Fourth graders in Ms. Keleher’s and Ms. Ladero’s classes at Lyseth Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side program integrating a science and literacy unit on owls with mixed media bookmaking. After studying owls in Maine including the Great Horned, Barred, Saw-Whet, and Snowy owls, students focused on the adaptations that allow owls to survive: hearing, eyes, talons, beaks, and feathers. Led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman, students then chose a particular owl to illustrate and research while drawing their adaptations, a small map of Maine, and a self portrait to incorporate into handmade books. The program culminated with a celebration of learning where students shared their owl books with their peers and families.
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