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Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts

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Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Student Interactives

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 6  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Animal Inquiry

Supporting inquiry-based research projects, the Animal Inquiry interactive invites elementary students to explore animal facts and habitats using writing prompts to guide and record their findings.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 2

Groundhog Day is February 2.

A celebration is held for Groundhog day where students engage in a shadow-watching activity, make predictions, and listen to news reports to compare what happens with Punxsutawney Phil.

 

Grades   1 – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 3

Stellaluna author Janell Cannon was born in 1957.

After reading Stellaluna, students discuss themes in the story and do a unit on bats or a creative writing activity based on the book.

 

Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 1

The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874.

Students consider how zoos have changed over the past century and design their own zoo of the future using drawings, posters, dioramas, or other displays.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 26

Jan Berenstain, co-author of the popular Berenstain Bears series of books, was born in 1923.

Teachers create “Book Kits” for students to help promote family literacy. Berenstain Bears books are included in these “book kits” which also include nonfiction books on the same subject, home activities, reproducibles, and parent information.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World

Nonfiction is the genre most likely to spur children’s passion and wonder for learning. This article discusses way to motivate children to read nonfiction.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

World of Animals

Explore the world of animals through Caroline Arnold’s nonfiction picture books for children.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Animal Perspectives

Discover books that allow you to look at the world through the eyes of an animal!

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Barnyard Antics

Move to the beat with musical barnyard animals who live it up when the sun goes down!

 

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