Unit 2 Alaska Exploration and Research
Unit 2 is a focus on Alaska which is my platform for teaching them how to do research and to demonstrate how a person's environment effects the way of life. Here are the components of what I planned:
READING Whole Class Book Club/Socratic Seminar: Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
WRITING Workshop: 5 Paragraph Informational Essay THEN a 5 Paragraph Research Paper
When we start the research paper, they will be researching a US state of their choice while I model researching Alaska. They will have at least 2 "just right" books of their choice to use as references. They will not use the internet as part of research (too much to teach about how to do that at this point in the year!).
SCIENCE: The Scientific Method
For example, an experiment I will do with the class will be about permafrost which is a landform found in Alaska. We will have a "State Fair" at the end that replicates a traditional Science Fair without awards. Everyone will share information on their state and their experiment. Students will share how their experiments relates to the state that they researched.
I have Science Journals for each student, and this is the place where they will take their notes from lessons and record all of our experiments. We started off with a Cloud Collection experiment to answer the questions if clouds determine weather, and do certain clouds produce various types of precipitation.
Social Studies: 50 States and Capitals
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