This AMAZING activity is a PBL and RAFT activity based on the problem:
Burmese Pythons have been introduced to Florida’s Everglades. They are perfectly adapted to the environment and their population is rapidly growing. Pythons are at the top of the food chain. Think about how the power that they have affects the world around them.
This activity is aligned with the 4th Grade NC Essential Standards.. Students are able to learn the content for:
4.L.1.1 Give examples of changes in an organism’s environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.
4.L.1.2 Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.
4.L.1.4 Explain how differences among animals of the same population can give an advantage in surviving & reproducing.
What is Problem Based Learning?
Problem-Based Learning is student-centered. The context for learning in PBL is highly content-specific. It serves to teach content, (in this case, the 4th grade Essential Standards,) by presenting the students with a real-world challenge similar to one they might encounter when they grow up. This approach stimulates students to take responsibility for their own learning. PBL activities encourage collaboration among students, stresses the development of problem solving skills, and is aimed at increasing motivation for life-long learning.
What is RAFT?
RAFT is a writing strategy that helps students focus on their role as a writer and how to effectively communicate their ideas. Additionally, RAFT helps students focus on the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the topic they'll be writing about. By using this strategy, teachers encourage students to write creatively, to consider a topic from multiple perspectives, and to gain the ability to write for different audiences.
Students learn to respond to writing prompts that require them to think about various perspectives:
• Role: Who are you as the writer? An animal? An actor? A principal?
• Audience: To whom are you writing? A teacher? A plant? Readers of a newspaper?
• Format: In what format are you writing? A diary entry? A newspaper? A text messages?
• Topic: What are you writing about? To inform about a topic? To persuade someone of something?