BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Nocturnal Animals: Out there in the Dark
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Grade: 2nd Grade
Class: Science
Author: Maureen Peroza
NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 1: Analysis, Inquiry and Design
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

NATIONAL STANDARDS

  • Science: Life Science; Nature of Science
  • Life Skills: Working with Others
  • Language Arts: Listening & Speaking
  • Arts: Understands & Applies Media
Keywords: nocturnal animals
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: Who is out there in the woods in the dark of night? Which Adirondack animals are up and about while we humans sleep?
Context:

The teacher will want to ensure the availability of resource materials appropriate to the number of topics selected. The teacher will want to guide the class in producing a brainstorm list of nocturnal animals common to the northern forest and aid in the selection of 5 or 6 animals from the list for in-depth study. The teacher will also probably need to “coach” students in playing specific roles within the group (fact finder, writer, illustrator, etc) and introduce them to a formal process of researching and recording data about their animal that they can then use to meet the challenge described below. Finally, the teacher may want to help students describe appropriate Criteria for Quality for each of the products they choose to create.

Note from author: I have done many lessons on this unit throughout the years. Using researched facts, my students and I have written several fictional animal stories to be used as plays or puppet shows. We have made sawdust puppets and clay puppets. We have also used stuffed animals as puppets. The words to the nocturnal animal booklet are in attachment #1. Students can illustrate the entire book or classes can create one book by each student doing one or several pages.  Enjoy!

The Challenge:

In small groups of 2 or 3 formed with the help of your teacher, create one of the following products: poster, painting, diorama, mobile, photo album, or any other product you can think of that your teacher will approve. Your product will be used to support a presentation to the class in which you tell us important information about a nocturnal animal of the Adirondacks that you have decided to study.

Directions for Students:

As you research information about your animal, be sure to find out the following facts:

  • The name of the animal
  • Distinguishing features features of the animal by which it could be recognized from a distance
  • A general description of the animal (body colors, covering, size)
  • The habitat of the animal
  • The food of the animal
  • The nighttime activities of the animal
  • The daytime activities of the animal

Once your product is completed you will be asked to give the class a short presentation in which you use your product to help teach the class about the facts you discovered regarding your animal. Make sure all the information you share about your animal is accurate.

Every member of your team should participate in the presentation in some way. All team members should be prepared to respond to questions about your animal if asked to do so.

Examples of Student Work

A NYSCA Arts Forever Wild II Challenge

Related Files:
Student Handout
Quality Standards:
  • Product is completed on time
  • Product conforms to Criteria for Quality described in class
  • All the required information/facts are shared as part of the presentation
  • All team members participate in the presentation in some way
  • All information in the product and the presentation is accurate
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Product is completed on time

Product conforms to Criteria for Quality described in class

All information in the product and the presentation is accurate

All the required information/facts are shared as part of the presentation

All team members participate in the presentation in some way

All team members are able to respond appropriately to questions about their animal when asked to do so

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