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Episode 45 — World of Animals

 

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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 12:28
Original Air Date Published May 16, 2012

Music in this podcast is provided by Freeplay Music.

 

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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Webcams in the Classroom: Animal Inquiry and Observation

Students observe animals using one of the many webcams broadcasting from zoos and aquariums around the United States and the world, with a focus on observation, discussion, questioning, and research.

 

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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts

Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using Science Texts to Teach the Organizational Features of Nonfiction

Students explore organizational features of nonfiction science. Students then work together to create a two-page spread using those features to present information about their local environment.

 

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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 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 20

On this day in 1910, animal rights activist Joy Adamson was born.

A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 25

NCTE's Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Award is announced today.

Students conduct research and write original works of nonfiction on topics of their choice.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 27

On this day in 1907, Rachel Carson was born.

Students learn about Rachel Carson, explore different environmental websites, and write a Diamante Poem about a particular habitat.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 11

Author E.B. White was born on this day in 1899.

Author E.B. White, most well-known for his famous children's book, Charlotte's Web, received high acclaim and awards for many of his works of fiction.

 

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Printouts

Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

Nonfiction Pyramid

After students read an article or other work of nonfiction, they can use the Nonfiction Pyramid to reflect on key ideas and details in the text.

 

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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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Activities & Projects

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Take a Virtual Field Trip

Can't make it to a zoo? Observe animal habits and habitats using one of the many Webcams broadcasting from zoos and aquariums around the United States and the world.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Go Wild with Webcams!

Can't make it to a zoo? After reading a book about apes, observe animal habits and habitats using one of the many Webcams broadcasting from zoos and aquariums around the United States and the world.

 

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Podcast Episodes

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

A Kathryn Lasky Feature Episode

Discover several works of Kathryn Lasky, author of the popular Guardians of Ga'Hoole and the new Wolves of the Beyond series.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Lizard Love

Discover a love for lizards in these nonfiction and fiction books.

 

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