“You’ll view art and poetry. Wait, there’s more!
“You will learn about habitats in our biome tour.
“Our biodiversity songs will be such a delight.
“This extravaganza will be a spectacular night!”
If the above lines have a familiar cadence to them, it’s because they’re similar to ones from the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”
Rollins Place Elementary second-graders took parents, teachers and first-graders to some of those “places” March 21-23 in their project: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Traveling the World Through Art and Music.
The integration of music, poetry and art with science, technology and computer research had every second-grader at the school studying different ecosystems and selecting an organism found in one of three diverse habitats: the deep sea, desert and Antarctica.
“They began working on the projects about four weeks ago,” Principal Jennifer Marangos said, while leading a small school tour March 23.
From firefly squid and blue spiny lizards to emperor penguins, students researched and recorded facts about their organism, such as its height or size, weight, color, skin type (feathers or scales), diet, where it lives, its lifespan and what its predators are.
“Once they did the research on the computer, they had to draw a picture of their organism, then write a poem about it,” Marangos said.
The students recorded descriptions of their organism, made videos of their process using iMovie and Aurasma, an augmented reality 3D application, and wrote and sang songs.
Some of the students were tasked with getting creative and crafting their own organism using recycled materials, such as cotton balls, which doubled as snow, and shoestrings that were used to make jellyfish tentacles.
Giant biomes of plastic sheeting held their shape with the use of air blowers and were decorated to look like one of the three ecosystems studied by the students.
A black light was used to mimic bioluminescent life forms in the deep sea while the desert biome featured plenty of rocks, a sun, cacti, sand, reptiles and insects.
Each first-grade class toured the biomes during the day, while the community and parents were invited to tour the projects at night.