BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Tree Branch Mobiles
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|Grade: 2nd Grade|
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
MST 4-Living Environment Key IdeaVIII-Individual Organisms and species change over time PI-1: Students describe how the structures of plants and animals compliment the environment of the plant or animal.
ELA 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation. Key Idea II-Speaking and Writing PI 3-Students monitor and adjust their own oral and written presentations to meet criteria for competent performance
|Keywords: tree identification, mobiles|
|Investigative Question or Issue: Which tree is you? How can we tell one type of tree from another?|
Challenge originally created by Margaret O'Leary & Maureen Peroza.
Teachers will want to ensure the availability of a wide variety of resources (books, field guides, posters, etc) that describe/illustrate the characteristics of different tree types common to the Adirondacks (see Resources noted below). The teacher may also want to “coach” students in developing their observational and differentiating skills when looking at objects that are related but not the same. These skills will need to be honed as students compare common elements of all trees: the whole tree, leaves, twigs, bark, and seeds.
In teams of four arranged with the help of your teacher, create a mobile made from the key parts of one of the four tree types common to the northern forests that you chose to study. You will be using this mobile to help you introduce your tree to the class in a presentation that you will give while standing next to your tree.
Directions for Students: As you prepare to create the mobile for your teaching presentation, please consider the following:
When finished doing your own presentation and learning from others, each team member should be prepared to identify all four of the types you’ve studied either from photograph or while walking along a trail in the woods.
A Northern Forest Partnership challenge
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|Standard/Criteria:||Points Possible:||Points Awarded:|
Mobile is created from actual tree parts, rubbings, or photograps unique to the tree type under study
Mobile includes a card naming the tree represented
The speakers during the tree presentation each discuss two or more parts of the mobile correctly
The speakers during the tree presentation model the criteria for Quality Speaking:
All the information/facts shared in the presentation are accurate
Each team member can identify all four tree types common to northern forests either in photographs or in the field
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