this is a fantastic lesson, nancy! subject integration-writing, science and technology-is always a plus. i like how all 4 parts of communication are utilized-listening, speaking, reading and writing-within this project that the kids are creating. students can use creativity to create their presentation. very motivational to apply the skills learned in the form of a presentation. teaching the lesson by modeling is an ideal teaching method. the checklist is a perfect authentic assessment. my concern would be researching information of different animals for 26 different students(first graders . . . yikes!). maybe choose the same animal to research or work in small groups reseaching the same animal. overall, an easy plan to follow. thanks for sharing!