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First graders will begin with a hands-on technology introduction activity of a Paint picture example on the Internet. This Paint web site includes a picture, a story, and a higher order thinking question. After reading and discussing the book, The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate The Wash, 1st graders will develop a picture about the book using the a computer drawing program. This is a cross curricular lesson integrating technology, art, and language arts skills.
Explore the understory level of the rain forest and the animals that inhabit it. After reading such books as Janelle Cannon’s Verdi, groups of researchers use the internet to search for information about animals (spider monkeys, boas, pythons, butterflies, etc.) that live in the understory. Richly detailed, the plan includes numerous activities, modifications, and enrichment activities.
Students read the reader's theater play, 'The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash.' They practice reading for fluency and present the story through acting and oral reading. Some students read the script and others act it out. They switch roles and perform the play a second time.
Students compare and contrast reptiles to other reptiles and other animals. In this reptile lesson, students read "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash." Students sing the "Monkey and Alligator Song" and make a list of animals that are reptiles. Students complete a Venn diagram
Pupils identify the characteristics of birds and explain how these characteristics are useful in their survival. They explain how both physical and environmental adaptations help birds survive and reproduce. Students create an imaginary bird based on information regarding appropriate adaptations.
Students write about meeting an animal with special powers. In this writing lesson, students write a three part story, based on the idea of Harry Potter's encounter with a boa constrictor at the zoo. They think up their own animal and use showing words instead of telling words.