The Amphibian and Reptile Research, Writing, and Measurement Project is a companion piece to the Ocean Animal Research, Writing, and Measurement Project. It provides students with similar resources found in the ocean animal research project to practice conducting research and informative writing. The teacher research PowerPoint enables teachers to build background knowledge about amphibians and reptiles, introduce key vocabulary, and model the steps of the research process. A completed graphic organizer is included to help guide your extraction of facts from websites and videos during your “how to conduct research” presentation. Please note that this package does not contain written exemplars with talking points to guide your informative writing think-aloud. I strongly encourage you to consider purchasing and presenting the Ocean Animal Research, Writing, and Measurement Project prior to introducing this project if a step-by-step informative writing think-aloud guide is desired or needed. However, grade-level specific rubrics that contain criteria aligned to the Common Core research and writing standards can help guide your writing think-aloud. The rubrics have been designed to follow the flow of a well-organized research paper and to make grading student research and writing a breeze.
The project concludes with an optional “actual size” measurement activity. The measurement cards contain animal silhouettes with each animal’s average length rounded to the nearest whole inch, foot, centimeter, and meter. The measuring activity can easily be adapted to fit a desired non-standard measurement tool.
Once the research project has been introduced, students can be instructed to work independently, collaboratively, or with guidance from an adult based on their respective ability and maturity levels. The project can be completed as a whole group activity or as a writing center activity. Best of all, the students can repeatedly use the resources to conduct research on other amphibians and reptiles that interest them, and you can repeatedly use the resources regardless of which grade you are assigned to teach in the future.
A roll of black butcher block paper if not available at your school, rulers and yard/meter sticks, a USB flash drive to transfer the student research PowerPoint and Word templates to student computers
1 Teacher presentation PowerPoint to guide your think-aloud on how to conduct research
2 Student research PowerPoints with website and video links for each animal: 1st grade and 2nd-5th grade
1 Ocean animal research signup sheet
1 Ocean animal “facts at a glance” reference sheet
4 Rubrics with letter grade conversions: 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd- 4th grade, and 5th grade
1 Set of transitional words and phrases bookmarks
1 Recommended book list containing 58 titles with links to WorldCat.org
4 Graphic organizers: lined and unlined with definition space, primary-lined without space for definitions
1 Dictionary graphic organizer
5 Choices of bordered writing paper: 5/16” and 1/2” lined full and half pages and an unlined page
3 Templates in Word for student typing: with headings, without headings, book format
20 Ocean animal measurement cards containing animal silhouettes and animal lengths in inches, feet, centimeters, and meters: Alligator, anaconda, axolotl, boa constrictor, bullfrog, chameleon, crocodile, Darwin’s frog, frilled lizard, Galapagos tortoise, gecko, Gila monster, iguana, king cobra, Komodo dragon, poison dart frog, rattlesnake, red-eyed tree frog, snapping turtle, and tiger salamander
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