The Lower School opened its annual biome museum on Friday. The focus of this year's display is the African savanna, with work from each of the grades featured throughout the hallways of the Cox building. Beyond the eye-catching aardvark burrows, cardboard giraffes and life-sized bird silhouettes are layers of information representing a collaboration among the related arts classes of art, computers, library, music, science and world languages. Throughout the exhibit, QR codes, iPads and Lower School docents help visitors understand the richness of each display.
Reflecting on the project, Lower School computer and music teacher Jill Fedon said, "The biome project is one of the wonderful highlights of our Lower School related arts program. Collaborations take place within individual classes and by grade level as well as between different grades and among the related arts classrooms. Focusing on one biome across multiple disciplines, students in every grade research, study, create, and share information. The experience gives them a deeper understanding of the material and helps them appreciate the interconnectedness of learning."
The savanna, which is on display until June 2, is well worth a visit. Just make sure to check in with the Lower School office before starting your tour.
A guide to projects by grade
Preschool and Pre-K worked with their teachers to create block zebras, open-mouthed lions and safari elephants.
Kindergarten helped to create safari necklaces, safari guides, African necklaces and aardvark burrows.
First-graders researched and helped to create African bird silhouettes, word clouds and Kente cloth.
Second-graders researched and helped to create multimedia animal displays, Kente cloth, voice threads linked to "creature feature" QR codes throughout the display.
Third-graders researched and helped to create plaster-cast African masks, countries of the African savanna presentations for the computer outside the library, research pages, QR codes, 3-D glasses, cardboard animals of the savanna, aardvark burrow animals, meerkats and African instruments.
Fourth-graders researched and helped to create a large-scale map of Africa, magnified animal art, wild Africa videos based on animal research and 3-D grasses.