Introduction: Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Photocopy Animal Research Report (1 per student); (2) Schedule a visit to the school computer lab.

 

Group Size: Whole Class

 

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

·          Use the internet to research one ocean animal.

·          Write a research report on one ocean animal.

·          Identify and explain important facts about one ocean animal.

 

Materials: Animal Research Report (see attachment), pencils, crayons

 

Procedure:

1.       Tell students: Today, you are going to use all of the information you learned yesterday from the internet to write a report on your animal.

2.       Distribute students’ research reports from the previous day.

3.       Model for students how to use the information they gathered to write a sequential report.

4.       Distribute page two of Animal Research Report. Give students time to write their reports.

5.       Circulate the classroom and provide help as necessary.

6.       Instruct students to draw a picture of their animal in the box when they are finished writing.

7.       Use the rubric on page three of Animal Research Report to grade reports.

8.       Hang students’ reports in the classroom for the remainder of the Oceans Alive! unit.

 

Modifications: For students with special needs, provided one-on-one assistance as necessary.

 

Assessment: Direct students to turn to a classmate and share one thing they learned today.

 

Benchmark or Standards:

National Science Education Standards

NS.K-4.3 Life Science– As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

·          The characteristics of organisms.

·          Organisms and environments.

NS.K-4.4 Earth Science– As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

·          Properties of Earth materials.

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