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Animals and Animal Habitats!

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Over the next four weeks, we are going to study non-fiction reading and writing. We will use awesome literature to teach us about this genre, and will create a writing piece of our own. I bet you can guess the topic!

First, we will explore the many different animal habitats found around the world. We will identify the habitats in the U.S., and especially in Michigan and we will select a particular habitat to become an expert on.

Next, we will find an interesting animal that lives in one of these habitats we are going to study. We will generate driving questions that will guide us through our investigation, and use our research and note-taking skills to find and record information.

After that, we will learn all about how to construct a non-fiction essay. An essay is "A short piece of writing on one subject, usually presenting the author's own views," according to www.dictionary.com. This essay will have a table of contents, a title, headings and subheadings, and then well-constructed paragraphs.

Finally, we will present our essays. If there is time, we will also have an opportunity to create a project for our animal!

All of the resources you need are listed below. Please follow the directions carefully!

Directions:

Day One
  1. Select a habitat card. Work in your small group to learn as much as you can about your habitat. Use the resources below. (We recommend you use the Enchanted Learning sites.)
  2. Click on this link to record your data: Animal Habitat & Regions Note Page

Day Two
  1. Select a new habitat card. Learn about the habitat from the research that was done yesterday. Click on the Habitats Wiki Page above.
  2. In your new small group, investigate your habitat by using the resources below. You each will need to select a different animal from that habitat to study.
  3. Report to your teacher which animal you will be researching.

Day Three
  1. Generate driving questions to guide you as you research. You can use the following flyer to help:external image pdf.png [[file/view/Thick Questions.pdf|Thick Questions.pdf]]
  2. Create a NEW PAGE. Name it "Your animal- your name" and use the Animal Research Template. Tag it with Animals (push enter) and with your name (push enter).
  3. Add your driving questions to the correct table on your new wiki page.
  4. Cite your resources. Remember you need to triangulate your information and use at least 3 different sources. If you can't remember how to cite your sources, link to this page to see how. Bibliography Citing sources

Day Four, Five, Six, Seven
  1. Begin your research. Use the note-taking table on your wiki page to take detailed notes. Remember to write in your own words. No cutting and pasting!
  2. You must do research at home.
  3. You MUST triangulate your research data. That means you must have three separate resources that have identical information in them, so you can trust the information to be true. You must use at least one book and one website. You may use as many resources as you'd like.
  4. You must have a photograph of your animal. Be sure to cite where you found it.

Day Eight, Nine, Ten
  1. After the class lesson on writing a non-fiction essay, FOLLOW THE WRITING PROCESS to write a rough draft. You will write one paragraph for each driving question you asked. Be sure to consider the 6 + 1 TRAITS of WRITING.
  2. Complete the animal report organizer. Make a new page. Name it: Animal Report Ogranizer- Your Name & click on template. Save and begin adding the information from your inspiration map using complete sentences into the organizer.
  3. RUBRIC for writing the project. Rubric For Written Research Project

Day Eleven
  1. Self- Edit & Revise
  2. Peer Conference: Bless, Press, Address

Day Twelve and Thirteen
  1. Edit and Revise

Day Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, Seventeen, Eighteen
  1. Teacher Conference. Edit and Revise.
  2. Link your piece to the student page on this page.
  3. With permission, you may create a project about your animal.

Animal Habitat Projects

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Resources:

National Zoo
http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Schools/Elementary/Beverly/Media+Center/Encyclopedias+anda+Databases.htm
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http://www.earthsendangered.com/

http://www.defenders.org (go to Wildlife tab)

http://library.thinkquest.org/11353/e-animals.htm

http://www.fws.gov (go to Kids section)

http://www.animationlibrary.com/


http://www.bagheera.com/index.htm

http://endangeredspecie.com

http://kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html

http://endangeredtv.com

http://www.konicaminolta.com/kids/animals/index.html?cid=00K1002Lgoogle_kids

NatGeo

Animal.com

Animal Planet

BBC Wildlife Finder

eNature

Enchanted Learning

Yahoo Kids- Animals

Kids Biology- Animals

Sea World

Click here for information on Dawn dishwashing liquid campaign:
Dawn Saves Wildlife
Animals of the World
Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World
WWF: World Wildlife Fund



