"Our district curriculum is tied to the Idaho state standards, so that is part of the considerations when I am planning a unit. It is not usually too difficult because a lot of subskills and standards get covered when you are doing a project." Char Soucy
In this project students read to find information from reference sources including: magazines, books, Web pages and encyclopedias (in traditional and electronic forms).
For some, applying reading strategies and phonics to decode and comprehend the text is a benchmark target of this project as well.
Students follow a structured writing process to complete a simple report. They publish their information in a six page flip book, and also present it as a PowerPoint slide show. Although not a first grade benchmark, students are exposed to the practice of citing resources used in their reports.
Students learn and practice many of the basic operations standards in order to do this project:
Benchmarks - including but not limited to:
Students use maps to find the range of the animal they are studying. They identify the continent on which it is located to the teacher.
Locate the 7 major continents on a map.
The main conceptual goal for this project is "Form follows function." Students identify where an animal lives, what its characteristics are, and what it eats. Class discussions draw the relationships between these facts.
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