Students: Grades 1-2
Population: China, India and Yemen
Students proficiency in English range from intermediate level to advanced.
Strategies: Student centered activities, incorporate non biased texts- less invisible.
Empowering students by using discourse in class to incorporate their experiences- prior knowledge.
NJCCCS: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 – WIDA The Language of Language Arts; The Language of Science; The Language of S.S.; The Language of Math
Big Idea: Environment (Rainforest) Essential Question(s): How can we have a positive impact on our environment? What is the rainforest and why do we need to appreciate the value of this worldwide resource? How does nature and man coexist? Enduring Understanding: Social awareness and responsibility We can all do our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to save the environment and our earth for future generations Stimulate interest in the sciences Knowledge and skills:The student will: Identify the animals of the rainforest Identify the plants of the rainforest Identify the people of the rainforest Identify layers of the rainforest Sustainable harvest Research on the internet Read for comprehension Build vocabulary Read and discuss books Listen attentively Answer simple questions Follow simple directions Match oral words to printed words Write brief descriptions Performance Task for the End of this Unit: Compose a scrapbook on the things they see in their travels through a rainforest, research, and write facts about animals, plants and the people. Compose a poem about the rainforest Diorama Make a “Save the Rainforest” magnet Make a Rain forest in a bottle. Place about 2” of potting soil into a two liter clear plastic pop bottle. Add a variety of seeds. Add about 1⁄4 cupsoil. Oral Presentation-discuss and set goals for collecting money for “Save an Acre:” program. Learning Activities: Generate a KKWL Chart utilizing student’s responses to the topic of the rainforest Preview and Predict, book walks Read Aloud: The Great Kapok Tree Shared Reading: About the Rainforest (NF), In The Rain Forest (NF & F) Write and design pages for scrapbook and what they saw in their travels today. Research websites- (animals, plants, medicine, people, endangerment) Design a rainforest on the wall Magic School Bus Video Garbage Bag Lunch Sell Rainforest treats. (Estimate, calculate cost and profit). Proceeds will go to “Save an Acre” program. Assessments:Teacher observation of participation and performance Completed activitiesRubric for scrapbook Books, Materials:The Great Kapok Tree byAbout the Rainforest by Heather JohanasenIn the Rain Forest (Ricter)Websites: www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/rainforest/Rainforest animal book and crafts• http://www.earthsbirthday.org/explore/teachers/howto/diorama.htmDiorama• http://rainforestheroes.com/teacher resources, Kids Take Action activities, About the Rain Forest-slide show, Jungle Gym-crafts & recipes