I am so sorry that I've been neglecting this sweet blog. It's the busy season for photographers and I am just doing my best to keep my head above water.
Last week, H's second grade class completed their rainforest & South America unit by giving presentations on their chosen rainforest animal. H had selected the black caiman. The main project was to study the chosen animal's lifecycle and build a life-size model using only recycled/recyclable materials.
H did a great job with the research side of the project and we turned the life-size model into a family project. After some discussion, we decided to model a "baby" black caiman. That was because the full grown black caiman can grow to over 13 feet long! We used a plastic water bottle for the body and then used aluminum foil to wrap around the body and form the head, legs and tails. H and O then painted the caiman with black paint and added red pom-poms for eyes. The little guy looked great!
Once we got to school that morning, I was amazed with how great the classroom "rainforest" looked! During the day, each student gave his/her presentation and was evaluated by their peers. H received a perfect score! Mrs. Becker & Mrs. Miller both said that H was completely interested in the presentation and paid very close attention to each student's words.
Here is the rainforest with multiple jaguars, a sloth, butterflies, tarantula, anaconda, black caiman and other animals...
H giving his presentation: