Fourth Grade Animal Report

Fennec Fox Report

Lucas is deep into his fourth grade animal report. He is actually done with all the hardest parts. The research is done, the report is written, edited, and the final draft has been done. It’s illuminated beautifully and lacks only an illustration and a cover design. Lucas consulted three books and a website to learn about the African desert fox.

Fennec Fox Report

These last two days before his deadline are dedicated to the art of his report. He has to model his animal in 3-D and create a diorama of the animal in its environment. We are working on how to make a desert scene.

Fennec Fox Painting in Progress

Lucas also has to paint his animal so the painting can be displayed at the front of the class during his oral presentation. He considered watercolors but elected to use acrylics and canvas for his painting. I didn’t see anything in the instructions barring this option, so that’s what he is working on today.


He paints with a sort of flair, I think. I love this kid!

He has lots more work to do still, but I’m so proud of how he has approached this extensive, multipart, multimedia project. I am proud of his skill and his artistic eye. I’m also delighted with how easily the writing portion went. I watch him unfolding and expanding and becoming more every day with astonishment and gratitude. Imagine—this amazing, soulful being came to us! And I am honored.

Finished Fennec Fox Painting

5 Responses to “Fourth Grade Animal Report”

  • Hilary
    January 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Wonderful! I love his artistic flair, too. Great job, Lucas!


  • Liz
    January 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    wow. Lucas did some fine artwork there! Maybe you and he can give me a lesson in using the acrylic medium next time I visit. (I find it somewhat intimidating and haven’t used it yet.)

    Did you and Ian help him organize his time and stay on deadline or did he do that himself?


  • Carrie
    January 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    What a beautiful painting. I love the Fennec fox. I was just amazed by something… I just clicked over to your blog for the first time from Magic Onions and I scrolled through your posts and your little found dog looks like a fox and also like the illustration of Fletcher on the book recommendation below. What a sweet little guy. I hope you feel better soon.


  • Kelly
    January 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    What a wonderful painting! So talented!!And I’m following you now 😉


  • Stephanie
    January 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

    His painting is brilliant! I just love it! Almost as much as his stance. 🙂 Clearly, he has what it takes!


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