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  • 1. Animal Research Project Created by: Kari Haberling Melissa Hayes Shae Stephenson
  • 2. Third Grade Language Standards  W.3.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  W.3.2b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.  W.3.7. Conduct short research topics that build knowledge about a topic.
  • 3. Third Grade Science Standards  3.L.1.2. Students are able to identify characteristic features of animals and their related functions in relation to their environment.  3.L.2.1. Students are able to explain how animals instinctively meet basic needs in their environment.
  • 4. Third Grade ISTE Standards  1.b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.  2.a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.  2.b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.  3.b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.  5.a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.  6.c. Troubleshoot systems and applications.  6.d. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
  • 5.  Students will work in groups of two or three to complete the assignment. The teacher will pair the students based on their academics, ability to work with others, and their technology skills. Cooperative Learning Groups
  • 6. Teacher Materials  Copies of student rubric  List of online resources  Student laptops  Project guidelines  List of student groups  Sample popplet
  • 7. Student Resources and Materials search.creativecommons.org Students will go to the South Dakota State Library webpage to access the following online resources  World Book Kids  World Book Student  SIRS Discoverer Student Materials 1. computer, rubric, notebook, pencil, checklist of required information.
  • 8. Learning Outcomes  Students will create a concept map with the information they collect on the website www.popplet.com .  Students will work in groups to research an animal of their choice.  Students will cite all sources used.  Students will collect the following information:  Animal’s name  Animal’s physical characteristics  Animal’s habitat  Animal’s diet  Interesting facts  Images
  • 9. Description of final assignment The final project will be completed on www.popplet.com The required elements will include:  The animal’s name  Three details about the animal’s physical appearance  A minimum of one image of the animal from the creative commons website  Three details about the animal’s habitat  Three details about the animal’s diet  Three interesting facts about the animal
  • 10. Instructional Procedures  Day one  Introduce the animal research project to the students.  Put students in pre-assigned groups  Give students time to choose an animal for their topic
  • 11. Instructional Procedures continued  Day two  Students will research their animal’s physical appearance using the provided technology resources.  Students will record a minimum of three facts they learned about their animal’s physical appearance.
  • 12. Instructional Procedures continued  Day three  Students will research their animal’s habitat using the provided technology resources.  Students will record a minimum of three facts they learned about their animal’s habitat.
  • 13. Instructional Procedures continued  Day four  Students will research their animal’s diet using the provided technology resources.  Students will record a minimum of three facts they learned about their animal’s diet.
  • 14. Instructional Procedures continued  Day five  Students will research their animal to find interesting facts using the provided technology resources.  Students will record a minimum of three interesting facts they learned about their animal.
  • 15. Instructional Procedures continued  Days 6 and 7  Students will use the information they gathered to create a popplet.  A sample popplet can be viewed at http://popplet.com/app/#/1758646
  • 16. Rubric
  • 17. Peer Review