BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Nocturnal Animals: Out there in the Dark
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|Grade: 2nd Grade
|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:
|Keywords: nocturnal animals|
|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?|
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!
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:
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.
A NYSCA Arts Forever Wild II Challenge
|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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