Lesson Plan : National Zoo Virtual Field Trip 1

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 Observation and Research of Animals on Virtual Field Trip
 animal, structure, growth/change, movement, surroundings, behavior, observe, care, similarities,
 TLW observe animals on live web cam and discuss similar and different features among animals TLW observe adult and baby animals on live web cam and compare similarities and differences. TLW observe and common behaviors of animals on web cam. TLW observe animals on live web cam and tell about how to care for animals. TLW identify basic needs of animals observed on live web cam TLW identify how an animal moves (hop,run, crawl, etc)
 1.01 Observe and describe the similarities and differences among animals, including Structure, Growth, Change, & Movement. 1.02 Observe how animals interact with their surroundings. 1.03 Observe the behaviors of several common animals. 1.04 Demonstrate how to care for a variety of animals. 1.05 Observe the similarities of humans to other animals including: basic needs, growth/change, and movement.
 Smart Board Computers with Internet Connection (10-12 computers if possible), Wiki created for Kindergarten at T.C.Berrien ELMO Projector Journals Pens, Paper, Markers, Pencils
 We are going to begin our 2 week "virtual field trip" to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Turn and talk to a partner and describe what you hope you will get to see on our trip.
 Today we will look at the list of animals that have live web cameras at the National Zoo in Washington, DC We will choose one of the animals to study today. We will begin recording information in our Wiki...we will include what we know about the animal, want to know about the animal, and at the end of the lesson we will record what we have learned aboutthe animal on our wiki.
 You will have the opportunity to observe the animals on the web cam during literacy centers in the morning and math and science centers in the afternoon. You will then record your observations in your animal journal. We will share our animal journals at the end of the day and record our new information on our wiki.
 Students will draw & write according to own development/ability in journals using a combination fo pictures, letters, and words. Students may work with a peer/partner to complete the assignment.
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher questioning, teacher observation, journal reflection records of each student, evidence of K-W-L input by students, group discussion. Anectdotal records of teacher.
 Today we learned about one of our animals on our list we have chosen to study in our animals unit. We will record our information about what we have learned about the animal in our the "L/learned part of our K-W-L chart in our wiki. (Complete chart on WIKI at this time.) Today and every day we work in our animals unit we will research, and record our findings. We will invite others in our school as well as your parents to share in our WIKI and they can learn from your work.
 Students will help to create a rubric to help evaluate their peformance during this unit.

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