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Science - 5th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 2
The purpose of this activity is to teach the text structure of descriptive writing in the science context of animal adaptations.
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The purpose of this activity is to teach the text structure of descriptive writing in the science context of animal adaptations. It is assumed that Introducing Text Structures in Science has already been taught using descriptive text structure examples. This lesson is intended to be a model lesson and is not expected to be the only occasion where students write descriptive texts in science. The principles taught in this lesson may be adapted for use in any of the Science Core Curriculum Objectives where description is emphasized.
This activity is intended to mesh with the activities about heredity in Standard V. You will be organizing physical and behavioral adaptations of burrowing owls. The text for this activity is a four-page booklet from the Project Wild Wildlife Notebook Series and can be downloaded from their Web site (see Additional Resources). The Wildlife Notebook Series includes booklets for 18 different animals. Several books listed in Additional Resources describe more animal adaptations.
1. Use Science Process and Thinking Skills
3. Understand Science Concepts and Principles
4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning
Invitation to Learn
Show students a poster or drawing of a burrowing owl (you may choose other animals as your focus for this lesson). Form groups of three to five and have students work together to review the poster and identify adaptations they see in this animal.