Lots of great scientific information in this informational book, and the teaching guide has a ton of activities and information that tie into Common Core. It was hard to pick from materials that cover parts of speech, the five senses, and various scientific topics. But in the end, I went with the dichotomous key because that's something we do every year in fourth grade and I'm always looking for ways to spice up those lessons.
Activity Name: Dichotomous (Yes/No) Key
Activity Description: "A dichotomous key helps to sort (classify) animals. These keys work by asking yes or
no questions. Each answer leads to another yes or no question, until the animal class is
identified. There are five classes of animals with backbones (vertebrates): fish, reptiles,
amphibians, birds, and mammals. Use the information found in the book to match the animal
to its classification."
Objective: Classify organisms according to one selected feature, such as body covering, and identify
other similarities shared by organisms within each group formed.
Describe several external features and behaviors of animals that can be used to classify them (e.g.,
size, color, shape of body parts).
Identify observable similarities and differences (e.g., number of legs, body coverings, size) between/
among different groups of animals.
Check out this cute snowglobe craft.
4/2/2018 10:50:10 am
Thank you Kate for sharing! We are having a picture perfect snowglobe day outside! Snow gently falling, oh wait, there’s pollen in that snow! http://www.noaa.gov/stories/how-do-snowflakes-form-science-behind-snow Happy Spring!
4/2/2018 04:55:35 pm
Yes, the snow was beautiful this morning, and it looks like there's more to come. Maybe if I think about the fact that there's pollen in that snow, I'll be able to appreciate their beauty even more. After all, pollen means spring is on the way, right?! Come on spring!
1/3/2021 09:31:05 am
This is awesoome
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