The Year 1-2 Wilson class had an exciting surprise trip, learning about Komodo Dragons and other amazing reptiles!
The Year 1-2 class at Wilson went on a surprise trip to ‘Rehoboth’s Museum of Dinosaurs and Reptiles’, as this was a start to our non-fiction Talk for Writing unit.
We investigated nooks and crannies of reptiles and dinosaurs hiding in their habitats.
During our trip, we read about different types of reptiles and how unique each of them are. Lots of fun animal facts were learnt through reading various non-fiction texts.
After researching our own facts, we came together as a class to share our new learnings and began learning about Komodo Dragons using a story map to draw out a model text.
To help us learn the text better, we split into groups throughout the week and practiced a section to present to the class. This prompted lots of wondering questions about Komodo Dragons! We wondered questions such as:
“Why do Komodo Dragons eat their babies?”
“Why do Komodo Dragons stick their tongue out?”
“Why do Komodo Dragons only live in Indonesia?”
“How do you tell the difference between a girl and boy Komodo Dragon?”
Next, we recreated our Komodo Dragons using playdough. We carefully looked at pictures to see the correct proportions of body parts and rationed our playdough to make sure we had enough. We had to make sure our Komodo Dragon had a long head and neck, short strong legs, a wide thick body and a heavy tail. Lots of us also added smaller details such as its forked tongue and scales as well! Afterward, we labelled our Komodo Dragon, using powerful adjectives to label and describe our creations.
We were excited to have done our own research on another reptile – the chameleon! Next week, we are going to write our own non-fiction texts, grouping facts together under headings, just like we learnt through our Komodo Dragon text!
There are so many more animal facts that we have yet to discover together. We wonder what else about God’s wonderful creation there is to discover!