Friday, February 8, 2013
By NATALIE SCOTT
Watson third-graders in Dana Elias’ class got the opportunity to study animals as part of their science projects, beginning in the early part of January and presenting their findings in a speech to their classroom Jan. 28.
The students had to meet a variety of criteria when examining their animals, including general facts, information about their habitats, one interesting fact about their animal, and a picture or other visual aid for their projects.
One of the first presentations was on chimpanzees, one of the mammals considered to be closest to human intelligence. The student told his classmates that chimpanzees are one of the few animals in the wild to use tools in their day-to-day lives. He also told them about the kinds of homes chimpanzees build and that humans are responsible for destroying many of their habitats.
Another student did a presentation on dolphins, who live in many different oceans. One of the most interesting facts about dolphins is that they don’t sleep like humans do, and when they do sleep, it is for very short times. The student also told her classmates that you can tell how old a dolphin is by their teeth.
Other presentation topics included bald eagles, hamsters, owls, elephants, tarantulas, and more.