Students create visual projects for science fair

Do you know how to classify living things? Well at Ranch Elementary, fourth graders sure do. Students have been discussing how to classify all living things, specifically animals, into whether they are invertebrates or vertebrates.

As a culminating project to the unit of study, teachers decided to have the students study an animal that is native to Arizona. By researching a native animal, students are showing the interdisciplinary relationship between science and social studies, which is rarely seen.

Since a fourth grader’s social studies standards revolve around Arizona, teachers felt it would be advantageous to incorporate.

For this assignment, each child was asked to gain knowledge on their animal, create a project/visual, and compose an essay with various elements about their animal. Ranch Elementary fourth graders went above and beyond producing outstanding presentations.

These projects were displayed during the Science Exploration Fair on Feb. 3 in Ranch Elementary classrooms for others to appreciate and vote on. First, second, and third place winners’ projects were shown at the SciTech Festival on Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at Combs High School.

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