BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Owl Habitats
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Grade: 1st Grade
Class: Science
Author: M. Harriman
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
Keywords: owls, habitat
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How do Adirondack owls survive?
Context:

Challenge originally created by M. Harriman & C. Merrihew.

Prior to giving this challenge, the teacher may want to engage the class in a discovery phase activity that introduces the concept of "habitat" to the students and helps them understand theĀ  "four components" that make up any habitat (food, shelter, water, and space.)

The Challenge:

In groups of 3 or 4 formed with the help of your teacher, chose a species of owl that lives in the Adirondacks and is of interest to you. Do some research to find out how your chosen owl lives. As you research, find information about each of the following focus questions:

- Where in the Adirondacks does your kind of owl live? What does it look like where it lives?

- What kind of food does your owl eat? How does it get this food?

- How does your owl shelter itself from the weather?

- How does your owl get water?

Create either a wall mural, a shoebox diorama, a simple flip book, or a computer generated display that is visually appealingĀ  and shows us what you have learned about your owl. Whatever product you choose to create, it must accurately model the information you have learned about the survival needs of your owl regarding each of the focus questions above.

To make sure we understand what you are trying to show us, please prepare four written sentences summarizing your answer to each of the focus questions above. Present this information to the class in creative way through a poem, a song, a cut and paste paper, or in some kind of report stye.

We will discuss in class how much time you have to complete this challenge.

Quality Standards:

- Display is completed on time

- Display accurately and creatively shows how their owl meets its survival needs

- Display is visually appealing

- Group has the information they have gathered written out in a minimum of four sentences that answer the focus questions accurately

- Group orally presents accurate information to the rest of the class about their owl

- Group shares its imformation about their owl in a creative way such as a poem, song, cut and paste paper, or report of some type.

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Display is completed on time

5

Display accurately and creatively shows how their owl meets its survival needs

25

Display is visually appealing

15

Group has the information they have gathered written out in a minimum of four sentences that answer the focus questions accurately

10

Group orally presents accurate information to the rest of the class about their owl

25

Group shares its imformation about their owl in a creative way such as a poem, song, cut and paste paper, or report of some type

20

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