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|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
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Nature Study Outdoor Treasure Hunts (with Spanish language option)
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Seven 60-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computers with Internet access (one for each student)
- Overhead projector (optional)
- Treasure Hunt Story Worksheet
- Hoja de Trabajo, Cuento de Búsqueda del Tesoro (Treasure Hunt Story Worksheet)
- Peer-Editing Form
- Hoja de Evaluación en Pareja (Peer-Editing Form)
- Sample Treasure Hunt
- Muestra la Búsqueda del Tesoro (Sample Treasure Hunt)
- Grading Checklist
- Lista de Control para la Calificación (Grading Checklist)
- San Diego Zoo: Animal Bytes
- National Geographic: Animals
- National Geographic Kids
- Canadian Museum of Nature: Natural History Notebooks
- eNature: FieldGuides
- Peer Edit With Perfection! Tutorial
- Salon Hogar: Animales
- ZooWeb Plus
- Estudiantes: Animales Salvajes
|1.||Decide on one or two outdoor places for this activity. (The teacher-made treasure hunt in Session 1 can be done in one place and the student-made treasure hunts in Session 3 somewhere else.) Suggested locations: the schoolyard, a nearby park, or other outdoor area. Establish where students can and cannot go in each place.
|2.||Decide on logistics for the teacher-made treasure hunt.
|3.||If you decide to conduct this lesson in Spanish for all or part of your class, follow the instructions in this lesson, using the student handouts and websites in Spanish as needed. You may choose to have all or only some students participate in Spanish.
|4.||Prepare a teacher-made treasure hunt for your students, either by making appropriate changes in the Sample Treasure Hunt to fit your environment or by making up an original one. Make copies of your treasure hunt for each group of four students and cut each copy into strips to separate the clues. If you are following Option 2 above, change the order of the clues slightly for each group. Color code and number each group's clues.
|5.||Decide on configurations of students for working in groups of four (Session 1 treasure hunt) and groups of two (Session 6 peer editing). Ideally, groups should be heterogeneous, with students of varying abilities who would likely work well together.
|6.||Make a transparency of your model treasure hunt and two copies for each student of the Peer-Editing Form for Sessions 2 and 6.
|7.||Make copies for each student of the Treasure Hunt Story Worksheet and Grading Checklist.
|8.||Preview the websites listed and bookmark them on student computers. If necessary, reserve the computer lab for Sessions 2 and 4, and the library for Session 5.