In Texas, Gifted and Talented students from Kindergarten on up are provided with the Texas Performance Standards Project, which provides several units to choose from and follow throughout the course of each school year. This 69 page unit is based on the primary tasks provided in the "Animal Nation" unit. A syllabus and the activities based on the suggestions and questions provided in the unit have been created to steadily pace the students and guide them throughout their research and the crediting of their findings. The research and the crediting of their sources/works cited are based on APA format.
Many educators question the need for young children to learn how to cite their sources, but exposure is the key. Early on, students need to know that when they borrow several people's work, it is called research. When students use someone else's words without giving the author credit, it is called plagiarism.Therefore, this unit provides brainstorming activities and guided practice on the structure of citing sources that will get them ready for their final presentation. This unit does not cover information about the animals themselves. Students will select the animal that they wish to study throughout the school year as they brainstorm, survey, and research animals in books.
An editable cover sheet and syllabus is included so that educators can make their adjustments on when they will provide students with the activities and assignments found in the curriculum and how much they will value each assignment/activity.
The following link is one of the primary tasks for 1st grade: