As a class, students will consider the guiding question of should people keep wild animals as pets. They’ll vote yes or no in a group poll. Then, students can split up into two groups, but with a twist!
Students who voted yes will read an article about why people should not keep wild animals as pets. Students who voted no will read about the benefit of keeping pets. In both readings, students will practice writing about the main idea of these nonfiction texts.
You can then bring the class together for a group discussion in which students can explain the main ideas of the articles they read. You can then guide the class through a discussion. Did anyone change their mind? Why or why not?
In a separate period, students can respond to a longer writing prompt about whether they think people should keep wild animals as pets based on their research and discussions. This can be good practice for hitting on those deeper Depth of Knowledge levels.
Materials needed: Projector for teacher’s screen.
Have fun! :)
Common Core Standards: 3.RI.1—3rd Grade Summarizing