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First Graders Present Animal Showcase

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
April 21, 2014                                                                       Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204

Castle Rock First Graders Present Animal Showcase
Lions and tigers and bears – oh my!

DIAMOND BAR, CA—Parents of Castle Rock Elementary first graders visited classrooms for an Animal Showcase on April 17.  

The children were eagerly waiting for their arrival with handmade animals perched on every desk including foxes, lions, tigers, dolphins, giraffes, and more.

Each child selected an animal and learned how it has adapted to its environment.

They learned research skills, note taking, and report writing.  They also created a 3D animal art project.

“They’ve learned so much about animals,” said teacher Bonnie Rohm.

Parents listened as the children read their reports and showed off their animals during the 30-minute event.

“Enjoy your morning, it’s a time to celebrate what they are learning,” she added.

Nathan Lees, age 7, chose the cheetah for his research project.

“I like them because they can run super fast!”

“Jaylin Dalal, age 7, proudly displayed his red howler monkey in a jungle made from pompom balls, chenille pipes, and wrapping paper.

“We had to make it at school,” he said.

The six-week Survivors project was part of the IB Sharing the Planet unit of study.

“We talk about animals and how they adapt to their environment,” said teacher Kim Deweese.

Students first learned about animal characteristics.

“What makes a mammal, a bird a bird, and why is a reptile a reptile?” Deweese said.

Then the youngsters inquired about the different way animals adapt to their environment with camouflage, migrating, and hibernating.


Daniel Guh, age 6, made a sea turtle for his research project. Shown with his mom, Lucy.  

Alex Guan drew a blue jay and made it 3D by stuffing paper towels inside. 

Jaylin Dalal showed off his colorful red howler monkey project. 

Emily Tae read her report during the Animal Showcase at Castle Rock Elementary School. 

Castle Rock first grader Label Gomez presented her tiger report during the Animal Showcase.  

Castle Rock first grader Bethany Chiu found her animal on the Survivors’ bulletin board.