English Language Arts

Reading Literature

This lesson, combining language arts and science, has students analyzing Cherokee folktales centered on the topic of birds. Students read, retell, and find examples of science and Cherokee culture within each folktale. Afterwards, the students will use flashcards to determine how and why some folktales may have come into existence.

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Reading Informational Text

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Reading Foundational Skills

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Writing

Students will learn to give and use effective feedback for learning and transformation by creating a drawing of a bird, joining a critique group and giving and receiving from each other feedback. They will revise their drawings up to four times, as decided by the critique group before determining it is finished.

This series of lessons teaches students how bird beaks and feet are adapted to their habitat/food needs to provide for their survival.  Students will study different bird beak and feet shapes and apply this learning by building a fictitious bird and writing about how this bird’s beak and feet will meet its needs to survive in a specific habitat.

Students will get the feel of what it means to concentrate and actively process information when they use a hand lens or 5x mag loupe to closely observe a feather. Following drawing and thinking by analogy, students will create some sort of written product to be determined by the student.

Students will set up stations and observe birds feeding. They will collect data, make claims with evidence with reasons. Students will then compose an opinion piece based upon their findings.

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Speaking and Listening

Students will learn to give and use effective feedback for learning and transformation by creating a drawing of a bird, joining a critique group and giving and receiving from each other feedback. They will revise their drawings up to four times, as decided by the critique group before determining it is finished.

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Language

Students will get the feel of what it means to concentrate and actively process information when they use a hand lens or 5x mag loupe to closely observe a feather. Following drawing and thinking by analogy, students will create some sort of written product to be determined by the student.

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