animal and what we can do to help sustain its habitat. This is where the printer ink and markers come in handy as students prepare and present colorful displays about what they have learned. This is a great project for my students!