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Posted November 9, 2010

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Biology Teacher and Principal Establish Storybook and Reading Project

Last month, 16 West Mesa High freshmen ventured to Lavaland Elementary in Northwest Albuquerque to read stories of their own creation to fifth graders. Two weeks prior, the high school students created children’s story books about nature’s water cycle from the perspective of a water molecule character who traveled through the cycle.

Creating the storybooks was part of a project-based, environmental unit for West Mesa’s biology classes. Those with excellent stories, art and ecological content were chosen for the field trip. Two classes of Lavaland students were highly attentive during the presentation of the stories. Post-story assessment indicated the fifth graders enjoyed the stories and understood the concept of water cycles. Students whose stories were not selected were encouraged to read the stories to siblings or other relatives for additional credit.

The idea of creating storybooks and reading to elementary students is credited to Krista Gordon, West Mesa biology teacher. The project was planned by West Mesa ninth grade academy cross curricular teams and Susan Neddeau, principal of Lavaland Elementary.

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