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Inquiry

First Grade – Animal Research

Imagine that Adirondack Animal Land wants to bring new animals into the park. Decide whether or not your animal will be able to survive in this environment. Tell the zookeeper what your animal would need, if anything, to survive.

WONDER

Activate thinking, generate curiosity, build background information, tap prior knowledge, frame quality questions for investigation

How do zookeepers take care of animals from all different habitats with different types of needs?

Wildlife Conservation Society (General information)

INVESTIGATE

Construct meaning from text using facts to build big ideas, manage search process, record information using own words, determine relationships between ideas

PebbleGo Database (Password Required)

National Geographic Kids (Animals and Pets)

Exploring Nature (Animal Research)

Second Grade – Adaptations

You are a zoologist who has just found a new species of animal! Like all good zoologists, you must record your discovery. This animal is lost, use it’s adaptations to help you figure out where it’s natural habitat is. Create a cereal for it to eat while it is waiting to be returned home.

WONDER

Activate thinking, generate curiosity, build background information, tap prior knowledge, frame quality questions for investigation

Together, the class will learn about animal habitats and adaptations through the use of the PebbleGo database and other materials.

Students practice framing quality questions about animal adaptations using the Wonder Grid.

Students will explore the relationship between an animals environment and it’s adaptations using the Build Your Wild Self application from the New York Zoo and Aquarium.

INVESTIGATE

Construct meaning from text using facts to build big ideas, manage search process, record information using own words, determine relationships between ideas

Students are introduced to the Essential Question and develop Guiding Questions to help them to organize their research. Students conference with teachers often during this phase. Many materials are used to gather information including books, magazines, databases and websites.

PebbleGo Database (Password Required)

National Geographic Kids (Animals and Pets)

Exploring Nature (Animal Research)

SYNTHESIZE

Use facts to build knowledge, connect ideas, determine relationships between ideas, draw conclusions, differentiate important or central ideas, use vocabulary of the content knowingly, design and creates a product that conveys new understanding

Students will use their research to answer the essential question.

EXPRESS

Communicate new knowledge while clearly supporting the main point, students express their new knowledge through the use of engaging modalities and technologies

Students will create a cereal that their animal could survive on while it is lost and design the box to show their animal in it’s natural habitat.

Third Grade – Rainforest

If the animal that you are researching could speak to the world, what would it say about why we should preserve the rain forest?

WONDER

Activate thinking, generate curiosity, build background information, tap prior knowledge, frame quality questions for investigation

Students activate prior knowledge and set their own learning objectives through the use of a KWL chart.

Through several lessons and a Rainforest Research Packet, students learn about the many features of the rainforest and the animals that depend upon this habitat to survive.

Students read The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry and take part in a lesson that demonstrates the interconnectedness of all living things.

Students practice framing quality questions about the rainforest using the Wonder Grid.

INVESTIGATE

Construct meaning from text using facts to build big ideas, manage search process, record information using own words, determine relationships between ideas

Students are introduced to the Essential Question and develop Guiding Questions to help them to organize their research. Students conference with teachers often during this phase. Many materials are used to gather information including books, magazines, databases and websites.

PebbleGo Database (Password Required)

National Geographic Kids (Animals and Pets)

Exploring Nature (Animal Research)

SYNTHESIZE

Use facts to build knowledge, connect ideas, determine relationships between ideas, draw conclusions, differentiate important or central ideas, use vocabulary of the content knowingly, design and creates a product that conveys new understanding

Students will use their research to answer the essential question. They will write a persuasive paragraph from the point of view of their animal. Students will create an original piece of artwork that shows their animal in it’s natural habitat.