Reflection: Intervention and Extension Forming an Argument - Section 1: Field Guide (Instructional Notes)


Every fall, our first grade brings in a program by the Department of Natural Resources called Scales and Tales.  The program brings some awesome creatures, including birds!  This was such a great way to bring real, live birds in for students to observe and learn about.  It was amazing to see student reactions to birds too, now that they are such experts.

Here is a video when the naturalist reveals a vulture.  The students could hardly sit still!

Here is a video describing the writing we did when we returned to the classroom, creating informational posters about the animals.  We use the Communication Strategies Anchor Chart from our first science unit to guide our work.

Finally, here are some samples of student work.

Scales and Tales hallway display #1

Scales and Tales hallway display #2

Scales and Tales hallway display #3

Scales and Tales hallway display #4

By providing students with experiences like Scales and Tales, we can make the curriculum much more meaningful for them.

  Intervention and Extension: Enrichment through visiting experts
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Forming an Argument

Unit 2: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Lesson 16 of 16

Objective: SWBAT write an opinion describing a pattern of behavior that helps offspring survive.

Big Idea: First graders sure do have opinions, right? Today, they write their opinion about which bird has the most unique way it helps its offspring survive.

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