Fourth graders in Ms. St. Germain’s class at Lyseth Elementary School recently participated in a Side x Side bookmaking program led virtually by teaching artist Jill Osgood and integrated with a science and literacy unit on owls. The program kicked off with a virtual “visit” over Zoom from the Center for Wildlife and its live owl ambassadors. After several outdoor expeditions to look for signs of owls and other wildlife, students developed research questions. Through Zoom sessions with Jill Osgood, students learned illustration, painting, crayon watercolor resist, and collage skills to create books that capture their research on owls including their diet, habitat, behavior, adaptations, and life cycle. An outdoor showcase which included an exhibit and sharing of the completed owl books and journals wrapped up the program.
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