My fourth grader’s last block of the year was Man and Animal (Zoology). We studied different types of animals and their characteristics. We looked at the types of teeth and other specialized qualities of the animals, which make them unique and amazing. We then talked about how each of these qualities have been given to humans and we bring them together in a balanced way.
I think this is an inspiring way to present this block, as so often zoology can easily dissolve into a study in how humans have negatively impacted the animals of the world. It seems to me that it could get a little depressing for the fourth grader to hear that over and over, so I like the idea of planting a seed in my children that they have been given special gifts. Those gifts are to be used to bring goodness into the world for humans and animals alike.
The cover page was inspired by a cover page at jamedarisgrade4.weebly.com:
Here are a few of my artworks:
Why is it that some people seem born able to draw horses? I am not one of those people… I can’t believe how hard it is after all these years!