After finishing our animal research projects we turned to our favorite author and animal guru Steve Jenkins to extend our project a bit more.
We used his text Creature Features and focused on animal adaptations. Students created a question about their animal that readers might want to know and then answered it. We used layered paper like Jenkins does for the artwork.
I love including art into the classroom throughout the disciplines because it allows kids who usually have a hard time being included freedom to express themselves and have something completed that gets to be hung up with their friends.
Last year, we used Steve Jenkins' Never Smile at a Money. After researched they analyzed their animal and came up with something readers would never want to do if they encountered that animal.