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Habitat for a day

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Seven-year-old Iraina Clark waits as her teacher, Pam Fischer, adjusts a microphone for her Tuesday morning at Jackson Township Elementary School. Iraina is the daughter of Omega Clark and Tim Hall-O'Brien. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
For one day this week, a classroom at Jackson Township Elementary School was transformed.

Students in Pam Fischer's second-grade class spent the past couple of weeks learning about different environments throughout the world and the animals that live in them.

On Tuesday, the students had the opportunity to give a presentation to their parents, displaying all they had learned.

"(Tuesday) is the finale, kind of the celebration," Fischer said. "The kids have learned a tremendous amount of knowledge about the animals."

A classroom at the school was decorated to represent six different habitats, including the arctic region, rain forests, the desert, woodlands, the jungle and the ocean.

JTES Instructional Assistant DeBrenn Milner said students took a field trip to the Indianapolis Zoo earlier this month before working on their projects.

"The kids got to see the exhibits (at the zoo) and learn more," Milner said.

After the field trip, the students brainstormed and created Zooland, a project that takes place every year for second-graders at the school.

Fischer said students were allowed to choose an animal to learn more about and create a report. Then, they had the opportunity to discuss what they found in front of their parents Tuesday.

Fifth-grade students at JTES helped create the different environments as well.

Seven-year-old Iraina Clark said she learned quite a bit about penguins and polar bears and even hinted that she would like to have a polar bear.

"We learned that polar bears are about to be extinct," Iraina said. "And I love penguins because they're really cute and sometimes can be really funny."

All JTES students will have the opportunity to see the exhibits later this week.

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