Having completed the City Wildlife unit for the first time, these are my thoughts on what the unit is about and how I would approach teaching it next time.
Students already know a little bit about animals. They’ve had the animal unit and the camouflage unit prior to coming to third grade. But this is not just an animals unit…The trick here is in categorizing animals as living in the city or not and talking about the unique challenges that city animals face versus animals living elsewhere.
Graphic organizers which categorize animals by habitat would be helpful (perhaps a tree map) and organizers that compare and contrast living in the city or in rural areas (like a Venn Diagram or Double Bubble) would be helpful.
Please join me on the blog for Unit Opener Planning Week, the week of October 15-20, a week spent planning and reflecting on possible unit opener ideas for the next unit.
Here’s the schedule for this blog (entries posted at 7:30 AM PST):
Monday 10/15 Best Practices for Unit Openers/Anticipatory Sets
Tuesday 10/16 Virtual Guest Speakers: Videoconferencing Made Easy
Wednesday 10/17 Activating your concept/question board
Thursday 10/17 Second Grade, Kindness Ideas
Friday 10/18 Third Grade, City Wildlife Ideas
Saturday 10/19 Fourth Grade, Dollars and Sense/Dreams to Jobs Ideas
Sunday 10/20 Fifth Grade, Astronomy Ideas
I also tag the following Open Court bloggers to continue or begin their discussions of their upcoming units:
1st Grade: Portable Superstars
2nd Grade: City Teacher
2nd Grade: 2A Vikings
2nd Grade: Mrs. Creticos
3rd Grade: Jose Rodriguez
3rd Grade: Jane Little
4th Grade: Mr. McCauley
4th Grade: Mr. K
4th Grade: Mr. Lawton
Ms. Mercer from a multi-level computer lab perspective
Special2Me from a special education perspective
You need not be tagged or be an Open Court Reading teacher to participate. Please post about your plans to introduce your next unit, link back to this post, and leave a response here with a link to your post.
I hope we end the week with some great ideas and pages when can go back to in the future for reference.
Continue to Unit Opener Ideas.