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Learners will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of animals that inhabit different kinds of environments while demonstrating the ability to describe the polar bears external features that help them thrive in different climates. Students will observe a YouTube video that engages the inception of living science content in conjunction with a fun imaginative story that encompasses the actual living environment of the polar bear.
The students will later use google street view in an effort to demonstrate the reality of these far away environments. Art will be integrated in this assignment to foster fine motor skill enhancement and to connect the digital world to the actual world, and they can bring it home to show Mom and Dad.
Common Core Academic Content Standard
1 Plants and animals meet their needs in different ways. As a basis for understanding this concept:
2 Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants need light.
3 Students know animals eat plants or other animals for food and may also use plants or even other animals for shelter and nesting.
Technology Standard: NETS for Students:
a. use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. (http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForStudents/NETS_for_Students.htm)
Website Addresses Used as Resources:
3. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/11/polar-bears-in-street-view-polar-bear.html - .WAKHLGNlkdV
Student Research Questions:
1 What do you want to know about Polar Bears in the Arctic? Do you wonder if the Bear thinks his/her life is hard?
2. In the video how did the children describe the snow beneath their feet?
3. A cave is a place polar bears go to for what?
4. Why are polar bears white?
5. How do polar bears find their food?
6. What is the temperature where the polar bears live?
7. What is the temperature today where we live?
8. What happens to the ice when it heats up?
9. A little polar bear is called a _____?
10. How many cubs can a Mother polar bear have?
The use of the internet for this lesson has allowed students to see and hear polar bears in their native environments. Even as the air blows through the trees in the video, it allows students to imagine clearly the environment they are learning about. In the Google street view the children will be able to manipulate the camera and feel like they are a part of the faraway place. This will be more of a familiarizing activity that allows students to gain interest in technology. I will assess the students’ depth of knowledge by using an informal assessment methodology. I would not be grading the students on their responses or inquiries. I would allow for creative thought by providing a secure environment for students to investigate, hypothesize and cite evidence. The criteria used for assessing the enduring understanding would be the use of technology within the lesson. The aptitude of each student will be apparent and individual prompting and guidance will be provided immediately.