This fall, fourth graders in Ms. Keleher’s class at Lyseth Elementary School participated in a Side x Side bookmaking program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and integrated with a science and literacy unit on owls. The program was introduced with help from Linda Woodard, Scarborough Marsh Director and Educator at Maine Audubon, and owl mounts on loan from Maine Audubon. Students used their research on owls’ habitat and prey and the adaptations that allow them to survive and be successful, to create books with scientific drawings, illustrations, and watercolor resist paper covers. During the program, students took a deeper look at how owls hear and how their eyes differ from human eyes. They created scientific drawings of owl feathers and used watercolor pencils to bring their illustrations to life. They also added pages about talons and beaks along with additional information about their specific owls. The completed books were exhibited at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center’s Discover Room in Falmouth.
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