Tropical Rainforest


http://kids.mongabay.com/
http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/krubal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/what.html
http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/resources.cfm?id=facts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/rainforest/
http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org/education1.php.htm
http://www.mbgnet.net/sets/rforest/index.htm
http://www.worldtrek.org/odyssey/latinamerica/050199/050199making.html
http://www.panda.org/about_our_earth/ecoregions/about/habitat_types/habitats/tropical_forests/


Taiga


http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/taiga.htm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/taiga/taiga.shtml
http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/taiga.html
http://www.brainpop.com/science/theearthsystem/taiga/preview.weml
http://www.ri.net/schools/West_Warwick/manateeproject/Taiga/pands.htm
http://www.mbgnet.net/sets/taiga/index.htm


Polar Regions


http://42explore.com/polar.htm
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/earth/polar/polar_life_intro.html
http://inchinapinch.com/hab_pgs/polar/polar.htm
http://www.panda.org/about_our_earth/ecoregions/about/habitat_types/habitats/polar_regions/
http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Nyctea_scandiaca/
http://www.pewclimate.org/global-warming-basics/kidspage.cfm


Desert


http://www.gigglepotz.com/themes-desert.htm
http://www.pima.gov/cmo/sdcp/species/fsheets/facts.html
http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/desert_tortoise.php
http://www.mbgnet.net/sets/desert/index.htm
http://inchinapinch.com/hab_pgs/terres/desert/animals.htm
http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/desert.html
http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0167-desert.php
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/desert/desert.shtml
http://www.panda.org/about_our_earth/ecoregions/about/habitat_types/habitats/deserts/
http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/desert.html
http://inchinapinch.com/hab_pgs/terres/desert/desert.htm


Ocean


http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/eviau/edit557/oceans/linda/loceans.htm
http://saltaquarium.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&zTi=1&sdn=saltaquarium&cdn=homegarden&tm=14&f=00&tt=14&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/ocean/
http://www.mbgnet.net/salt/oceans/index.htm
http://marinebio.org/Oceans/Conservation/local.asp
http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0608-oceans.html
http://www.panda.org/about_our_earth/ecoregions/about/habitat_types/habitats/oceans/
http://www.yoto98.noaa.gov/facts/pollut.htm


Coral Reef


http://papahanaumokuakea.gov/education/kids/welcome.html
http://www.reefball.org/kids/reefballFrameSet1.html
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/coralreef/coralreef.shtml
http://www.mbgnet.net/salt/coral/indexfr.htm
http://www.yoto98.noaa.gov/books/reefs/reef1-5.htm
http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/coralreef.html


Savanna


http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AfricanSavanna/default.cfm
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/kidscorner/endangered_animals/whats_the_problem.htm
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals/kidscorner/endangered_animals/howtohelp.htm
http://www.brainpop.com/science/theearthsystem/savanna/preview.weml
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/savanna.htm
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/afric_savanna.htm
http://www.thw.coventry.sch.uk/Geography/KS4/The%20Savanna%20in%20Kenya%20-%20The%20study%20of%20a%20large%20scale%20ecosyste%E2%80%A6.pdf
http://www.amnh.org/ology/features/askascientist/question19.php

Mountain

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/lake_arrowhead/files/natural_history3.htm
http://donskiff.com/animals_in_mountains.htm
http://www.swissworld.org/en/switzerland/swiss_specials/swiss_mountains/mountain_animals/
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/mountain-goat.html


Deciduous Forest


http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-for-kids/0170-deciduous-forest.php
http://inchinapinch.com/hab_pgs/terres/d_forest/td_forest.htm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/tempdecid/tempdecid.shtml
http://www.mbgnet.net/sets/temp/index.htm