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Cat 250 willow elementary school newsletter

  1. 1. Willow Elementary SchoolMs. O. Martin’s 4th Grade ClassHello parents, students and members in thecommunity. How Animals Survive ProjectThis newsletter is for specially designed classroomprojects Project duration five weeks. Starting date 09/02/2012.This Month’s Project is called Due date 10/09/2012. Project requires that someHow Animals Survive materials be purchased to safely work with animals, such as hand sanitizer and gloves. Project will include two guest lecturers. Project will include one field trip. Some task will be completed outside.Students will learn to care for a classroom petrabbit while gaining insight on how certainanimals are able survive in the wild.Students will also study about the diet typethat rabbits have and the different regionsand climates that they live in. Page 1 of 8
  2. 2. The standards covered for this project.4th Grade Science Standard 5.) Describe the interdependence of plants andanimals.4th Grade Science Standard 6.) Classify animals as vertebrates orinvertebrates and as endotherms or ectotherms.5th Grade Science Standard 7.) Identify common parts of plant and animalcells, including the nucleus, cytoplasm, and cell membrane.ObjectivesStudents gather information on blood cells in animals and note the differencesbetween those cells and plant cells.Students will analyze how blood cells affect the heart in rabbits.Students will gather information and discuss the type of diet rabbits have.Students will learn and gather information on the different habitats of rabbits.Student will gather information and hold discussions sessions about why rabbitsare located in certain areas.Students will be able to explain the different hardships rabbits face to gatherfood due to the region they live in.Technology and leadership skills objectives.Students learn to use power point excel as a way to organize the informationthey collect.Students learn to use Wiki pages to share information with other students. Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. Project QuestionsStudents should ask themselves these questionswhile completing the project. ?Essential QuestionHow have species adapted to their environment?Unit QuestionsWhat is unique about rabbits between other animals?How are some animals able to survive in cold climates?Content QuestionsWhere are rabbits located?What do rabbits eat?Where do rabbits make their dens? Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. Project guide • The students will collect information and discuss the different abilities that animals have to survive in the wild. • Students will learn about the type of eating habits that rabbits have and use the information they gather to correctly feed the classroom pet rabbit. • The student will go on a field trip to a local zoo. • Students will attend two lectures in the classroom and have the opportunity to ask questions about working as a zoologist and as a veterinarian. • Students will be asked to conduct interviews. • Students will learn about the different regions that rabbits are found in. • Students will learn and be able to discuss the differences between living and non-living things. • The students will learn how to take care for a pet animal by collecting information on the type of living spaces rabbits live in and by fixing the classroom pet rabbits pen area to meet those needs. • Students will complete a final PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate what they learned from the project.Benefits of the Project • The students will gain improved research skills by using new technology tools. • Students will be able to distinguish important information from secondary information when working on essay papers and other classroom assignments. • Students will develop leadership skills by becoming familiar with organizing group discussions and helping other students with tasks for the project. Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. Responsibility of the Teacher • As the instructor it is my job: • To ensure that the students are gaining skills and up to date information about the necessary subjects, that will help them in their current and future studies within the classroom. • To ensure that the students are achieving the highest level in their academic studies possible. • To ensure that the students complete the project safely. • To provide students the opportunity to explore career fields that may interest them by having they complete tasks that relate to those fields. • To provide them with opportunities that will inspire them to continue their academic studies.Responsibility of the Parent • To ensure that injuries are prevented while completing the project I ask that you remind students that they will be working with a pet animal and that they should not play roughly with it. • If you child participates in the project I ask that you ensure that the needed items for working safely with the pet rabbit are purchased beforehand. • I ask that you remind students to not only use the time working with the pet rabbit to play with it, but learn from taking care of it, and that it takes work and responsibility to raise it and ensure that it remains healthy. Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. Responsibility of the Student • Students should come to class prepared to complete their tasks for the project. • Needed items to complete tasks should not be left at home on school days. • Time in the classroom is not for playing. • Separate tasks that are to be completed at home should be done on schedule so as not to delay to completion of the final group project.Project Based Learning • Project based learning is a process where teachers encourage students to have a greater part in what knowledge they gain about a classroom topic. • With this style of learning student become more independent in their studies, they are encouraged to organize the information that they collect. • Students are encouraged to share the information that they learned and collected with others by making presentation and by maintaining webpages. • The students are encouraged to ask more questions and to look for answers to those questions by doing experiments, and holding interviews with others who are experts in the field that they are learning about. Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. Project Based Learning Within this classroom This style of learning will be used in this classroom to: 1. Familiarize students with new technology tools that can be used to work collaboratively with others and to effectively share the information that they gathered and learned, with other students. 2. Familiarize students with the process of conducting interviews. 3. Encourage students to work collaboratively with others while creating charts and collecting information for presentations. 4. Help students find inspiration to continue their studies in the future. 5. Help students to find enjoyment in the process of studying. Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. Contact InformationPlease fill free to contact me if you have any questionsregarding the project or the class.Office # 207Office hours 5:00pm-6:00pmEmail: omail.comPhone: 205-111-111 Page 8 of 8