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Animal Inquiry

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Animal Inquiry

Grades 3 – 6
Interactive Type Inquiry & Analysis
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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The Animal Inquiry interactive is a versatile tool that can enhance student inquiry in research at the elementary level. The graphic organizer invites students to explore four facets of animals [basic facts, animal babies, interaction with others, and habitats (shown at left)]; the possibilities for extensions or adaptations, moreover, make this a a nice complement with inquiry-based projects. The follow-up writing prompts can be used to organize research questions as well as to record findings. After completing individual sections or the entire organizer, students have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment.

Lessons That Use This Interactive

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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research

Inspired by their curiosity about animals, students work together to research an animal of their choice and present the information they gather to an authentic audience.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts

Students listen to fiction and nonfiction read-alouds and explore selected Websites to identify factual information about animals. This lesson focuses on ants, but can be adapted to any animal.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Predicting and Gathering Information With Nonfiction Texts

Students take a walk on the wild side when they develop an understanding of nonfiction texts with hands-on experiences and intense analysis.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Digging Up Details on Worms: Using the Language of Science in an Inquiry Study

This lesson, in which students research worms in order to create a classroom habitat, incorporates reading and writing across content areas as well as math and science activities.

 

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Grades   4 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Multiple Perspectives: Building Critical Thinking Skills

Students use critical literacy skills to understand the concept of perspective and to then create a diary for an animal they research with a partner.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

I-Chart

This printout assists students with generating meaningful questions about a topic and organizing their writing by using a structured guide while researching.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Inquiry Charts (I-Charts)

This guide introduces I-Charts, a strategy that enables students to generate meaningful questions about a topic and organize their writing.

 

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