A Place for Mammals on the Endangered List
- K-12: Science
- K-12: Language Arts
This unit of study is a three-way collaboration between a 5th Grade teacher, science cluster teacher and library media specialist. This unit is designed to introduce 5th grade students with limited prior knowledge regarding research to the process. The purpose of this unit is to build understanding of the information resources available to conduct research for a project and have an opportunity to practice the skills necessary for locating information about a topic. The information skill of using both print and web resources to conduct research will be reinforced. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups or individually to produce non-fiction, science-based feature articles.
Goals & Objectives:
• Students will be able to successfully find the information they need using print resources.
• Students will become gain a better understanding of how to search web resources to obtain needed information.
• Students will present information in a prescribed format.
• Students will orally and visually share what they have learned about selected endangered animals.
• Fifth grade students will perform a successful search of the following print resources: books, Encyclopedias, and magazines.
• Students will learn how to take notes and cite sources used correctly.
• With the information gained from the Web resources provided by the instructor, students will learn facts about endangered mammals.
• Students will work successfully in a group or individually to complete their assignment.
• Students will acquire enough information to orally and visually report their findings.
• Generate interest in the research process.
• Stimulate students’ interest in endangered animals.
• Build students’ confidence in their ability to learn and use information skills.
• Maintain students’ interest in the research process.
• Reinforce students’ confidence in their ability to learn and use information skills.
Methods, media, materials: MP3 sound file of whale communication,
laptop, LCD projector with images of endangered mammals
Methods, media, materials: Instructional conversation, demonstration, note fact sheets, chart tablet
Methods, media, materials: Instructional conversation, demonstration, note fact sheets, chart tablet, SMART board, laptops
Day 1: Library teacher plays a sound file of whale sounds as students enter the library. Library teacher tells students they should listen closely because that sound may not be heard for much longer if the following whales become extinct. Library teacher presents the idea that animals becoming extinct doesn’t really matter. The library teacher discusses with students how life on earth is affected by the extinction of animals.
The library teacher introduced the idea of how endangered mammals may be preserved introducing the idea of protecting them through various measure. The 5th Grade teacher and the library teacher do a quick brainstorming activity with the students of what things could be done to preserve these animals. Students are asked to generate questions about an endangered mammals they have selected to research. The library teacher in conjunction with the classroom teacher outlines the assignment and introduces the task. Students are given a choice of what endangered mammal they would like to research.
Day 2: Library teacher gives a mini-lesson to review the use of non-fiction materials, encyclopedias and magazines to look for information. The fifth grade students are getting ready to enter middle school, where they will be required to use multiples sources to complete assignments. Using a variety of print resources will be an important skill to possess. Students will take notes and collect note facts for their topics. Library teacher will demonstrate how to cite sources used to collect facts and information from print sources. Students will be given a choice to work with a partner, in a small group, or individually.
Day 3: This lesson consists of looking at a pre-selected Web site projected on a SMART board. The library teacher page explains to the students that she is only looking for answers questions previously generated by students. The library teacher demonstrates how to find needed information without having to look at every single word of text. Similar to the print resources, students are guided to use the features of expository text structure present on the web page such as titles, sub-titles, photographs, graphs, charts, etc. to locate needed information. Students again are encouraged to take note facts. Library teacher will demonstrate how to cite web sources. Laptops are now used by students to locate information using this web site.
Learning Assessment Method(s):
• The library teacher and 5th Grade teacher will work together to assist students who require additional support and guidance, redirecting students when necessary
• Students will construct a non-fiction feature article using the information they obtained from both print and web resources using 3-5 facts from each resource using note-fact worksheets
• The written work (non-fiction feature article) produced by collecting note-facts and information from print resources and a web site will demonstrate the skill of locating appropriate information, note taking, citing sources, and constructing a written report (non-fiction feature article) being evaluated by a rubric
• Students will share their articles orally and discuss what they learned about locating information , and citing sources used which will demonstrate orally l students’ understanding of the tasks.
• The ability of the students to work in groups will be assessed by the teachers.
Attached is my complete lesson plan.
Attached is my complete lesson plan.
- My Note Facts_1891.doc
National Information Literacy Standards (K-12)
Accesses information efficiently and effectively.
Recognizes the need for information.
Formulates questions based on information needs.
Identifies a variety of potential sources of information.
Develops and uses successful strategies for locating information.
Uses information accurately and creatively
Organizes information for practical application.
Integrates new information into one's own knowledge.
Produces and communicates information and ideas in appropriate formats
Recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.
Seeks information from diverse sources, contexts, disciplines, and cultures
Practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
Respects intellectual property rights.
Uses information technology responsibly.
Participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.
Shares knowledge and information with others.
Respects others' ideas and backgrounds and acknowledges their contributions.
Collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to identify information problems and to seek their solutions.
Information Skills and Subskills (K-16)
Identifies requirements of research task
Determines amount/type of information needed to complete research task
Identifies potential information sources
Creates a general framework for organizing information found
Uses indexes and search engines
Locates and accesses information resources
Explores range of information resources
Locates relevant information within selected sources
Identifies and extracts relevant information from selected sources
Uses highlighting and/or notetaking skills
Organizes final information for presentation
Assembles organized information for presentation
Reviews presentation for grammatical, spelling, and other errors
Cites sources appropriately
- Subject: K-12: Language Arts
National Content Standards (K-12)
Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process
Uses grammatical and mechanical conventions in written compositions
Gathers and uses information for research purposes
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts
Listening and Speaking
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes
Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media
- Subject: K-12: Science
Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment