Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines What Animal Will You Research? - Section 5: Students Create a Tree Map of an Animal & Its Habitat

 

The crab tree map is an excellent example of researching and providing appropriate traits of the animal. If students finish their task before the allotted time, I ask them to draw. In this case, the drawing demonstrates that crabs have 10 legs and live in the ocean.

With the blue morpho butterfly tree map, I like how my student organized her details. I didn't ask them to, but I am happy they are taking initiative about how to organize information. This shows me they are taking ownership of the task.

My student who created the coyote tree map does a very good job of locating the traits on the diagram on the sheet. I like how he listed the traits, given how his writing is usually disorganized.

Lastly, with the zebras tree map, the student uses some sentences in coordination with phrases. This is progress for this student, who has struggled with reading and writing most of the year. She didn't finish reading her informational habitat sheet to label the traits of her animal, so she will need to finish it when we continue the lesson. Also, I am going to ask her to add a couple more details to her animal.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Sample Student Tree Maps
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What Animal Will You Research?

Unit 6: Habitats: Exploring the Regions Of Our World
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT: Identify and research the traits of an animal and its habitat using informational text.

Big Idea: The coyote lives in the desert. The toucan can be found in the rainforest. The angelfish and the blue whale swim together. What animal will each of my students choose?

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