Since early this February, the second grade at Fieldston Lower has been immersed in an in-depth study of marine life. They began with a trip to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT where they had the opportunity to observe a wide variety of sea creatures in their habitats. After deciding as a group what sea creature each student would study, each member of our class conducted research to discover facts about their animals' habitats, physical characteristics, predators, prey, life cycle, and the ways in which humans pose threats to their survival.
Working closely with Emily Grossman in the art room, each student created a detailed papier-mâché model of the creature they studied. The creatures are now "living" in the classroom in front of a large class mural. The mural shows the Hudson River flowing alongside Manhattan and flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. The students have labeled the three distinct ocean zones on the mural. The creatures represent a wide array of animal classifications including mammals, mollusks, cnidarians, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. The second grade was proud to present their "Museum Under the Sea.”